Enneagrams at the Workplace

How much do you know about Enneagrams? An innovative approach to leadership development, analyzing the way people think, feel, act, and relate to others, it can be an important tool in today’s business environment. It’s used in corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits across the globe, as a way to boost professional skills and self-awareness to develop high functioning teams. Integrating enneagrams into your management may be the strategy you need to take your team to the next level, embracing diversity by tapping into the deeper resources of your employees, building an organization that rises to the challenges of today’s rapidly changing business world.

So what, exactly, is an Enneagram?  It’s a typology system that describes nine different ways of seeing the world, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Recognizing and understanding these different points of view helps us appreciate other people’s styles of working and relating and their different points of view. The nine different types are:

  1. The Perfectionist: Responsible, thorough, hardworking, with high standards, they know how to focus on doing things the right way. The challenge Perfectionists face is knowing how to balance critical thinking with acceptance, and know when getting something “exactly right” is not as productive as going with what’s “good enough.”
  2. The Giver: Positive and people-oriented, Givers are excellent communicators who will support the best interests of the organization. They’re empathetic and understand what people feel and need, but have trouble with establishing personal boundaries and choosing when and how much they help others.
  3. The Performer: Tremendously productive, Performers are enthusiastic, highly motivated, and good at accomplishing results by springing into action. They struggle with listening to others, building good relationships, and developing long-term strategies, and are prone to “workaholism” and personal burnout.
  4. The Romantic: Focused on authenticity, meaning, and aesthetics, Romantics value excellence and want to make personal connections with their work and the people around them. They have trouble tolerating the mundane aspects of work and struggle to reduce their emotional reactions and not take things too personally.
  5. The Observer: Seeking to develop technical expertise and accumulate knowledge, Observers are excellent at thinking and strategizing. They need privacy and autonomy, and their challenge is to communicate warmth, recognize that there are more human assets besides mental intelligence, and be available to other people.
  6. The Loyal/Skeptic: Loyal and dependable, this personality type is good at anticipating problems and creating solutions. They focus on creating safety and structure, and struggle with managing suspicion and doubt and de-motivating themselves and others.
  7. The Epicure: This type is quick thinking and adaptable, with a positive outlook and the ability to see opportunities where others see problems. Epicures enjoy multiple interests and multiple options, and their challenge is to acknowledge problems and limitations and focus on the task at hand.
  8. The Protector: Good at taking charge of their environment, Protectors are good leaders who know how to mobilize and get things done. They’ll stand up for the positions and people important to them, but they struggle with moderating their forcefulness, being adaptable, and avoiding creating conflict.
  9. The Mediator: Steady and balanced in both work and relationships, Mediators see all sides of an issue and are good at bringing people together in a spirit of harmony and cooperation. The challenge for this personality type is to focus on priorities and defend their own position, even in the face of discomfort or conflict.

How does this apply to the workplace? When we understand each other better, it builds a sense of connectedness that reduces conflict and helps us cooperate more effectively. While no one is all one thing or another, the Enneagram gives us a way of creating an environment in which each member of the team can optimize his or her particular strengths and challenges. When you know your personality type, you can focus on what’s most relevant to you and look at how you can become more flexible and creative. As team members, it helps us develop professional skills and self-awareness, in order to make better choices and more intelligent decisions. As a manager, it empowers us to tap greater resources in others.

If you’re looking for a place to hold an Enneagram workshop for your team, we have the place for you. At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on providing companies with training facilities that feature high-quality equipment and exceptional service. Our computer labs and other spaces come equipped with internet accessibility, printers and fax machines, Wi-Fi setup, on-site tech support, full projection systems, workstations, whiteboards, and computers furnished with the most cutting edge technology, to ensure that your training event is a success. Soundproof rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the other ways we provide the little niceties that make a big difference for your event. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.

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