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Winning CEO Approval with HR and Harnessing the Power of Topgrading

Unlocking the Full Potential of Human Resources Through Topgrading: A Conversation with Brad Smart

The Human Resources (HR) function is often undervalued, under-respected, and left to handle the least glamorous tasks in an organization. However, HR professionals have the potential to make a significant impact on the success of a company by improving the quality of their hires. One proven method for achieving this is through Topgrading, a hiring approach developed by Dr. Brad Smart, founder, and CEO of Topgrading, Inc.

With over 50 years of experience, Dr. Smart has sold ideas to CEOs and helped countless HR executives improve their hiring processes. He has learned the importance of understanding CEOs’ priorities and expectations in order to create successful HR initiatives. In this article, we explore Dr. Smart’s insights into effectively selling HR proposals to CEOs and how Topgrading can transform your organization.

The Art of Selling HR Initiatives to CEOs

When pitching HR ideas to CEOs, avoid relying solely on industry trends or listing features and benefits without context. Instead, Dr. Smart suggests using active listening and research to understand the CEO’s strategic goals and align your proposal with their vision.

  1. Listen: Understand the CEO’s key strategic goals and the role HR plays in achieving them. Ask open-ended questions to gather valuable insights.
  2. Reflective Listening: Repeat key points back to the CEO, demonstrating that you have heard and understood their concerns and priorities.
  3. Research: Conduct thorough research on the company, its competitors, and the market to create a well-informed proposal that aligns with the CEO’s objectives.
  4. Make Your Proposal: Clearly state how your request will help the CEO achieve the organization’s strategic goals. Be concise and focused, and respond to questions with confidence.
  5. Next Steps: When the CEO agrees to the next step, whether it’s a presentation to the executive committee or a written proposal, leave the conversation on a positive note.

The Power of Topgrading

Topgrading is a revolutionary hiring approach that combats candidate hype and lack of verifiability by using a comprehensive methodology to assess candidates’ skills, accomplishments, and potential. The approach has been successfully implemented in organizations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and has consistently delivered impressive results.

Dr. Smart’s latest book, “Foolproof Hiring,” co-authored with Topgrading President Chris Mursau, is set to release on April 25, 2023. The book provides valuable insights and strategies for implementing Topgrading in any organization, ensuring the recruitment of high-performing employees who will drive the company forward.

Start Your Topgrading Journey Today

To learn more about Topgrading and how it can transform your HR function, download the free eGuide or attend the next Topgrading Webinar. These resources will provide valuable information on the most effective recruitment methods, how to identify the most honest and high-performing applicants, and how to verify candidate information with confidence.

Don’t miss the opportunity to pre-order “Foolproof Hiring” on Amazon and unlock the full potential of your HR function. Visit www.Topgrading.com to connect with Dr. Brad Smart and discover how Topgrading can revolutionize your organization’s hiring process.

Contact Topgrading, Inc. today to learn more about their assessment and training services, and take the first step toward creating a workforce of top performers that will drive your organization’s success.

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