Have You Heard Of The Enneagram?
November 1, 2018
It still surprises me that the Enneagram is much overlooked in the world of business. Forbes first started writing about the Enneagram a few years ago, but only sparingly. The article commented on the “new” assessment, causing many to raise their eyebrows. The assessment is hardly new. It’s been available for about 70 years, roughly the same amount of time as the MBTI personality assessment. Where the MBTI sheds light on our personality preferences - extrovert vs introvert, feeling vs. thinking, etc. - the Enneagram illuminates how those preferences translate into a way of being and doing, kind of an internal operating system, or what I refer to simply as our software. Just as the name itself implies, (the word ‘enneagram’ derives in part from a Greek word, ennea meaning “9”), there are 9 unique systems or software packages that quite accurately reflect our patterns of behavior, even our thoughts and emotions.
I’ve used the enneagram with my clients for almost ten years. In that time, I can remember only 1 person telling me it was completely inaccurate. The assessment has been researched several times and tested for validity and relevance. I use it because it’s accurate, cost effective (only $12 for the online assessment), and fun. The art and science of self discovery need not always be a fraught experience - we can learn fun and exciting new things about ourselves as well as those pesky areas for improvement! What’s even better - just as we humans are complex, the enneagram provides insights at ever deeper layers. The more you work with the assessment, the more it reveals to you, about you!
All of my clients take the Enneagram in the first few sessions of our working together. We review it alongside other assessments to more fully map out the possibilities for change, for work fit, and for skill-building like interviewing or public speaking or business development. If you’re ready for a change there’s no better place to start!
Are you ready? Curious? I work one-on-one with clients when they’re curious and ready to take that big leap. So let’s get rolling. Please do reach out and tell me what's happening in your world. My first consult is free, and can last up to an hour as we get to know each other so do go to the contact page to get in touch with me.
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Kelleen has worked with us since the beginning of our transformation from a closely held group of professionals with a strong set of shared values to a much larger organization with dynamic new members sharing different experiences and expectations. Kelleen has led three high impact workshops that have been instrumental in determining who we are going to be as a leadership team. The upfront work and time that Kelleen invested made all the difference in each case – she spent the time to understand each of us individually. This insight allowed her to design productive workshops that all yielded positive results. Here is what I wrote Kelleen after the conclusion of our third workshop:
"...may be naive, but I thought it could not have gone better. Our team’s style is to seek resolution rather than to elevate conflict. What we do with what we learned today is critically important. [I] had very positive conversations with two critical participants. I’m realistic, certainly many challenges ahead for the team. The good news: today’s session provides a positive platform for us to deal with any challenges ahead. Kudos- you did a great job leading the day - and the evolution of our collaborative thinking from kickoff months ago to today was near perfection. Great Job!"
- Jim Arnold, Senior Partner, Deliver Strategies, Washington D.C., 2017 - Present
"I have achieved greater work/life balance through my conversations with Kelleen. With Kelleen’s guidance, I’ve reframed my work and work habits so they fit within both my professional goals and my personal value set. I now prioritize what is important for me, and put my energy first into those things. I have restructured my day, my job, and my personal life in a way that energizes me, and gives me focus. Kelleen has helped me to confidently use my inner strengths, many of which I had tempered over the years. As a goal driven person, I have been able increase my authentic living, and shape my goals to give me the true inner fulfillment that I seek."
- Tenea Watson Nelson, PhD, Asst. Dean, School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Spring, 2018
"I have come across many smart, strategic, capable, articulate, empathetic, energetic leaders and advisers over the course of my career. While Kelleen has all of those qualities, she has one that is particularly rare and desirable in a mentor/coach: wisdom. It is her wisdom that truly sets her apart from the crowd and it is one of the qualities that inspires my trust in her counsel. She was instrumental in helping me create my business and will no doubt play a role in its growth and success. She will challenge you, inspire you, and ultimately be by your side as you discover your best path forward. The results are undeniable."
- Sirish Prabhu, Founder & Principal, The Policy Matrix, Winter, 2018
"When I was selected to do a TEDx talk, I felt pretty confident in my ability to write a concise, funny, detailed and representative presentation on the subjects allotted to me. As a cartoonist, that is basically what I do, only in a different form. The organizers suggested that we use mentor/coaches to help us, if we felt that we needed help. Kelleen was a Facebook fan of my work, and I knew that she was a mentor and coach. I thought, "What do I have to lose? I can always NOT use her advice if I don't find it helpful. It turns out that engaging Kelleen was the best thing I could have done. She helped me whittle down my talk to the essences of the subjects, she listened to my presentation multiple times and had great advice on how to make it better. She offered lots of encouragement, and sat in the audience grinning and laughing along with the rest of the crowd. And perhaps the best thing was that she always came back to the idea that I knew what I was doing; I just needed a little outside perspective to make it the best it could be. I highly recommend her services and I highly recommend her!"
- David Cohen, National cartoonist and musician, Asheville, NC, Fall, 2016