The Growth Rings

The Growth RIngs

The Four Environments

The Growth Rings is 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. Learn which ring you're in:

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ABOUT THE GROWTH RINGS

At EcSell, we believe that having an understanding of The Growth Rings and the current ring you are working and living in will help you increase your performance and potential.

The Four Growth Rings
  • Stagnation: a low performing, or negative growth environment.
  • Order: a comfortable environment that leads to a predictable outcome
  • Complexity: an unpredictable environment where the outcomes are unknown.
  • Chaos: an environment of little to no control where growth is halted by high turmoil.
The Sweet Spot

Within these four rings is a spot that provides the best setting for high growth: The Complexity Ring.

Here, growth happens when Order is changed or challenged. At the same time, Complexity is best when it doesn’t snowball into Chaos. Some people feel uncomfortable in the Complexity Ring because Complexity brings unpredictable situations and experiences. This discomfort can lead to exponential growth for you, your team members, your business, and others around you.

At the EcSell Institute, we encourage individuals to understand where they are within the Growth Rings, to explore ways to introduce or navigate Complexity in a positive way, and grow to their fullest potential.

Personal Growth Stories
"I think the best decision I ever made was to get #OutofOrder 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
 

"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

"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 of helping people embrace what may be scary and unknown in order not to deprive them of the opportunity to grow and experience the joy that comes through struggling." - Jennifer B., Counselor

 

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