One of the approaches Carolyn uses in her transformational work, is the scientifically proven Enneagram. It is a remarkable and powerful tool, meticulously designed and tested to offer a deep dive view of you, your people and the interplay of your teams.
Working with the Enneagram, Carolyn brings astounding accuracy, insight and strategies to help you know and shift how you think, feel and act towards yourself and others. She enables you to see what you often can’t, as much of this is hidden and driven by your sub-conscious mind.
The Enneagram creates self-awareness and uncovers the patterns of behaviour that sub-consciously drive and motivate us to act in certain ways. When we make these patterns and motivations conscious, we can get beyond them to develop richer, more supportive ways of being. Working with the Enneagram empowers you and your people, to take responsibility for their own behaviours and growth, from a greater understanding of why they act and react the way they do.
A rigorously tested, online questionnaire, quickly produces a comprehensive report that provides awareness of your motivations, beliefs, defences and fixed behaviour patterns. It identifies how you communicate, the things that get you stuck or frustrated, how you respond to conflict, your core fears and how these trigger you. You will recognise your gifts and detect your blind spots, identifying and working through the things that trip you and your people up. Carolyn’s expertise in this specialist field means she delivers results for those leading high performing teams, profiling, problem-solving and growing the best.
It’s important not to box people in and the Enneagram does this well, it offers depth and complexity, allowing us to see the interplay between all of the types both within us and with those around us. For those keen to begin understanding the Enneagram, here’s some headlines:
One’s are about improvement, ensuring things are done correctly. They value principles and integrity and are driven by the motivational need to be good and right. Integrity and quality will also be important to them. One’s appreciate standards, principles and structure. They have a clear sense of what is right and wrong and may seem self-righteous or judgemental at times. They value facts, precision and clarity, working hard to avoid mistakes.
Enneagram Twos want to meet other’s needs in a helpful, supportive way. Warm, giving and people oriented, they seek affirmation from their relationships and may be sensitive and angry if they feel unappreciated. They may over-involve themselves in others’ lives. They have a motivational need to be liked and appreciated, kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice are important to them. Twos strive to make the world a more loving place, primarily by offering support and attention to those they care about.
Enneagram Threes are ‘doers’ and tend to be practical and task oriented. They value achievement and want to be the best. As a result, efficiency, results, recognition and image are very important to them. Threes strive for success in their chosen field and tend to be highly flexible and willing to adapt to achieve their goals. They risk becoming overstretched or workaholic.
Enneagram Fours search for meaning and depth, they have the motivational need to express their uniqueness and be authentic. Fours value individualism and as a result, feelings, self-expression and purpose will be important to them. They are quite romantic at heart and appreciate beauty and creating meaning for themselves and for others. They may seem emotionally moody or dramatic and are often highly creative.
Enneagram Fives are private individuals with an active mental life. They have the motivational need to know and understand. Fives value making sense of the world around them and, as a result, objectivity and knowledge are important to them. Fives strive for independence, appreciate privacy and tend to conserve their resources to ensure future independence. They can seem withdrawn at times, and may be antagonistic and aggressive in their defence of their need for isolation.
Enneagram Sixes easily tune into potential danger and risks, acting on a sense of anxiety, and think in sceptical ways. They value security and belonging, as this style stems from the motivational need to be safe and prepared. As a result, loyalty and trust are important to Sixes, who strive to be responsible and prepared at all times.
Enneagram Sevens seek variety, stimulation and fun, tackling challenges with optimism and engaging with life in a future-oriented way. They have the motivational need to experience life to the fullest and avoid pain. Sevens value a sense of freedom and focus on optimism, being inspired and taking opportunities as they present themselves. Sevens approach life as an adventure and appreciate being playful and spontaneous. As team members they bring creativity, energy and optimism. They may seem distracted and hedonistic and at times irresponsible to others.
Enneagram Eights are forces of nature, with a strong presence and personality that values being in control. They have a motivational need to be strong and avoid showing vulnerability. They are guarded but caring and protective of those around them. They mask vulnerability with a tough, no-nonsense exterior and may seem intimidating, domineering or confrontational. They value being direct and impactful. Eights love challenges and will embody a need for justice which enables them to protect others.
Enneagram Nines are diplomatic and attuned to the ideas of others, often facilitators or mediators in groups. They form the glue between people with their friendly, stable demeanour. Motivated by a need to be settled and in harmony with the world, they can be overly accommodating and accepting. They strive for a peaceful existence and appreciate stability, preferring to avoid conflict. They struggle to connect to their own point of view.