Best Athlete chart

A Best Athlete chart is a powerful tool for a working team. It identifies core competencies and developmental opportunities. It minimizes the likelihood that a team member will get assigned a task they'd rather not take on. It's also a great way to make sure the client gets the best possible experience while avoiding over-reliance on a go-to team member.

Best Athlete chart

Best Athlete chart

The Best Athlete chart is a simple Harvey Ball chart that illustrates team members' relative strength in a given competency. Begin by brainstorming the team's core competencies. As a starting point, visualization teams often have some level of the following competencies:

  • Strategic visualization
  • Graphic facilitation
  • Graphic recording
  • Visual consulting
  • Visual coaching
  • Visual methods training
  • Facilitation
  • Graphic design
  • Vision mapping
  • Digital scribing
  • Remote scribing
  • Design thinking and human-centered design

Once your team identifies its core competencies and lists them along the top of the chart, have each team member rate their own strength against each competency by filling out the Harvey Balls to the right of their name. A full Harvey Ball means the skill is a towering strengths, an empty Harvey Ball means little to no strength. Their assessment of strength based on their own self-awareness, and must be done without fear of judgment or reprisal, and without ego. If your team has high trust, collaboration, and self-awareness, they could fill out the chart based on their perception of their own strength relative to others on the team. 

Then, have team members identify the competencies they would like to develop as well as those they would prefer not to use. For example, they could label the competencies they want to develop with a "d" or "+" and the competencies they would prefer not to use with an "x" or "-."

When new tasks arise, decide which competencies it will require, then choose the team members with the most strength in the key competency as the lead for the task. Offer team members who have identified that competency as an area of development the chance to shadow or partner on that task. And try to avoid assigning it to team members who aren't interested in that competency.

Here's a link to a template for a Best Athlete chart