An innovative approach to conflict resolution that has proven highly effective in consulting work with corporations and organizations. It combines the Harvard Law School strategy of Fisher & Ury (Getting To Yes, 1991) with insights into the Enneagram personality avoidance-defense dynamic described by Naranjo (Ennea-type Structures, 1990 & Character and Neurosis, 1994). Building on material presented, participants are asked to experiment in groups of three with the approach of making one’s adversary an ally in mutual problem-solving and searching creatively for multiple options. The small group dynamics feature an objective feedback component that affirms the importance of understanding one’s personality style.

Patrick H. O’Leary, M.S., M.Div. learned the Enneagram in a yearlong graduate seminar from Bob Ochs, just back from the original Naranjo-led group that met in Berkeley in 1971. O’Leary is co-author of the first Enneagram text, The Enneagram: A Journey of Self-Discovery (1984). He has taught and consulted worldwide using the Enneagram since 1972. Currently, he teaches at Cleveland State University and heads PH O’Leary Management Consulting

Patrick O’Leary


2004 IEA Global Conference

Arlington, Virginia, USA