Dr. Geoff Smart


About Dr. Geoff Smart - Talent Management & Teamwork Expert, Speaker, and Author:

Geoff’s professional mission is to help leaders hire and develop talented teams that deliver results. 

Geoff is Chairman & Founder of ghSMART, a leadership consulting firm whose Credo begins, “We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.” The firm was named one of the "world’s top firms" in Broderick’s The Art of Managing Professional Services, and was profiled in Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, Tom Peters’ The Little Big Things, and George Anders’ The Rare Find. ghSMART is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases, titled "ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services."

Geoff is co-author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. Shanghai Daily named Who a "Top 5 Business Book in China" and Canada's Globe and Mail named it the "#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009." Geoff is author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government, which won the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Business Book of the Year. In the 1990s, Geoff co-created the Topgrading brand for talent management.

As a social entrepreneur, Geoff is the Founder of two 501c3 not-for-profit organizations. SMARTKids Leadership Program™ provides a customized program of 10 years of leadership tutoring and a $100,000 scholarship to top students with leadership potential from low?income communities. Second, The Leaders Initiative™ seeks to elevate humanity by identifying, developing, and deploying society's greatest leaders into government. Geoff and his ghSMART colleagues volunteer as leadership advisors in the fields of education, public health, and government. Geoff has also served as Leadership Advisor and Chief Talent Officer for the State of Colorado, a 33,000+ employee, $24b organization.

Geoff earned a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he was mentored by Peter F. Drucker. Geoff was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for holders of doctoral degrees, and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

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What Dr. Geoff Smart Talks About: 

Hiring (Based on his New York Times Bestseller Who: The A Method for Hiring)
Geoff solves every manager’s #1 problem: making hiring mistakes.

The stories and advice in Geoff’s speeches draw from some of the most extensive research, interviews, and stories ever assembled on the topic of hiring talent.

1. What are the costs of making hiring mistakes?
2. Why are most people bad at hiring?
3. SCORECARD: How to create a blueprint of who to hire?
4. SOURCE: How to generate a flow of the best candidates?
5. SELECT: What to look for to pick the right one?
6. SELL: How to sell the ideal person on accepting a job at your company?

The session includes a significant amount of audience interaction including live demonstrations of the interview techniques, audience realtime Q&A, and simple “takeaway tools and templates” to help attendees maximize their company’s financial performance and their own career success.

Government (Based on his New York Times Bestseller Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government)
Geoff offers a solution to society’s #1 problem (broken government), while giving business leaders an out?of?the?box idea to maximize their happiness in their next career. Audience members enjoy hearing behind?the scenes stories from Geoff’s time as leadership advisor to a governor, and get to participate in question?and?answer debates about provocative topics such as:

1. Why do great leaders avoid government?
2. How do the “3 As of Leading” help us identify, hire, and become better leaders?
3. How the adrenaline rush of “flow” can offer leaders from the private sector the
adventure of a lifetime.

Business leaders are at risk of stagnating in their careers, leading to feelings of purposelessness, lack of meaning, and boredom. Governments need the skill?set that business leaders have. “Leadocracy|” or government by society’s greatest leaders, provides a win?win solution for leaders who want more meaning and fulfillment in their career, and for society that so desperately needs their talent in government.

Leading Teams (Based on his forthcoming book Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success)
“Are we running at full power?” Only 10% of teams run at full power. Based on the largest database of its kind, Geoff shares insights into the three things that matter most. Audience members calculate their team’s power score, hear from successes and failures of others, and gain valuable insights into how to improve their team’s results.

1. PRIORITIES: Do we have the right priorities?
2. WHO: Do we have the right people who are on the team?
3. RELATIONSHIPS: Do we have the right relationships?

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