I'm sitting on the airplane coming home from the Finnish Coaching
with the Enneagram Certificate Program based on Bringing Out the Best in
Everyone You Coach. The
participants were more wonderful than I could have dreamed; open, smart, lovely,
and talented. I just had a great time with them, thanks to Kristiina Harju, a
Senior Member of the Enneagram in Business Network, who had the vision and made
My last night there, I did an
evening program for 60 people on the topic of the Enneagram and decision-making.
The session was in a great old hall, full of old-time Enneagrammers, plus about
15 - 20 university-age younger people who came via Leila Valtonen, also a
Senior Member of the EIBN. Leila has
been teaching an Enneagram course at a polytechnic institute and is turning all
these great younger people on to the system! When the younger folks were in
type groups with the older folks, it was as if the older generation was
mentoring the young people. But the reverse was also true, with the younger
participants asking the most insightful questions, making the "elders" really
think, and adding such freshness to it all.
I could talk more about both programs
more but, instead, I want to share some interesting things I learned in Finland:
Finland is an Enneagram 5 culture (and they are so warm); the average
Finn spends about 40+ minutes during the weekday reading the newspaper and more
than this on the weekend.
Finnish food is excellent (though they say they have no true Finnish
cuisine); great salads, fish, desserts, and more.
Finnish people are not accustomed to be self-disclosing in public or
doing interactive/experiential learning activities (but they had no problem
doing it) this week! I didn't know
this in advance, but it worked out well.
And did you know there really are reindeer? They are from the Lapland
area! I even learned where Lapland is!
I could tell you that the airlines
lost half my luggage, so the night before the program, it was still missing.
Or, I could tell you how I went to a spa in Estonia (Tallin) and almost got
taken to the police station by a taxi driver. But, instead, I just want to say
that I had the very best time in Finland. Maybe it will become my new favorite
Once home in Santa Monica, it's
1.5 days there and then off to Hong Kong for another coaching certificate
program, one I am co-teaching with the very-busy Gloria Hung! I am looking
forward to being with Gloria and both old and new friends. It will serve me best
to stay on Finnish time for 2 days, since Hong Kong is only 5 hours later than
Helsinki, but 15 hours later than Los Angeles.
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The programs can be done altogether. And people who have done one after the other have actually found it beneficial and not tiring (which amazes me!).
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Read the September Blogs! Click on the title.
Enneagram Theory Blog Series
is nothing so practical as a good theory.
- Kurt Lewin*
The series of theory blogs are dear to
my heart and mind. Here's the theory issue as I have experienced and perceived
since I was on the Board of the IEA, then became its president, and then went
off to write my books, website, etc.
There's no consensus or agreement on some
of the Enneagram theory; different teachers teach it differently (at least to
some degree) and actually do disagree on some of the Enneagram's important
elements; we don't know the source of many of the theories about which there is
both agreement and disagreement, and this raises issues of credibility based on
source; some people think a theory is true if their "teacher" has said it is
true; some people think a theory is true because they themselves think it's
The list could go on and on, but as a
way to deal with this confusion, Ginger's Blog has a series of Enneagram theory
blogs, some authored by me and some by guests bloggers. I selected theories I
like, use, and believe to be true. And, I've asked the guests to do the same,
even if we don't always agree with each other! At least we're challenging ourselves to say, Is this true? How do we know it? How sure
Enneagram Theory: Arrows - A Guest blog by Jerry Wagner
theory of the Arrows under conditions of stress and security withstand the
"test" of research? Read what Jerry has to say about this, based on doctoral
research. Click here to read this blog.
Theory: Arrows - A Guest Blog by Peter O'Hanrahan
Does the theory of the Arrows under
conditions of stress and security withstand the "test" of first-hand experience
in therapeutic situations? Read what body-worker Peter O'Harahan has to say
from his years of experience working with clients.
Click here to read this blog.
Theory: Projection and Enneagram Styles - A Guest Blog by Jerry Wagner
Jerry Wagner has created wonderful
insights about how individuals of each Enneagram style project aspects of
themselves onto the rest of us. Read what we tend to "own" and "disown" about
ourselves based on Enneagram style.
Click here to read this blog.
Enneagram Styles and Possibilities
I wrote this blog based on an activity created by Ruth Landis. You can read it to learn how each of us use, based on our Enneagram style, obstacles to living in the world of possibility and how we can each open ourselves to the possibilities in our lives.
Click here to read this blog.
Tip of the Month: Training
do trainers work best with program participants (or students) of the 9
Enneagram styles? Here are some ideas:
One Students: Be organized, structured, and logical
in how you present material; this provides enough order so you can then help
Ones relax and be more open to new ideas and approaches
Two Students: Be warm, relational, and affirming and
make this equal in importance to the training content; this relaxes Twos and
allows them to focus on their own learning needs
Three Students: Make sure the
learning goals are clear, the resources are available, and that they believe
you believe in them; this allows them to relax enough to try new things
Four Students: Give them your
attention and time, and make sure you listen to them; when you draw them out
and they feel accepted and understood, their creativity will pour forth.
Five Students: Make sure you
understand what you are teaching, then build systemic frameworks as platforms
from which to teach; without this, Fives will have trouble learning, and you'll
have little credibility to help them become more comfortable engaging with
others and experiencing emotions
Six Students: Help them perceive you as someone they
feel they can count on to be available when needed and who will not discount
their fears; this provides them enough stability so they can absorb what you
are teaching and thrive in the learning environment
Seven Students: Stimulate them, encourage
them, and help them learn focus/self-management skills; once they do, they will
be able to integrate the content they are learning at far deeper level
Eight Students: Give them their
space, stand your ground, and do not get into power or control struggles with
them; from this mutually respectful place, Eights can learn
Nine Students: Accept them, respect
them, and ask them what they think: these behaviors on your part encourage Nines to come out of hiding!
Books: Bringing Out the Best in
Yourself at Work andWhat Type of Leader Are You?
Join the Enneagram Learning Portal and go to Training
for in-depth information
Certificate Programs: Train-the-Trainer: Bringing Out the
Best in Yourself at Work andWhat
Type of Leader Are You?
Stay Tuned for Next Month's Tip on Coaching
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