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Never Guess the Growth Potential of Your Team Members Ever Again

Posted by Stacia Jorgensen

August 22, 2019

GRI ChartRoughly 65% of people are visual learners. Visual learners understand, absorb, and recall best by seeing information. I’m one of these people. I take hand-written notes to help me remember what I’ve heard in conversations. When faced with most tasks, I jot down to-do items or draw out a quick diagram of what I expect for an end result. If I can see how something works, I almost always have a better understanding of its process.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

If 65% of us are visual learners, chances are many of you (team leaders/coaches/managers) out there are as well. Typical characteristics of visual learners include:

  • Finding visual aides helpful for enhancing verbal discussions
  • Valuing organized materials and strategic planning sessions
  • Relating to written notes, pictures, and diagrams
  • Making sense of information based on where it is located on a page

For all of us visual learners out there, we’ve created a printable tool to help team leaders and coaches chart out the collective outcome of their team member’s Growth Ring Indicator (GRI) results.

The Growth Rings Indicator

For a bit of additional information on our insightful Growth Rings Indicator (GRI), check out our blog, “Introduce the Growth Rings in Your Next Team Meeting.”

The quick summary is that the GRI is a simple and useful way to better understand how your team member’s environment is influencing their growth potential and performance. 

The GRI Chart gives a quick and easy starting point to help you map out and better interpret how concepts like Chaos and Order are impacting how your team works together, achieves outcomes, and strategically plan for the future. After having each team member take and share their GRI results, simply print the GRI Chart and write in each team members name in the appropriate section below the GRI continuum.

Using this visual representation of each person’s current growth experience, what patterns do you start to see? For example, if most team members are clustered in Low Order, you have evidence of a potential opportunity being missed. If many are in Chaos, this can be good motivation to take a hard look at the demands on your team and where your leadership can influence and assist to create a healthier environment.

Or maybe your team is all over the continuum – what does that mean for projects you have on the horizon or strategies that need to be executed? For note jotters like me, there’s plenty of room below the GRI continuum to capture you (or your team’s) thoughts as you work through the results.

Take advantage of this quick, simple, yet effective way to help you and your team visually represent all those crazy dynamics and work environment considerations. We'd love hear, and see, how it goes! 

The Growth Rings Team Placement Chart


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