Sinek's Navy Seal Team - Trust vs Performance - Nine-Box Matrix Template
Originally published: 19/11/2021 15:32
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Sinek's Navy Seal Team - Trust vs Performance - Nine-Box Matrix Template

A 9 box matrix grid template to build the ideal team for a company, based on a talk by Simin Sinek, editable in Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel.

Simon Sinek, a British-American consultant, author and renowned public speaker, has historically worked for the US Navy Seals. At one point, he asked them how they picked the men and women who joined their Seal Teams, and they drew a graph for him.

Y-AXIS:Performance (i.e. performance on the battlefield) -> OR "Skills"
X-AXIS: Trust (i.e. performance off the battlefield) -> OR "What kind of person are you?"

Apparently, the leadership seal team told him, this is like asking "I may trust you with my life, but do I trust you with my money and my wife".

Most leaders in teams obviously don't want the Low Performance/Low Trust, and will aim for the High Performance/ High Trust. However what they learned is that:
1/ The High Performance/ Low Trust is a toxic leader and member
2/ The Average Performance/ High Trust or even the Low Performance / Hight Trust is much preferable than 1/.

Sinek's says that in Business, we tend to over-measure "Performance" (we have dozens of tools to measure this), but not much to measure someones "trustworthiness". Consequently, leadership teams tend to promote toxicity, at the cost of the long term performance of the organisation (toxic leaders will end up by destroying everything that is around them).

Generally speaking, Sinek's says it's easy to identify both of these profiles (HP/LT and AP/HT), but companies tend to neglect keeping the AP/HT in teams.

Given the success of this small 2 min Talk (available here), I decided to create a both fun and efficient template for any team leader, HR Manager, or CEO to map their teams with the methodology and associate them to a fictional Marvel Character.

As the Matrix has 9 possible outcomes, I decided to label them in the following way:

๐Ÿ˜ˆ MAGNETOS (High Performance / Low Trust)
๐Ÿ˜ณ THORS (High Performance / Average Trust)
๐Ÿ˜ VISIONS (High Performance / High Trust)
๐Ÿ˜Ž SPIDERMEN (Average Performance / High Trust)
๐Ÿคจ WOLVERINES (Average Performance / Average Trust)
๐Ÿ™ LOKIS (Average Performance / Low Trust)
๐Ÿ˜‡ GROOTS (Low Performance / High Trust)
๐Ÿ˜ฃ NEBULAS (Low Performance / Average Trust)
๐Ÿ˜ฑ THEABOMINATIONS (Low Performance / Low Trust)

By scoring each team member on TRUST and PERFORMANCE from 0 to 100% you can easily plot them on the nine-box matrix, and make additional hiring or firing decisions in your department or organization.

If you want additional resources to learn how to build a great team you can have a look at:
- NYTIMES, by Adam Bryant

The file is 1 editable Microsoft PowerPoint Template Slide (one 9-box matrix) with an online or offline 13 step-by-step methodology, with pedagogical illustrations for each step. An editable Excel file to adapt the data points for each team member is included in the PowerPoint file.

Should you have any questions on using this top tier Leadership Framework Template slide, you're welcome to reach out to me via Private Message.

Good luck!

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