In the Workplace

The Enneagram describes nine ways of seeing the world that are very different from one another, each with unique strengths and blind spots. Learning to recognize these different points of view enables us to understand co-workers’ motivations, needs, concerns and style of working and relating.

workplace-video-wideAn understanding of the Enneagram also can help you build your own professional skills and self-awareness. It offers opportunities for paradigm shifts out of current assumptions and can empower you to make more intelligent decisions and choices, reduce stress, stay centered and manage personal reactivity.

Corporations, small businesses and nonprofits around the world are using the Enneagram as a breakthrough approach for leadership development, team building, communication skills and emotional intelligence. Indeed, the Enneagram offers significant benefits for anyone who works with others, including managers, HR personnel, consultants, trainers, facilitators, negotiators and mediators.

By describing nine ways of seeing the world, the Enneagram can help your team:

  • Identify the strengths and challenges of nine personality styles in the workplace
  • Build rapport, reduce conflict and cooperate at higher levels of effectiveness
  • Welcome diversity and maximize each person’s highest contribution
  • Tap greater resources in others by providing specific suggestions for each member’s professional development and a clear path to personal mastery

Also see 2012 article in Harvard Business Review written by Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, who used Helen Palmer’s best-selling book, The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and Others in Your Life, for a staff development retreat designed to “improve communication, decrease misunderstanding and free up positive energy.”