Don’t Fence Me In: Performance in a 9-Box Grid

October 28, 2015 by Bonnie D. Graham 25

The buzz: 3X3. 

Ah, the infamous Human Resources nine-box grid.

The end result of a larger talent management process, the grid is intended to plot the progression of your people as resources for the future.

However, it is often seen negatively by employees striving to attain the top right quadrant, a well as by managers who dispute its motivational value.

Ultimately, many great performers can’t reach the perceived pinnacle of success in this format.

Is it time for the grid to be retired or are we doomed to nine boxes forever?

The experts speak.

Anthony Abbatiello, Deloitte: “…the future is about exceptional teams and the leaders within those teams who can out-maneuver, out-manage and out-innovate their competition.” (Barry Salzberg, Deloitte)

Elizabeth Duffy, SAP: “Engagement. ‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’ (Iñigo Montoya, character in the 1987 film The Princess Bride)

Sherryanne Meyer, ASUG: “Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity.” (Wizard of Oz, 1939 film)

Join us for Don’t Fence Me In: Performance in a 9-Box Grid.

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