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How to motivate your people using the Enneagram and Susan Fowler’s model of motivation

By |2020-07-19T14:38:49+00:00July 19th, 2020|Categories: Business|

How to create an environment that motivates your people – The Enneagram & Susan Fowler’s model of motivation One of the first things people ask us when we do leadership trainings for LeadershipSculptor is “How do I motivate my people”. And our response is always [...]

Falling into the Looking Glass: The Perils and Pitfalls of Teaching the Enneagram to Younger People

By |2020-06-02T00:38:30+00:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Psychology|

The majority of students and clients in my Enneagram workshops, presentations, study groups and counseling sessions are between thirty-five and fifty years of age—right in the middle of the chronological Bell Curve. However, more and more precocious young people under the age of thirty, often [...]

World Enneagram Day

By |2020-06-02T00:37:14+00:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

There was once an organization called The Flat Earth Society that apparently still exists, with members all around the globe. Through its literature and online presence, it advocates a medieval view of the world, promoting an elaborate thesis that “proves” the world is flat. The [...]

The Coming of Wisdom with Time: Teaching the Enneagram to Lifelong Learners

By |2020-06-02T00:29:32+00:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

The Coming of Wisdom with Time Teaching the Enneagram to Lifelong Learners at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; Now may [...]

Pay it Forward Workshops: A New and Old Philosophy and Practice

By |2020-04-26T14:54:32+00:00April 26th, 2020|Categories: Spirituality|

“You don’t pay love back, you pay it forward.” --Lily Hardy Hammond Most books and articles about the Enneagram have to do with theory, applications, and history. Few are about how teachers design and conduct presentations and workshops, and thus disseminate the received and developed [...]

1 WITH 1 = EVERYTHING, or the return to the essence through the Essential Enneagram and Essential Coaching

By |2020-04-26T14:37:30+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

No matter how much you feel that your life has hurt you, do not confine your sensibility, just learn to take care of your inner child and love yourself. Transform your pain into the fullness of Being. The issue that most worries humans is suffering, [...]

The Enneagram and Leadership Circle Profile: Connections and Complements

By |2020-04-17T02:34:30+00:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Business|

The Enneagram and Leadership Circle Profile: Connections and ComplementsPeople have a variety of resources available to them when they decide to undertake their self-development journeys.  Myriad assessments exist to help us become more self-aware, the first step in building up emotional intelligence (EQ).  As with [...]

Deepening Your Enneagram Understanding Through an Exploration of the Instinctual Subtypes

By |2020-04-07T19:52:12+00:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: 2020 IEA April Panel, General Enneagram|

Facilitated by Leslie Hershberger & Curt Micka Featuring Panelists: Beatrice Chestnut, Russ Hudson, Peter O’Hanrahan and Mario Sikora What are the Instincts & Subtypes in the world of the Enneagram? Are Instincts and Subtypes the same thing or different? Why am I so confused about [...]

From Idolatry to Reality: From the Idealizations of our Personality to the Ideals of Our Real Self

By |2020-04-02T21:17:00+00:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

I’m intrigued by the parallels among the Bible story of the Israelites turning away from the true God and fashioning a false idol in the form of a golden calf; George Gurdjieff’s statements about the personality compensating for our essence; Karen Horney’s description of an [...]

Social Media Can Not Determine Your Enneagram Type

By |2020-03-02T16:21:23+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

If you’re on Instagram today, perhaps you’ve seen it—not the ads for the next big DTC brand or photos of that influencer vacationing in Bali—but the proliferation of Enneagram-centered content. It’s popular right now to distill our personalities into superficial snippets that fit neatly in [...]

The Instinctual Biases, Subdomains, and Zones

By |2020-03-09T22:39:13+00:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

This article is excerpted from our new book, "Instinctual Leadership: Working with the 27 Subtypes of the Awareness to Action Enneagram," which is available via amazon.com. Rather than using the traditional "self-preservation," "social," and "sexual" terminology, we prefer the terms "Preserving," "Navigating," and "Transmitting." We [...]

An Enneagram Overview

By |2020-04-01T21:09:14+00:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: General Enneagram|

AN ENNEAGRAM OVERVIEW   Here are some thoughts on questions that people have asked about the Enneagram.  It’s an overview of the system along with reflection questions to get you to ask more questions about the Enneagram TYPES The Enneagram is a personality typology that [...]

Love Triangles—How we approach relationships and sex based on the Hornevian triads.

By |2020-02-19T03:07:09+00:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: Relationships|

Sex – it can carry us on wings of pure sensual pleasure, or crush and humiliate us. It can take us from the sacred sublime to the darkest, most depraved aspects of humanity. Sex presents paradox: pleasure/pain, love/hate, gentleness/brutality, spiritual transcendence/primal urge, unconditional giving/self-gratification, playful fun/serious [...]

The Enneagram for Children. A series of books designed to introduce the Enneagram Types to young children.

By |2020-01-19T23:57:07+00:00January 19th, 2020|Categories: Other|

My children have benefited enormously from the Enneagram teachings. As a result, I wanted other children to be able to enjoy the same opportunity. Finding nothing available, I felt inspired to use both my writing and artistic skills to create a series of Enneagram books [...]

Enneagram Studies, Spiritual Initiation and the Science of the Antahkarana

By |2020-01-19T23:55:53+00:00January 19th, 2020|Categories: Spirituality|

 I’d like to be remembered as the fella who taught you something you already knew. --Woody Guthrie It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards! --The White Queen The soul on its own level is an initiate. --D. K.       This short article is [...]

