The Enneagram

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. - Freidrich Neitzsche

Why the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a personal development system. The no-longer-secret-decoder ring of motivation. Working with it will increase your level of compassionate understanding for others (and yourself) and significantly increase your effectiveness as a leader, team member, salesperson, or parent.

Motivation versus behavior:

If you are interested in a quickie assessment that identifies behavior, any system will do. If you are interested in learning more about how you developed the strategies that may no longer be effective and how to grow out of them, the Enneagram is for you. Other systems provide a snapshot in time. In addition to your personal Polaroid, the Enneagram provides an understanding of what holds behavior in place. You peel back as many layers as you wish, learning about your Enneagram style and its related wings, stress and security points and subtypes.

Compassionate understanding for yourself and others:

Using the Enneagram, we increase our awareness by educating our inner observer. This internal Jiminy Cricket can help us set new intentions and keep us on our paths growing into real girls and boys. Pinocchio's self deception was evident, ours is better hidden. You come to know your strengths in a profound way and learn that, just like your dominant hand or native language, they will always be there. They will always be your initial reaction. This allows you to let go of them and focus your energy toward development. If you golf and know youre a great putter then your practice time is better spent at driving or chipping the ball. An Enneagram Three knows her doing comes naturally. This allows her to relax the hold of doing and give herself permission to not-do or do only what is necessary.

Emotional and social intelligence:

As the difference between intent and the impact is uncovered, we are able to give others the benefit of the doubt. That pause in assuming creates a space for us to communicate and work together much more authentically. Slowing down this reactivity is the basis for emotional and social intelligence.

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