Small Giants 9-Box Tool for Unlocking Leadership Potential


Unlocking Leadership Potential

In 2005, Bo Burlingham wrote a thought provoking book for entrepreneurs that set a new stage for authentic, strategic and transparent leadership. Small Giants: Companies the Choose to Be Great Instead of Big outlines how companies are being successful through purposeful planning and actions. As a coach, I recommend it as an exceptional resource to entrepreneurs. Burlington defines a Small Giant as companies determined to be the best at what they do. They had opportunity to grow fast, expand geographically, and raise capital yet they chosen not to focus on revenue growth but to focus on purposeful goals. From this book, a Small Giants movement started. The term now refers to companies that demonstrate the core values of trust, growth with purpose, work mindfully, creating great experiences, and that are responsive.

It is important to any entrepreneur is be able to unlock the potential for leadership in their team and as they do consider growth. A tool Blue Egg Leadership uses to help with this is called the SG 9-Box. In the Human Resources field, often the 9-Box grid is a tool used to evaluate an employee’s potential growth. It is simply a tool to gain clarity; not to draw assumptions around any team member on their leadership quotient. I like to say it is a good dialogue tool to provoke curiosity precisely where a team member is and where they might possibly be for leadership.

When working with companies, Blue Egg Leadership uses the SG 9-Box as a powerful growth tool.

The Plan: How to Use the SG 9-Box Tool

It is important to follow a few steps when using a process to unlock leadership potential, reassign roles, or decide fit.