Assessing Talent: Is the Nine-Box Dead?

By Barbara Frankel

New High PotentialsFor almost two decades, the nine-box matrix has been a popular tool in corporate America for succession planning and talent development. But as the focus on identifying, retaining and promoting high potentials increasingly includes diversity, the validity of the nine-box as the determining factor is being questioned.

“The nine-box is not objective enough and it doesn’t factor in race or gender. We are looking for an alternative,” said a diversity leader at a large corporation who asked not to be identified.

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