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Geoff Smart is the #1 thought leader on the #1 topic in business.

The #1 topic in business is hiring and leading talented teams.

Geoff is Chairman & Founder of ghSMART. He founded the leadership consulting firm in 1995. ghSMART’s Credo begins, “We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.” The firm’s culture is known for offering truly talented professionals a high degree of freedom, generosity, and gratitude.

Clients include Fortune 500 CEOs and boards, billionaire entrepreneurs, and heads of state. ghSMART has 12 offices in the U.S., one office in London, and one in Southeast Asia. The firm was named one of the “world’s top firms” in the book The Art of Managing Professional Services. It is also the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases, titled “ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services.”

Geoff loves giving talks on the topic of “hiring and leading talented teams” to audiences globally.

Geoff Smart and Randy Street’s book Who: The A Method for Hiring is a New York Times bestseller. Today, the book is ranked #1 on on the topic of hiring talented teams. Shanghai Daily named Who a “Top 5 Business Book in China.” Globe and Mail named it the “Best Business Book of the Year.” The book was also listed in the 2015 Inc. Magazine article, “19 of the Best Books Written by Super-Successful CEOs.”

The Wall Street Journal bestseller Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success, by Smart, Street, and Foster, appeared on an international newspaper’s list of “The 10 Best Business Books of 2015.”

Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government is a New York Times bestseller, and won the IPPY Award for Best Business Book of the Year, as well as the Axiom Award for Best Business Book of the Year.

In the 1990s, Geoff co-created the Topgrading brand for talent management.

Geoff is the Founder of SMARTKids Leadership Program™, which provides 10 years of mentoring and $100,000 scholarships to students with leadership potential from low-income communities. He also founded The Leaders Initiative™ to inspire private sector leaders to work in government. Geoff has advised three sitting U.S. Governors, world leaders in education, military, and public health, and the President of the World Bank. Geoff and his colleagues donate hundreds of hours per year to advising leaders who make the world a better place.




Randy Street is the Managing Partner of ghSMART.

Randy has served as a leadership advisor to boards, CEOs, and executive teams for over 15 years. He is also a popular keynote speaker with a dynamic and energetic style that routinely generates the highest audience satisfaction scores possible.

In collaboration with Geoff Smart, the firm’s CEO, Randy co-authored Who: The A Method for Hiring (Random House, 2008), which is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and other leading publications, and has appeared on leading television programs such as Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto.

Upon release, Who book became the #1 bestseller on out of 24 million titles, and hit every major bestseller list in the United States. Soundview Executive Book Summaries gave Who the “Best 30 Business Books Award,” Shanghai Daily named it a “Top 5 Best Business Book in China,” and Canada’s Globe and Mail named Who the “#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009.”

Prior to joining ghSMART, Randy was the EVP of Sales & Marketing and EVP of Corporate Development & Strategy for a software firm that was named the fastest growing company in Atlanta during his tenure. Before that, Randy was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company where he led projects and advised senior executives of Global 1000 companies in a wide range of industries.

Randy earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and three children.