The Enneagram is an effective tool for building high-performing teams by helping individuals understand the core beliefs and motivations that influence their behaviors. CNN Business quotes a 2011 study by Enneagram in Business covering 72 companies, including Best Buy, Daimler-Mitsubishi, Toyota and Avon, found that using the enneagram led to better communication and collaboration, rising sales and an increase in employee engagement.
The Enneagram is a unique personality typing system, charted in a nine-point diagram (ennea =9 in Greek, gram = diagram). Each number in the diagram represents a pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviors in which we each see and operate in the world.
These ideas are thousands of years old and more recently have been integrated with modern psychology and neuroscience. The diagram illuminates personal motivations and automatic (unconscious) responses and strategies that we have developed throughout our lives to help us cope and navigate in the world. Once we know our Enneagram type, we can use this insight about our motivations and our patterns for awareness and growth.
The Enneagram has been used in companies such as Walt Disney Company, Kaiser Permanente Research Center, The Federal Reserve, Motorola and Shell, to redefine their organizational cultures.
Problem: At work, teams waste time and money as a result of miscommunication, issues with conflict resolution, interpersonal drama, and difficulty giving and receiving feedback.
We all see the world through different lenses, based on our own experiences and perceptions. Over time we develop unconscious automatic reactions in different situations.Those reactions can either help us or become blind spots that hold us back.
When we are unaware of these unconscious feelings, beliefs and habits:
Solution: The Enneagram provides insight that helps us respond thoughtfully and move toward growth, both individually and as teams.
By understanding our own motivations and those of our colleagues, we gain Emotional Intelligence, a better understanding of “why” people do what they do and how to work more effectively together. High-performing teams are comprised of individuals with high levels of Emotional Intelligence.
Results: Self-awareness of our own motivations as well as understanding those of our teammates, makes us better leaders, better employees and creates better teams. It results in more time spent on work, not problems. Employees also better understand their strengths and weaknesses and improve their individual competencies.
Jack is a sought-after executive coach, with the unique background of having been both a successful trial attorney and CEO. Jack is professionally trained and certified in Enneagram typing and consultation, which he uses as a tool for both C-suite leaders and their teams, to facilitate professional growth and transformational change
Judy is a former attorney, a meditation and mindfulness instructor, and a certified Enneagram teacher and coach. Judy brings the Enneagram to life, helping leaders and teams determine their types, and how to use them to improve communication and conflict resolution skills, and achieve more as individuals and as teams.