“When we started Scaling Up we wanted to get the right coach to fit our company, Kaivac, Inc. We found Scaling Up had a great network of coaches throughout the Midwest and interviewed 6 different coaches. We made the right pick with Rick Crossland. Rick is a world class coach, he pushes and encourages all of my team to be their very best and puts time, energy, and effort into making us better. Rick is highly energetic, wise for his age, quick to read people, very knowledgeable of many and varied business issues, and truly wants us to win! In less than a year, our business is up over 60% in spite of the Corona Virus and other head winds affecting the economy. His book, The A Player and the Scaling Up roadmap are setting the bar for our employees and Rick is helping our entire team to reach our goals. If you are serious about growth and looking for a great coach and adviser, I highly recommend Rick.”

~ Bob Robinson, Sr. President/Founder, Kaivac, Inc

“The performance improvement in the executives Rick has worked with has been incredible! The program is a terrific return-on-investment to our business. His program has helped us build an industry leading apprentice program for sales talent, an internal corporate training university for rising leaders, strategies to dramatically improve labor turnover in warehousing, and an innovative approach to sales management that is driving bottom-line profits. We have committed to being a team of only A Players and our culture and performance is better as a result.”

~ Shawn Richard, Vice President Human Resources, The Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company

“Rick has immersed himself into our business and industry to help us immediately address our challenges. His strategic approach to our business, specifically the sales process, helped us to develop a digital sales playbook as well as a lead measure tracking system to drive accountability throughout the organization. Combining these improvements with his approach to attracting and retaining “A Player” talent has been a tremendous asset for our business including the turnaround of a key region, reduction of employee turnover, and the coaching and development of several rising leaders.”

~ Matt Butzier, Vice President and General Manager, The Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company

“I reached out to our Scaling Up Coach Rick Crossland asking him if he could help with filling three critical positions that my company was hiring for. Within a week of giving each of my requirements to Rick, he and his team found phenomenal candidates for each of the positions. I quickly hired three new A Players for our team. These three new team members have exceeded my highest expectations. From day one each of these new employees came ready to rock and hit the ground running. To say they made an immediate positive impact is an understatement! These new employees are so good their performance makes your toes curl!

Rick makes the hiring process so much easier for the employer as he and his team specifically target what we need. He personally vets potential candidates and only passes them through if he evaluates that they are truly A Players. The recruiting services he offers his clients are far more efficient and cost effective than job postings when you consider the time he saves your organization and the immediate impact his candidates make to your bottom-line results. In short, the caliber of talent he provides is awesome! Rick knows A Players! Moving forward whenever my company has a position to fill, I know that my first phone call is going to be to Rick Crossland.”

~ Chris Miller, Associate Vice President EduMind Inc.

“Rick Crossland’s keynote address on the importance of having a team of A Players captivated and challenged our audience of high-level CEOs. His content and message was spot on for our group. We received excellent feedback and scores from our members on the quality and relevance of Rick’s message. Many plan to put his expert advice into immediate action.”

~ Kevin Minton, CEO, Chief Executive Boards International

Praise for Rick and The A Player advantage.

“Very specific and very readable, The A Player is your strategic guide to transforming solid players into champions! The brilliance of Crossland’s book is that it’s for any employee who wants to be a top performer as well as any manager who wants to transform B or even C Players into A Players. It will help your organization achieve the performance you have versus the performance you want. Excellent!”

Marshall Goldsmith

World’s Foremost Executive Coach and Bestselling Author

“Topgrading is all about hiring only A Players, and Crossland’s book is a wonderfully practical manual to guide A Players to remain A Players, and it’s for anyone aspiring to be an A Player. Implicit in the book is a mini-MBA degree showing how A Players achieve great results. We at Topgrading, Inc. will use this book when coaching managers to move up to the A Player designation!”

Brad Smart

Founder and CEO of Topgrading and Bestselling Author

“Safelite AutoGlass is a company whose record-setting performance is fueled by our people. We strive to be a great place to work, with impactful leaders and talented individuals … the A Players. This book is a great catalyst to engage people to be their best. It offers a unique perspective on “what the CEO wants you to know.” I recommend it to anyone wishing to be a high performer and challenge his or her team to achieve new heights.”

Tom Feeney

President and CEO, Safelite AutoGlass

“Winning in business is all about unleashing the incredible power of people. The A Player is recommended reading for any company that wants to be filled with high performers. Fantastic!”

Jack Stack

CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation and Bestselling Author of The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome

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