Gazelles Growth Institute Teaches How to Triple Success in Hiring A-Players

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Topgrading Method Rewards C-Level Executives with High Performance Teams: Gazelles Growth Institute announces the rollout of its Topgrading course that will train C-level executives how to accurately identify and hire top performers for their organizations.

“The value of high performers at a company is unparalleled. In fact, the single most important skill a business leader can develop is how to interview and hire the right people.” – Verne Harnish, co-founder and principal at Gazelles.

Today Gazelles Growth Institute (GGI) announced the rollout of its Topgrading course that will train C-level executives in how to accurately identify and hire top performers for their organizations. The six-week program developed by Dr. Brad Smart, acknowledged to be the world's foremost expert on hiring, will begin on February 14, 2013 and be available to the first 40 companies registered on the GGI learning platform.

Dr. Smart has taught leading companies such as General Electric, Honeywell, and the American Heart Association how to use Topgrading to hire and promote more productive, high performance employees. The principles are in such demand that in 2012 "Topgrading" made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller lists and for a brief period of time was the #1 best seller of all 17 million books sold in the US. In the third edition of "Topgrading," 40 case studies were reviewed and the average result of applying the book's principles has been tripling the average company's success in hiring high performing team members.

Participants in the Gazelles program will have an advantage in mastering the skills of evaluating resumes and pinpointing the best candidates. They will be taught with a hybrid-educational approach consisting of video instruction supported by customized coaching and guided implementation.

“The Topgrading process helps companies and candidates get to the essence of both the job and the individual—assuring both of the best possible matches and retention,” states Daniel Marcos, CEO of Gazelles Growth Institute. “Some of the companies that rely on this method of hiring and keeping top talent include John Hopkins, Barclays, and Johnson & Johnson.”

The class will begin with a four-hour overview video and introduction to an in-depth training manual. Then students will login to a series of six, 90-minute webinars where they can interact with a Topgrading certified coach and other students to share their experiences, successes, and failures with the methodology over the span of the program.

During the class, a Topgrading Certified Coach will also conduct a one-on-one, 90-minute consultation with each student to walk them through the implementation of Topgrading at their organization. All the materials from the class, will be recorded into a learning portal, accessible for up to a year. At the completion of the course, students will be fully ready to implement the Topgrading methodology and hire more A-Players.

“The value of high performers at a company is unparalleled,” comments Verne Harnish, co-founder and principal at Gazelles. “In fact, the single most important skill a business leader can develop is how to interview and hire the right people.”

The first Topgrading course (with a limit of 40 seats available) will begin February 14th. To register or learn more about the course, please email: juan(at)growthinstitute(dot)com or call at 1-800-975- 5108, option 1.

About Gazelles Growth Institute
Gazelles Growth Institute (GGI) is an online, executive education company serving a community of lifelong learners in more than 15 countries worldwide. It was founded by Verne Harnish and Daniel Marcos to offer effective, accessible training that strengthens a company's ability to outlearn its competitors and gain an advantage in the marketplace. Gazelles Growth Institute assists C-level executives in adopting business strategies to grow their companies faster. The business principles from acclaimed, thought leaders are taught through a hybrid-learning process that incorporates theory, practice and guided implementation. Certified coaches assist companies in customizing and applying the business principles to the priorities and daily activities of their particular company.

Quite simply, Gazelles Growth Institute makes it easier for busy executives to learn and apply new techniques and methodologies that will positively impact their business.

Daniel Marcos, CEO at the Gazelles Growth Institute

Selected as one of the “30 in their 30´s” by Expansion Magazine (when he was just 29!), Daniel is an entrepreneur, business coach and blogger with an outstanding record of success. He is the founder, coach and international speaker at Inflection, a management coaching company that helps executives and entrepreneurs achieve their goals and grow their companies faster. He co-founded Creditos123, LLC, a leading online lending exchange that serves the Hispanic community in the USA. Marcos created Finanzas Web, the first financial website focused on Mexican financial markets., an angel fund specializing in internet related businesses, is also his brainchild. Earlier in his career, Daniel was a broker at Lloyd’s of London and later served as Financial Attaché to the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong. Currently, Daniel is the blogger of, sites dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow their business. Daniel is a graduate of EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants,” and its continuation, “Gathering of The Titans.” He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from I.T.E.S.M. (Monterrey Tech) and an M.B.A. (cum laude) from Babson College at Wellesley, MA.

Verne Harnish, Co-Founder and Principal at the Gazelles Growth Institute

Named by FORTUNE Small Business magazine as one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business," entrepreneur, author and FORTUNE magazine columnist, Verne Harnish, is a highly sought management consultant, specializing in leadership, strategic planning and business growth. His book, "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm" has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Verne is also the founder of EO, the Entrepreneurs Organization (, and the CEO of Gazelles Inc.

Brad Smart, Ph.D., President and CEO of Topgrading, Inc.

Dr. Brad Smart completed his doctorate in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, entered consulting, and since the 1970s has been in private practice as President of Topgrading, Inc., based in the Chicago area. Brad is frequently acknowledged to be the world's foremost expert on hiring. As a consultant to many visible Global 100 companies, Brad introduced Topgrading methods. Brad has conducted in-depth interviews with over 6,500 executives. Topgrading, Inc. helps companies Topgrade by assessing and coaching teams, conducting Topgrading® workshops, and providing books, handbooks, and videos to help clients Topgrade on their own. The resulting improvements in company performance have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal, in many Fortune articles, and on CNN.


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