Bad Boss BS: “The map is not the territory.”

Four 2d characters stood close to but slightly apart from a 3d bad boss character.
A bar chart detailing current competence and another value for the level I want to achieve in 12 months.
I can use simple bar charts to assess my level of competence for different skills. I can add more information by recording my “competence” now and where I’d like to be in 12 months time. Or I might put bars next to each other to compare my skills to someone else in the team — helping me work out how everyone can make the most of their contribution in team activities
A 3d bad boss character looking at a radar chart that maps the competence of three people. Each axis represents a different skill and the areas which represent each person are overlaid to help spot compatibility issues and complimentary skillsets.
You can make more complex radar charts to map out the “shape” of teams or groups. How compatible people might be will affect success. Reflecting on preferences and ability to flex also helps when we’re working with others. It help us understand where and how we might need to make extra effort to succeed.
Three characters sit along a scale which describes “comfort with ambiguity”. It shows that some people love ambiguity, other people hate it and others are somewhere in the middle.
As a warm-up activity you can ask people to place themselves on a simple scale to describe a behaviour or preference. The point of this activity isn’t really the “map” — it’s the quality of the conversation and insight that it opens up. Like with a Rorschach test — abstract representations often help us unlock insights and automatic responses.

Map the territory

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