The Talent Agenda The most common framework for talent mapping is probably the 9-box grid. The grid is used to plot talent based on their performance and potential. While the framework is hailed by many as being useful, I have heard contradictory feedback from business and HR leaders over the years. For instance, many find it incredibly hard to group employees into 9 categories and meaningfully differentiate talent. Others feel the process can be overly subjective and not fact-based.