The enneagram

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Content: Saffron Baggallay: Director: Head of Training 072 774 9332 [email protected] The Enneagram A Powerful Tool for Self--Discovery, Leadership And Team Dynamics "The immediate goal (in learning the Enneagram) is to recognize the inner patterns that drive your outer behaviour. These patterns vary according to the type of person you are, and can be internally witnessed..." Helen Palmer, Global Expert on the Enneagram Often our `internal drivers', the thoughts and feelings we have (that we perhaps don't even realize we have) are what govern our behaviour. This in turn affects our learning and working styles, the way we communicate, what is important to us, and even how comfortable we inwardly feel in the company of others. These are key elements that impact why and how we build relationships with others, and whether or not those relationships will be successful. In a working environment, where effective and productive relationships are imperative, our personality type is often overlooked and other demographic variables are blamed for why we can `clash' with others. The Enneagram is a very specific system that organizes people into one of 9 major personality `types' based on certain generalised diagnostic characteristics of their persona. Individuals in any one of these personality groups will have numerous common characteristics. Because of this commonality, by identifying indicator Personality traits and making generalised observations, one can extrapolate, understand and therefore empathise with what other characteristics a person may have. This results in a quick, practical, easy to use and remarkably accurate guide to growing one's own awareness of self, as well as an awareness of others.
This system allows for so much more than just `profiling'. Due to the fact that it illuminates our unconscious drivers it is the most powerful map for the navigation of self--mastery and leadership development, whatever the position an individual holds in an organisation. It is said that humans react to everything with their emotions first. That logic follows emotion. The biggest contibution the Enneagram can make to an individual's personal leadership journey is to be able to understand and observe the patterns of emotions that can prevent or contribute to our personal and professional success. Effective personal--leadership (and in this context leadership is not referring to the title you hold) therefore is all about being able to observe one's own emotional patterns. However, this self--recognition is challenging for most people when they do not even have the time to engage with how they feel, let alone a have the required vocabulary to express it. Then, people are expected to not only express their feelings appropriately but are also expected to recognise, empathise with, and understand other people's emotions. This is what emotional intelligence (EQ) is: the ability to recognise ones own, and other's emotions, and then having the skill to respond appropriately. The Enneagram provides delegates with a deep understanding of their emotional make--up, and why they respond to stimuli the way they do in a very non--personal, unthreatening manner. The Enneagram helps individuals recognise that the brain patterning driving their behaviour is just a coping strategy, and that when their `blind spots' are opened up they can harness what is best about them in order to make profound contributions in whatever capacity is needed. The Outcomes For Individuals · Improved emotional intelligence and self--awareness · An understanding of, and therefore a detachment of one's, unhelpful habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour · An ability to cope with issues and therefore solve problems more effectively · A greater understanding of one's self creates greater understanding and empathy for others 2
· A methodology to understand our difference and harness those differences for one another and one's own benefit · Improved management and leadership skills The Outcomes For Teams · Improved communication skills and better working relationships · Increased efficiency and productivity · Provides a language for collaboration without personal judgment of others · Offers a map with which to navigate the challenges of diversity and difference · Presents a lens with which to ascertain problems and blockages on communication · Can bring a team closer together even if they are working efficiently already The Enneagram Can Be Used In Conjunction With: · Management growth programs · Leadership development programs · Team building programs (any department at all levels) · Emotional intelligence development programs · Talent pipe--line programs (mentorship programs, on--boarding programs, intern orientation programs, business etiquette development programs etc.) · Executive development and dynamics programs · Personal and group coaching · Sales skills development · Communication skills development Next Steps: Please review this high level overview, and let us know if you need any further information. If you would like to set up a meeting to explore this offering in more detail then please let one of our team members know. 3

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