Dr. Geoff Smart is the Chairman & Founder of ghSMART.
Founded in 1995, ghSMART helps Fortune 500 CEOs & boards, billionaire entrepreneurs, and heads of state achieve their goals through hiring, developing, and leading talented teams. ghSMART serves clients globally from its 12 offices in North America and Europe.
In 2017 and 2018, Forbes named ghSMART the best management consulting firm in its industry segment, based on thousands of surveys of business leaders. The firm was named one of the “world’s top firms” in the book The Art of Managing Professional Services. ghSMART is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases, titled “ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services.”
ghSMART’s Credo begins, “We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.”
The firm is known for offering extraordinarily talented professionals an unparalleled professional development experience, and a work culture characterized by freedom, generosity & gratitude, transparency, and meritocracy. The firm attracts and retains highly ethical people who are motivated by impact, money, and fun.
ghSMART shares its knowledge about leadership with the world. The firm has published three bestselling books. Who: The A Method for Hiring (Smart & Street) is a New York Times bestseller that is currently ranked #1 on Amazon.com on the topic of hiring talented teams. Shanghai Daily named Who a “Top 5 Business Book in China,” Globe and Mail named it the “#1 Best Business Book of the Year,” and the book was also listed in the 2015 Inc. Magazine article, “19 of the Best Books Written by Super-Successful CEOs.” Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success (Smart, Street, and Foster) is a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and appeared on an international newspaper’s list of “The 10 Best Business Books of 2015.” The CEO Next Door (Botelho & Powell) is a critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
In addition, Dr. Smart published Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government, a New York Times bestseller which won both the IPPY Award and the Axiom Book Award for #1 Best Business Book of the Year. In the 1990s, Dr. Smart co-created the Topgrading brand for talent management. He earned a B.A. in Economics with honors from Northwestern University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he was a student of management guru Peter F. Drucker.
ghSMART makes an impact in the broader community. Dr. Smart is the Founder of SMARTKids Leadership Program™, which provides 10 years of career success 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, which evolved into the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program. Dr. Smart has personally advised three sitting U.S. Governors, White House Fellows, world leaders in education, defense, and public health, and the President of the World Bank. ghSMART 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, a leadership advisory firm whose mission is to help great leaders amplify their positive impact on the world. He regularly helps executive leaders as they select and develop A Players for their teams to build companies that win.
Randy has served as a leadership advisor to boards, CEOs, and executive teams for over 25 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 Publishers Weekly best seller. He also co-authored Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success (Random House, 2015), which became a Wall Street Journal best seller.
Upon release, Who became the #1 ranked bestseller on Amazon 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 Book in China,” Canada’s Globe and Mail named Who the “#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009,” and The Wall Street Journal named it a top seven “Best Advice” book for leaders in 2011. Canada’s Globe and Mail also named Power Score the “#2 Best Business and Management Book of 2015.”
Prior to joining ghSMART, Randy was the EVP of Sales & Marketing and EVP of Corporate Development & Strategy for EzGov, 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 with his wife and three children.