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The Enneagram


The Enneagram describes who we are at very deep core, it highlights our values and motivations, the very reasons that we do what we do.  The Enneagram is often equated with personality typing systems such as Myers-Briggs, DiSC, and others, and whereas these systems measure and “type” clusters of human behaviors and traits that individuals may exhibit in different contexts, the Enneagram also identifies human drives and impulses which sit behind the behaviors.  Consequently the Enneagram is equally valuable as a complementary or as a stand alone system.


The Enneagram is currently being applied in many field and disciplines, among them business, education, psychotherapy, entertainment, medicine, sales and law. In business for example, an increasing number of organisations are using the Enneagram in both training programs for team leadership development and in organizational change initiatives because the Enneagram system provides a thorough foundation for understanding why people actually behave in the ways that they do. A course in the Enneagram for business application is currently one of the most popular classes at the Stanford Business School.


Type One

The type one focus is on working hard to achieve the vision which they have set for themselves and their workplace, “there is always more to be done”


Type Two

THe type two focus is on the people and their relationships in the workplace and the service they can provide for them “people and how they are looked after is what is of most importance”


Type Three

The type three focus is on achieving an efficient and effective workplace that is appealing to all “I can achieve these outcomes nothing is impossible”


Type Four

The type four focus is on whether the work is carried out in an authentic and unique manner “putting my mark on a job is important”


Type Five

The type five focus is on doing interesting work in an original way with as little disruption as possible “working in isolation would be wonderful - but then I notice I can get lonely at times”


Type Six

The type six focus is on maintaining a workplace where stability and loyalty go hand in hand, “safety and security are very important”


Type Seven

The type seven focus is on keeping work interesting and enjoyable for themselves and those around them , “keeping the energy high is important”


Type Eight

The type eight focus is on developing sound processes and procedures within an overall strategy for development, “don’t ever loose sight of the bottom line”:


Type Nine

THe type nine focus is on getting the work done with a minimum of disruption “working on my project at my own pace is my ideal work situation.