What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a personality “mapping” system that identifies 9 different personality types.
In the late 1960’s, being influenced by many of the ancient wisdom traditions, a teacher and philosopher named Oscar Ichazo developed the “modern” Enneagram and began teaching it in Chile. At Ichazo’s school, many religious, philosophy and psychology leaders learned the system and eventually brought it back to the United States. Since then, thought leaders such as Richard Rohr, Don Riso, Russ Hudson, and others have brought contemporary learning and understanding to the Enneagram.
As one author put it:
“The power of this system is its ability to accurately and clearly describes why one thinks, feels and behaves in particular ways based upon core fears, desires, and motivations. It’s value is in its ability to harness and transform self-limiting behaviors into life-enhancing personal empowerment.”
The Enneagram is based on nine personality types. Each type has a number associated with it. The four numbers to consider are:
- One’s Main Type: This describes your main personality type. These numbers are labels, not rankings. There is no “better or worse” type.
- Wings: The type on either side of the main type. The wing complements your main type, and influences your total personality. Your wing is the “second side” of your personality, and it must be considered to better understand the whole person.
- Security: The path one takes when feeling secure. From this number, we “draw” positive energy when we feel safe.
- Stress: The path one takes when feeling stress. We move toward this number’s negative aspects when feeling stress
You can learn your Enneagram type by visiting the Enneagram Personality and Assessment site to purchase and take the test.
Overview of the Enneagram
Jay Hidalgo is a certified Enneagram coach. He provides Enneagram coaching and workshops to businesses and non-profit organizations across the country.
The benefit of the Enneagram is that it helps a person understand how they “see” the world, and the core unconscious motivation behind their actions. With this information, we are better suited to consciously respond instead of subconsciously react when “life” happens.
This is of benefit to each and every person. Each team or social group is made up of individuals with unique sets of traits, strengths and areas that need improvement. If each person can more fully understand those areas, they can then know better how to work towards building their team, and contribute to success as a whole.
The Enneagram can be used to help each team member identify those unique areas (and blind spots), and help them develop new ways of communicating and collaborating.
There are many assessments available today. Myers Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Kolbe, DISC, to name a few. Most are effective tools that give the user solid data on understanding how they are “wired”. Most of them measure the “cognitive”, how a person receives, processes, and acts on information.
The uniqueness of the Enneagram is that it helps the user understand not only their “thinking” center, but their “feeling” and “doing” centers as well. Knowing these centers helps the user drive into their core unconscious motivation, which answers the question: Why do I tend to do what I do?
People usually take personality assessments to understand themselves better. Many of the assessments help people to better understand how they think. An Enneagram assessment and workshop can help people understand why they think, as well as why they feel and do. After obtaining this understanding, practical steps can be put in place to think, feel and do in much more productive ways.
You may want to attend an Enneagram workshop to better understand yourself: how you are wired, the natural tendencies you have, and uncover the "why" behind what you do. It can offer invaluable clarity to help benefit your personal relationships and work, leading to success and peace.
Businesses are struggling to find and retain good employees. One reason is that employees don’t feel they are being developed or invested in. By helping your staff learn the Enneagram, you help them to understand themselves, and their teammates. It’s one significant way to show that you are investing in developing your employees.
Businesses need the Enneagram for many reasons:
- Self-awareness, which brings better performance to the workplace
- Healthier staff relationships
- The ability to have more understanding & empathy during conflict resolution
- Awareness of others, which builds positive staff culture
- Common language and terms to use, making it easier to communicate
Business may find these beneficial responses from learning more about the Enneagram:
- Increased retention
- Decreased conflict
- Higher productivity
- A healthy, positive staff culture
- Personal development on-site
What is an Enneagram workshop?
An Enneagram workshop is a facilitated group experience where participants get to learn about the Enneagram, learn how to discover their type, and learn practical methods for navigating through life and work based on their understanding of their type.
An Enneagram workshop starts with an introduction to the Enneagram, followed by helping participants determine their type. Afterward, we dive into the layers of the Enneagram including wings, triads, stances and more. Workshops can be catered to the needs & desires of the organization. It can be based on how in depth they want to go, time allowed, etc.
Using the Enneagram for Businesses
Do you provide business coaching or workshops, or both?
Both. We always offer a broad overview & introduction to the Enneagram. We will cater to your business’s specific needs, preferred engagement and time allotted for employee development.
We can offer monthly, quarterly, bi-annual workshops & professional development and/or group coaching specific to the facets of the Enneagram any business or office would like to engage with at a deeper level.
Do you offer online Enneagram workshops?
We will bring our workshop to you, and work to customize the scope for your audience. Whether it’s a two day event or a two hour lunch and learn, we’ll create a workshop that will bring benefits. We can also conduct a workshop online via ZOOM video conference. We also provide 1 on 1 Enneagram coaching.
Learn More About the Enneagram
To learn more about the Enneagram, and how it may be able to help you, your school, or your team, contact us today.
For more information, you can also check out the following resources:
- The Enneagram Journey Podcast
- The Enneagram Institute
- “The Road Back to You” by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanna Stabile