I have to write in sequence about the month of February or I will forget something important, and I'll start with more about South Africa.
After the "Coaching with the Enneagram" program in Cape Town for The Integral Coaching Centre, plus a few wonderful days in Johannesburg (aka JJB), I went with Moira Harper to Knysna, an incredible beach/marina community where we walked, ate, shopped, and walked with cheetahs at a cheetah sanctuary. It was restful and awesome. Actually, the cheetahs walked us because we had to have them on a loose leash and stay behind their shoulders, lest they think we were combative.
Then there was the 6-day Train-the Trainer program in JJB based on Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work. There is no way to fully describe this experience; the program itself teaches how to use the Enneagram in training mode in the core content areas such as communication, conflict, leadership, and teams. The team component is particularly robust (as those of you who have participated in this program know), and during the team section on forming, storming, norming, performing, we had a chance to discuss the undiscussable. More than that I can't really say, except this. During my Minneapolis coaching program last year, the sky opened. In JJB this year, the earth moved. I was awed and appreciative to be part of this.
Having been in South Africa for 3+ weeks, everything had piled up in the office - as organized as I was before I left - but we are just getting caught up and it feels good! We are close to completing two new "products," which I hope are ready to mention in detail very soon.
In addition, we had the 2nd of 3 teleconferences on the 27 Enneagram subtypes, this one led by Beatrice Chestnut. Bea was truly awesome, covering the 27 versions of the 9 types in under one hour, but with great clarity and depth. These teleconferences are free for ELP members (Enneagram Learning Portal subscribers) and EIBN (Enneagram in Business Network) members. After the teleconference, we send an MP3 recording to all invited for their use only. The third subtype teleconference will be in March, during which time Peter O'Hanrahan (who led the first teleconference), Bea, and I will discuss why the 3 basic instincts (self-preserving, social, and one-to-one) and subtypes matter so much in identifying one's enneatype and in growth and development.
If you want to subscribe to the ELP, you can read more about it here: ELP. To become part of the EIBN, you must have participated in at least one of my certificate programs; there are Senior Members who are featured on my website (Find Enneagram Professionals Worldwide) and Associate Members, who get mentored by a Senior Member. If you want to learn more about the EIBN, you can find this information on my website under FAQs (listed under "other resources"). Click here.
Finally, the February Marina del Rey coaching program is completely filled (that's where I am now), and I am really looking forward to the special program on March 2-3, Uranio Paes' Energy Work with the Enneagram: Diving Deep into the Arrows, Wings, and Gurdjieff's Laws. There are a very few spaces left if you are interested.
|T-Groups with the Enneagram Program
I am so excited to do this program from March 26-30th in San Francisco. We are renting a vintage San Francisco home for the program, which goes morning, noon, and night for 5-days of pure engagement with underlying group processes, the Enneagram, and dynamic personal development.
There are about 5 spaces still available, so if you have been thinking about coming, make that a YES decision. It is going to be deep and incredible.
For more information and to register online, click here.
If you have any questions about the program content, a 4-page information sheet with a full description is available once you click the link above. Also, feel free to email me (email@example.com) or call the office (after March 4th when I return from the coaching program in Marina del Rey): 310-829-3309.
|Montreal Coaching Program 2012
If you are interested in a North American coaching certificate program in 2012, this is the one to attend. Held in one of Canada's most beautiful cities - one with a very European flair - this particular program is also extremely cost-effective.
From May 7-11, you can stay at the Villa Saint Martin, an ideal location full of beauty and tranquility. With this program, you get even more than registration, materials, and breaks. You actually get sleeping rooms and all meals for $1500 USD.
Thanks to PEAC (Professional Enneagram Association of Canada) for sponsoring this program and, in particular, to Peter McGaugh for organizing everything!
Please note that this program is in English. For more information and to register online, click here. For Montreal logistics, contact Peter McGaugh: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sydney Coaching Program 2012
This is a first: the first time the coaching program has been offered in Australia and my first time visiting the country. The timing for the program is perfect and intentional: right before the Australian ICF Conference. As is the location ... right near Bondi Beach.
This program - June 16-20 - would not be happening without the dedication and hard work of Tracy Tresidder, an Enneagram teacher, coach, and member of the Australian ICF board of directors.
Also wonderful is the support from Australian Enneagram business colleagues who are getting the word out: Lindy Amos, Gayle Hardie, Malcolm Lazenby, and MaryAnn Riddell. Thank you so much for your collaboration and colleagueship.
For more information and to register online, click here. For Sydney logistics, contact Tracy Tresidder: email@example.com
|Hong Kong Coaching Program 2012
There is a robust Enneagram community in Hong Kong and a great deal of interest in coaching. Thus, each year, we've been offering my "Coaching with the Enneagram" program, and this year it is in English from June 27-July 1. Gloria Hung, my really good friend and Enneagram colleague who is also an excellent coach, is co-leading the program.
It is hard to compare with Hong Kong for shopping, eating, and community. A group of people from a prior program are actually meeting monthly to practice and share and have invited Gloria and me to meet with them one evening!
For more information and to register online, click here. For Hong Kong logistics, contact Gloria Hung: firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Enneagram in Business Blogs|
This month, there are two more South African animal Enneagram blogs, a special Valentine's blog, and the month started with a blog based on Gerry Fathauer's truly great insight about Holding On.
Enneagram Sixes: Cape Buffalo
How many of you (except those who live in Africa) know what a Cape Buffalo is? I didn't before my trips there. Finding a South African animal (or any animal) to represent the complexity of the Six - phobic, counter-phobic, and everything in between - is no simple task. But I think the Cape Buffalo does a pretty good job. Click here to read this blog.
This is actually a serious blog, literally. (I borrowed this pun from my brother who wrote this when he shared the blog on his Facebook page!) With graphics as symbols and quotes from famous people - from Plato to Pablo Neruda to Dr. Seuss - this blog is intended to represent 9 perspectives on love. Click here to read this blog.
Enneagram Fives: Leopard This blog, part of a South African animal series on animals that represent each enneatype, has received really positive feedback, especially from Fives! The leopard is a pretty amazing animal, so what's not to like, plus there's a lot of information about leopards in this blog. Click here to read this blog.
Enneagram Styles and Holding On
Gerry Fathauer, Senior member of the Enneagram in Business Network and this year's writer of Insight Activities, has written another great activity from which I wrote this blog. Thanks, Gerry! Click here to read this blog.
|Development Tip: Ponderings|
Here are two quotations I love, ones related to development and transformation, with questions to ask yourself.
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. ~ Anais Nin
Question: Can you draw or describe your growth pattern? Do this, then describe it to yourself and a close friend, someone who understands.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In the space is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Victor Frankl
Question: In what areas do you have real choice, in what areas do you not, and in what areas do you think you have choice but you only have awareness of your reactivity? Awareness precedes choice - for without awareness there is no real choice - but is not the same as conscious choosing.
Enneagram iPhone App
Created by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, this animated, interactive App for home and work includes typing and how to prevent conflict; reduce stress; interact with others; and engage in development activities specific to your type. There are type videos, a way to test your Enneagram knowledge in real-world situations, theory, and more.
Only $2.99 on the iTunes App Store. Go to EnneagramApp.com
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