What is the Enneagram? The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (points / what is written or drawn). It refers to the nine different Enneagram styles, identified as the numbers 1-9. Each number represents a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way in which people think, feel and act and how they stand in relation to the world, others and themselves.
The Enneagram Profile is a useful guide on the journey towards self-development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of team dynamics. It should be applied from an Open Systems perspective. It is therefore not aimed at “boxing”, limiting or categorizing people. The Integrative Enneagram Report (IEQ9) works with an individual as a more complex, layered, unique and distinct being than other Typing systems.
Why work with the Enneagram?
An organization consists of groups of individuals working together and as such the optimization of the individual, team and organizational level behavior and outputs contribute significantly to the overall success of the business.
The Enneagram creates meta-awareness at an individual and team level and uncovers the focus and patterns of behaviour that sub-consciously drive and motivate us to act in certain ways. In making these patterns and motivations conscious, the individual is able to develop and transcend these. The Enneagram also provides a very powerful model for understanding how development and integration operates, given the core motivational pattern we start from. It empowers the individual to take responsibility for his or her own behaviours and growth from a greater understanding of why they act and react in a certain way.
Using the Enneagram as a development tool in Coaching.
The Enneagram has, over the past four decades, proven to be one of the most powerful tools in the coaching environment. When being coached, the use of the Enneagram does not only fast track insight, growth and integration for the individual client, but also gives durability and magnitude to the individual development process over time. The Enneagram is not a superficial framework to provide just a quick and short-lived insight. The depth and layered approach to the Enneagram enable the coaching process to allow the clients to develop themselves over time, as it continues to resonate more deeply as they change and their circumstances change. Through the lines, wings, centre of intelligence, instincts and levels of integration, more subtle and powerful pathways to development open up to the individual.
Creates meta-awareness at the level of motivation
Increases consciousness and confidence
Enables clearing of core emotional issues
Provides a framework for understanding functional and dysfunctional behaviours that stem from core motivations
Increases compassion for self and others
Uncovers pathways to development and integration
Positions these individual patterns and behaviours within current and historical context
Increases productivity and motivation
Creates a language and sensemaking framework that stretches deeper than a personality trait based approach
Reduces judgement and criticism of others while building understanding and tolerance
Provides a framework for making sense of team conflict and challenges
Enables the team to move beyond a pattern of blaming conflict on “personality differences”
Repolarizes teams while dismantling more traditional “fault lines” in the team
Improves working relationships and team productivity
Enhances business procedures
Improves communication while also developing a new language framework for team dynamics
Decreases behind-the-scenes organizational politics
Improves change management and decreases fear of change
Can unleash organizational creativity through greater individual integration
Improves productivity and performance
Creates a framework which enables greater project leadership
Builds organizational integrity
Enables more impactful corporate communication
Contributes to development of talent
Plays a role in enabling culture change