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Chris Mursau is the President of Topgrading, an agency that helps companies and individual managers hire top talent since 2001. Chris has conducted over 2,500 in-depth top rating assessments and has helped numerous people achieve their best potential.

Chris’s list of clients includes Bank of America, Red Bull, and lots more. They serve fortune 500 companies, small to medium-sized businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Chris Mursau talks about Topgrading’s philosophy for hiring
  • What makes someone an A-player and why it’s important to have one in the company
  • How to attract and retain A-players in your company
  • Chris gives his best tips on hiring A-players
  • Why it’s more costly to hire someone who isn’t an A-player
  • Red flags to look out for when hiring someone
  • Chris uses the Mariano grocery store chain as an example of how Topgrading’s method for hiring boosted their business
  • Topgrading workshops and resources that you need to know about

In this episode…

A company is only as good as the performance of its people but many businesses struggle with hiring A-players. Why? Because weeding them out from a list of applicants takes time and retaining them can also be a challenge. But according to Chris Mursau, President of Topgrading, the cost of hiring a person who isn’t an A-player is so much higher than the extra pay you have to shell out when you actually hire one.

So how can you attract and retain A-players into your company and how exactly can they help take your business to the next level?

In this episode of InspiredInsider, Dr. Jeremy Weisz interviews Chris Mursau about what makes a person an A-player, his crucial role in building up your business, how to get him to get on board with your company, and why the Topgrading method for hiring is the best way to get the right people hired for the right job. Stay tuned.

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz 0:22
As you listen to this interview, I just want to give a quick shout out. This is about Topgrading. This is about hiring top talent, which every company that I talked to, that really wants to grow and thrive really focuses on hiring top talent. So you’re gonna like this one,

Jeremy Weisz 0:38
check out the book, Topgrading, by Brad smart, Brad smart,

Jeremy Weisz 0:43
wrote the book Topgrading and is the founder and I, in this interview, Chris Mursau saw who’s the president of Topgrading, who’s been doing this since 2001. Give some amazing tips listen to the part where he talks about torque which is to RC, which is part of their filtering process in some of the big mistakes people make with hiring that much more coming up right now. Dr. Jeremy Weisz here founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders and if you’ve listened to any episodes before you’ve heard some people you’ve heard of some people you’ve never heard of, and, and Chris, what I like to talk about is some of the interesting, challenging stories that people have. So p90x founder, Tony Horton, yeah, he talked about he’s obviously sold millions and millions, hundreds of millions of dollars of DVDs, but he talked about when he was a making food and rent money as a street mime on the street. And that’s how he made his food and rent money originally and Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chucky cheese, he was Steve Jobs and mentor. He talked about not only when he lost everything he had to take his whole family, he said is a trip around the world and they had to stay at different people’s houses because they lost Everything but no one knew anything different because he just pulled in some favors. And Steve Jobs also early on offered on 33% of Apple for $50,000 and why he said no, that and many more stories you can check out inspired for more interviews and today’s episode is brought to you by Rise25.

I co founded Rise25 with my business partner John Corcoran. And we help b2b businesses connect their dream 100 clients and referral partners by helping you run your podcast so that it generates ROI. For me, you know, podcasting is much more personal than just business, obviously, I believe it’s the best thing I’ve been doing this over 10 years and it’s been the best thing I’ve done for my business and my life. Because of the relationships I’ve made. I’ve gone on vacations with people I’ve gone to weddings and have best friends and obviously formed business relationships as well, but it was inspired by my grandfather who was a wholesaler survivor in him and his brother were concentration camp in the concentration camps in Nazi Germany. And they were the only members of their family to survive. But the point of it is the leg their legacy lives on his legacy lives on because the whole custom nation did an interview with my grandfather. And I can watch that I put it on my about page of my website of insight Insider, the short version and the long version. I watch it multiple times a year, just to have gratitude and appreciation for what I have in my life and what he went through that allows me to do this. So that interview, I consider podcasting on letting me leave a legacy for my guests and myself. So it’s much more personal to me than just the business side of things. So if you have questions about podcasting, I believe any business should have a podcast period. I was saying that by the way, Chris, before we even had a service that did that for people. I’m sure you’re the same with hiring right which we’ll talk about, but you questions go to rise 25 or email [email protected] and I am really excited to talk to you today’s guests because, really, in my opinion, and I think I don’t mean it’s my opinion, but the most important thing in any business is the people. And you can’t run your business without people. And what what Chris is going to talk about is how do you get a players on the bus and hire the right people, and that will allow you to run your company.

And before I introduce Chris, I want to thank Chris Snyder, who runs and owns And he, you know, the Chris, I’m talking to now mentioned Topgrading as his gold standard. He’s like anyone who is a company needs to read top grade and needs to look into Topgrading. That’s the gold standard for hiring. And you can check out Chris Snyder showdown. That’s his podcast. He’s talked about Topgrading and we’ve talked about it together, so you can check that out as well. So thank you, Chris, for making sure everyone knows about Chris Snyder thing everyone knows about Topgrading and today’s guest is Chris masae. He’s president of Topgrading. He’s been helping companies in individual individual managers how to pack their teams with a player since 2001. And he’s conducted over 2500 in depth top rating assessments. He’s helped numerous people achieve their a potential. Through the Topgrading methodologies which we will go through there are certain Secrets You can use immediately at no cost, which he’s going to go through. Their client list includes companies like mint e trade collagen, thousands more, they serve fortune 500 companies, small to medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations. You may have heard of the book Topgrading, which was so popular and well received. It’s in its third edition. It’s called Topgrading the proven hiring and promoting method that turbocharges company’s performance. I’ve listened to it one and a half times. It’s fantastic and the vision of top of the world is intended to help them Managers everywhere hire better. And we’ll talk about some of those secrets that they use and what they recommend. So, Chris, thank you for joining me.

Chris Mursau 6:09
My pleasure, Jeremy, I’m happy to be here.

Jeremy Weisz 6:11
You know, I wanted to start off with a you, you’ve lived and breathed this for decades, okay. But just start off, give people a little bit about the philosophy of Topgrading,

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