How to use the circumplex

The circumplex provides two levels of assessment.

  1. Symmetry (this is the roundness of your circumplex)
  2. Magnitude (this is the diameter of your circumplex) 


The roundness of the circumplex indicates your overall level of contextual intelligence. The rounder the circle the more contextually intelligent you are. Remember having a “large” circle is secondary to having a round circle. Note any “flat tire” areas and create a development plan that focuses on improving that behavior(s).


Answer these questions:

How round is my circumplex?

  • Perfectly round
  • Round with a flat spot
  • Round with 2-3 flat spots
  • Not round
  • Not round with a severe flat spot(s)

What color zone are most of my flat spots in?

  • Hindsight (Blue)
  • Insight (Red)
  • Foresight (Green)



This is the size of the diameter of the circumplex and represents the degree to which the individual behavior(s) are present in your daily interactions. It is necessary to note that this is a measure of the individual behaviors, and not a contextual intelligence score. This information is necessary for you to determine the behaviors that are keeping you from being fully contextually intelligent; and are provided so that you can develop a plan to improve your contextual intelligence.


The following scale is an indicator of that degree.


21-24         Strong presence- You are integrating this behavior into your daily interactions.

17-20         Moderate presence- Develop an intentional plan to integrate this behavior into your daily interactions.

13-16         Mild presence- Requires intentional effort to be more aware of how this behavior can positively improve your contextual intelligence.

0-12            Weak presence- Seek a certified contextual intelligence consultant to help you develop this critical CI behavior and increase your awareness of how this area impacts your daily interactions.

How to understand your 3D Thinking

The ratings on the bar graphs provide specific information about the individual dimensions of your 3D Thinking, or how well you use insight, hindsight, and foresight compared to maximum points possible and peer evaluations. This will help you gain a more accurate perception of your own 3D Thinking as well as how others perceive your 3D Thinking to be.

The 3D Thinking graphs provide information on a horizontal axis in three areas:

1.       Maximum score possible (this represents the sum total of the respective dimension being measured)

2.       Your self-rated score (this represents your self-rating of the dimension)

3.       Score from 360° peer-assessment (this is the mean score of how your peers assessed you relative to this dimension)