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Barometer Reading
Theory of Play

PRESSURE MATRIX

A research-backed framework to gauge your team’s pressure points and determine play experiences that will make the biggest impact

ABOUT THE MATRIX

The Pressure Matrix is Barometer XP’s proprietary model that identifies 9 dimensions of culture. In addition to serving as a shared language across workplaces, it can also be used as team assessment tool that's reported through a physical card deck activity or digital pulse survey.

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FEEL

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THINK

WHY

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WHAT

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HOW

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(RE) ACT

Learn more about the 9 dimensions of culture in our white paper

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HOW THE MODEL WAS MADE

The Pressure Matrix is formed by intersecting two key elements that make up culture: individual wellbeing and organization development. On the horizontal axis, teams examine different instincts and tendencies of human behavior (feel, think, act) within their work experience. On the vertical axis, teams reflect on the organization’s intentions to grow and evolve (why, what, how). 

FEEL

Driven by sensory and emotional responses

WHY

Seeking strong connection to the purpose and people behind the work.

THINK

Driven by logical, rational activity such as planning and careful analysis.

WHAT

Defining goals and metrics, as well as the skills and roles to succeed.

RE(ACT)

Driven by the need to be in motion and see measurable progress.

HOW

Identifying pathways and resources to accomplish goals and future growth.

WHAT IS A PRESSURE READING?

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Company leaders may have a vision for what they want their culture to be, but how closely does that align with reality?

Culture is not something that is set from the top-down. It’s something experienced from the bottom-up -- the daily interactions between colleagues, tools we use, and processes we rely on. 

Using our Pressure Matrix, we designed a point-in-time assessment to identify how team members experience their culture, which culminates in a report called a Pressure Reading.

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By understanding aligned strengths (low pressure) and opportunities for growth (high pressure), practitioners can better prepare and deliver programs.

As a company that believes in the power of play, we built a catalog of games and guides to assist in facilitating play-based experiential learning.

Ready to better understand the pressure points of your team? Schedule a conversation with one of our expert facilitators today!

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