No? I’m not surprised.
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.
".. is the single most useful, profound, insightful, and practical tool available to help us grasp the depth and complexity of the human personality.”
— Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Bringing Out The Best In Yourself at Work
“… is the study of nine basics types of people. It explains why we behave the way we do, and it points to specific directions for individual growth. It is an important tool for improving relationships with friends, family, and co-workers.”
- Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele, The Enneagram Made Easy.
I’ve used the enneagram with clients for almost ten years. The assessment has been researched many 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. I 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. Once the picture becomes a little clearer, so too the choices that can support whatever goal is desired.
If you’re ready for a change, there’s no better place to start!