Growth Rings


The Growth Rings

The Assessment

The Growth Rings are a conceptual way to think about the role comfort, challenge, and stretching to our potential plays in our everyday lives. Whether you are a business leader, manager, team member, colleague, teacher, student, coach, spouse, or parent, it is essential to understand where you, as well as your peers and team members, are currently located within the four Growth Rings environments. These environments include Stagnation, Order, Complexity, and Chaos and they impact how much, or how little, we ultimately grow.

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Chaos Ring

An environment of little to no control where growth is halted by high turmoil.

Complexity Ring

An unpredictable environment where the outcomes are unknown.

Order Ring

A comfortable environment that leads to a predictable outcome

Stagnation Ring

 A low performing, or negative growth environment.

About The Growth Rings

After documenting and researching over 50,000 coaching interactions in the workplace, Bill Eckstrom shares life-altering, personal and professional development ideas through the introduction of the “Growth Rings.”

The rings illustrate how dangerous it can be to remain in a state of comfort and how being in discomfort is the only way to sustain growth. You’ll be amazed at the world-changing outcomes discomfort can have on your life and the lives of others. 




I think the best decision I ever made was to get out of order and apply to medical school. The insights I learned from the "Growth Rings" helped me make that decision. How can you know what you're capable of until you throw yourself into discomfort?

Emily O. Student of Medicine

Emily O
For months at the office we have been coasting and not pushing the envelope. This Talk made me realize we need to “get uncomfortable”! Now I’m trying to think of ways to drive complexity throughout our business in order to grow.

Eric L. Business Owner

Eric L
Sometimes we enable people to not move into complexity. As a school counselor often times I want to help fix a situation which may keep a student from experiencing complexity where growth truly happens. It has made me more aware to not deprive them of the opportunity to grow and experience the joy that comes through struggling.

Jennifer B. Counselor

Jennifer B
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