What is your name?

Mette Hvied Lauesen

Where were you born?
Vejle, Denmark

Where do you live?

Copenhagen, Denmark

What do you do?

I have a very interesting day job as a communications advisor with the regional government in Greater Copenhagen. In addition, I have my own coaching practice where I enjoy watching people take control of their own lives in various ways.

 What is your role of the IEA Board?

I’m the Board’s Secretary as well as Head of Accreditation and I also assist with the work regarding the Affiliates and nominating new members for the board.

Tell us a little about what you do on the Board

I’m a pretty good organizer and I have a fairly decent network among the European – particularly the Scandinavian – Enneagram community. So I try and employ those in my work.

Why are you involved with the IEA Board?

For a couple of reasons. One is that I strongly believe in being united rather than separate. Being united makes us able to observe and discuss our differences in the same living room, so to speak. We know and respect each other and that is always the best foundation for a conversation.
The other reason is that I would love to contribute to improving the standards of use of the Enneagram – to ensure that we use the Enneagram ethically, intelligently and according to some joint standards.

What was your first experience of the Enneagram?

That was a bit of a strange encounter. My husband was sent on a three day retreat on co-operation. Turns out it was all Enneagram and he was quite fascinated. Anyway, I was typed by this teacher and she typed me as a 2. Now, I identify strongly with Enneatype 8 and it’s just because I’m both stubborn and curious that I actually got “into” the Enneagram. Later on one of my most profound discoveries was probably banal, but when I found out that the 8 energy can intimidate people – that was a turning point.

Tell us a little about who you have trained with.

I trained with some of the Danish teachers. We’re fortunate to have a very high level of Enneagram training in Denmark. And I’ve taken trainings with Katherine Fauvre and Tom Condon – and quite possibly some that I’ve forgotten here. My apologies, folks.

What is your most useful/interesting/amusing/compelling use of the Enneagram?

Well, as an 8 to discover that there are actually other ways of approaching people and situations has been quite an eye-opener for me. I’m language-trained and to me the Enneagram is a new language which explains semantics, cultures etc. That it also gave me a language for my own emotions and those dynamics has certainly been a bit of a bonus.

What do the words “Engagement,” “Education‚” and “Excellence‚” mean to you?

Well, Engagement is about the long haul, it’s about meeting each across differences, it’s about working together.
Education is about securing a quality. This makes my work with the accreditation SO meaningful. We must ensure that our teachers are good so that the level of knowledge and ethics is constantly increasing.
Excellence is something to strive for – it’s that point which we never really reach, but which gives the many, many hours in meeting rooms or in phone meetings meaning.

How do you see the future of the Enneagram?

I think we’ll see more and more sound applications of the Enneagram. More and more contexts where the Enneagram makes sense and I hope it becomes something that people choose whenever and wherever it makes good sense to do so. That people can do so because they know about the Enneagram from well-educated trainers and from contexts where it has made good sense.