The Talent Maps or Talent Matrixes, which are usually presented in a format of 9 boxes (or boxes), are a tool with which we can identify our key employees: those who show career potential in the organization and high performance. This way, we can have a visual map on which to position each employee and ensure that their professional development needs are kept up to date, that they feel committed within the organization and estimate their ability to establish themselves as leadership referents; look at your strongest contributors and determine what they need to keep up their pace on their journey, or if they show potential, help them develop it with the right initiatives; and finally, it allows us to spot people who are not performing well and who don't seem to have the potential to improve.
A 9-Box Matrix allows us to classify the people of an organization according to the results obtained in two assessments, normally an appraisal of Potential and another of Performance.
Graphically, a coordinate plane divided into 9 quadrants is used (hence the 9-Box), where the score obtained from Potential is located on the Y axis and the score obtained from Performance is located on the X axis. Each assessed person will therefore have a single quadrant, the one that contains the coordinate resulting from their scores (X, Y).
For a 9-Box the quadrants go from 1 to 9 and their default labels are:
  • 5. Enigma.
  • 2. High potential.
  • 1. Superstar
  • 8. Dilemma.
  • 6. Key employee.
  • 3. Star in their area.
  • 9. Consider position.
  • 7. Good performance.
  • 4. Excellent performance.
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