Guest Columnist Brodie Theis: Using the Enneagram with My University Students

By |2019-12-10T23:31:53+00:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: General Enneagram|

I met Brodie at the IEA Conference 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio and after hearing how he uses the Enneagram with his university students, I asked him if he'd write a guest column for IEA Nine Points and he generously agreed.  Give me your tired, your [...]

The Regret of the Basic Fault: Healing our Original Wounds and Emotional Dramas with Psychoanalytic Insights and Enneagram Knowledge

By |2019-12-10T22:58:05+00:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: General Enneagram|

“If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel and how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty.” Secret [...]

Why Fours Are Sensitive

By |2020-01-29T03:49:05+00:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: General Enneagram|

Enneatype Four is known for heightened sensitivity, dramatic feelings, and a profound sense of loss and disappointment.  Ever longing for fulfilling connection, always finding something mysteriously lacking, it’s no wonder that this type has been called the “Tragic Romantic”.  But such perverse yearning is hardly [...]

Psychological and Spiritual Bypassing in Enneagram Theory and Practice

By |2019-10-08T19:20:25+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , |

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. --Dominique Pire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1958) Thesis    If the Enneagram is first and foremost a diagram and system for psychological healing, growth and integration, then the primary concern is to understand and avoid what [...]

The Conscious Dynamics™ Process: Communication

By |2019-09-16T15:46:40+00:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: General Enneagram|

Communication is...The way we express ourselves verbally and nonverbally. These expressions contains conscious, unconscious, intentional, and unintentional messages. In addition, communication involves how we take in, listen, perceive, and analyze/process what we've heard, seen, or felt. *Verbal: The words, intonation, inflection, and manner in which an [...]

Looking for Demons

By |2019-08-24T13:21:21+00:00August 24th, 2019|Categories: General Enneagram|

For a long time now, I have been obsessed with trying to understand the relationship between Evagrius’s ancient demons (catalogued by him as eight logisimoi: Anger, Pride, Vainglory, Sadness, Avarice, Gluttony, Lust, and Acedia) and the passions of the modern Enneagram (arranged on the Enneagram [...]

Enneagram Type 1 in Couples’ Relationships

By |2020-02-24T21:36:26+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Relationships|

For over 15 years working as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have found that combining 2 powerful models help couples improve communication, intimacy, connection, conflict resolution, while facilitating effective, developmental shifts for each partner: The Developmental Model (via The Couples Institute) and the Enneagram. [...]

Tips on Typing: 12 Steps to More Accurately Type Yourself and Others

By |2020-04-21T16:42:12+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram, IEA Live|

Conference session cancelled due to illness This session will cover the ins and outs of Enneagram Typing and 12 key points to consider in the process of discovery. It will bring to light important images, patterns, words and phrases that are hallmarks of type. It [...]

Enneagram Prison Project: A Compassionate Approach to Healing Using the Enneagram

By |2019-08-27T03:31:13+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

With a clear vision for how the Enneagram could be taught in every jail and prison in the United States and in the world, Susan Olesek founded Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) in California in 2012. Since then, EPP has established programming in four Californian correctional [...]

Enneagraming as a Hero’s Journey: a Compass to Navigate Your Personal Development Map

By |2019-08-05T05:06:41+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

The Enneagram is like an adventurer's treasure map. We can become the mindful hero of our own story, by being aware of the journey that lies ahead of us. The facilitator will present an analogy between Joseph Campbell's Hero's journey and the Enneagram invitation, that [...]

Beyond Duality: An Invitation to Experiencing the Intersection of our Infinite and Finite Nature

By |2020-04-21T04:10:52+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram, IEA Live|

You are invited to learn about and engage with the EnneaCross(TM), an evolving framework, now in development for over six years, which supports the spiritual journey. The EnneaCross(TM) is an integration of two powerful, ancient symbols, the Enneagram and the cross-cultural cross. Individually these symbols [...]

Using the Twelve Steps and Three Instincts in Recovery

By |2020-04-20T21:51:01+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram, IEA Live|

We are all Recovering from something ; a broken relationship, overspending, or even dysfunctional family dynamics; we are all hooked on our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Most of us think of Recovery within the context of alcohol or drug abuse, and while this [...]

Irony of Ironies: Relational Repetitive Dynamics

By |2019-08-05T05:06:36+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

One of the reasons we concoct our defensive strategies is to protect us from the hurts, embarrassments, diminishments, sensitivities, et.al. that we experienced sometime in our life. The irony of this approach is that it brings about the very thing we are trying to avoid. [...]

Grit to Great(er): An Enneagram Framework for Empowering Marginalized Populations and Reducing Poverty

By |2019-08-05T05:12:40+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

  The Enneagram is a powerful tool that unlocks, for each of us, who we are as well as how we get in our own way. For people in deep poverty this unlocking can be literally life giving. This tool of self-awareness provides the critical [...]

Foundations for Creating a Great Team Culture to Advance Individual, Team and Organizational Growth

By |2019-08-05T05:06:37+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

What does it take to build a cohesive and effective team that is agile, innovative and equipped to grow quickly in today's ever changing business climate? In this session you will learn about how one of Inc. Magazine's, "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastestgrowing private [...]

The Enneagram, a Sufi Perspective: Understanding the Enneagram Through the 99 Sufi Divine Names and the Sufi Stages of Self

By |2020-02-05T17:09:24+00:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: 2019 IEA Global Conference, General Enneagram|

  The presentation provides a portrayal of the Sufi 99 divine attributes, or names of Allah, and the how they correlate to the 9 Enneagram types at the different stages of the development of the self as presented by the Sufis. Through reflections, interviews, and [...]

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