Applying the Enneagram personality test in the workplace is one of the most powerful tools you can use to improve office communication and strengthen team dynamics. But like all powerful tools, it can be misused, and one common misconception is that it might be efficient to eliminate various Enneagram types from specific jobs or teams.
You’ve seen it before and perhaps been guilty of it yourself:
A Type Four who is convinced they’re a Type Six because they struggle with anxiety.
Or, a Type Seven who thinks they’re a Type Three because they’re always hustling.
Perhaps you know a Type Nine who resonates with all the types and confuses themselves with another number.
Not only did the Covid-19 pandemic disrupt the way many of us work, it also changed the recruitment process for both companies and candidates. As if job searching wasn’t difficult enough, now we also have to navigate online interviews, often under challenging circumstances. Studies indicate that less than 35 percent of communication is strictly verbal. So, it can be easy to feel like you’re at a big disadvantage when you’re trying to connect with someone in a two dimensional space.
That’s the bad news.
In yesterday’s post, we explored the dark side of the Enneagram and what happens when each of the types falls victim to their habit of attention and becomes fixated in their pattern of thinking. In this state of contraction, the dark side is exposed, and from crimes of passion to crimes of omission, the behavior gets ugly.
One of the major benefits of the Enneagram personality test is that it not only helps you understand who you are, it gives you a very clear path to be the best version of yourself. The fundamental idea is that we each have a habit of attention we lean too far into. The Enneagram encourages us to relax this habit of attention, come back into the center, and share the best version of our true selves with the world. A world in which everyone had completely relaxed their habit of attention would be a world of great compassion.
New year, new goals! If you’re ready to launch your side hustle or go full force as a solopreneur, understanding your personality and your imperfections may help you get there that much faster. Solopreneurs are people who are following their passions to launch a new business or run a venture on their own. Unlike an entrepreneur who typically hires and manages a team, solopreneurs work on almost all aspects of their business on their own.
Truity is pleased to share this guest post from Rob Toomey, President of TypeCoach.
When you think about your very best interactions with others, there is a good chance one of two things was going on:
1. You were talking to someone with a similar personality type – you didn’t have to make any big adjustments because the other person naturally understood what you were saying;
Valentine’s Day is all about showering your special someone with love. But what about the best friend who’s always been there for you — through the career break-throughs and relationship break-ups, the Gayle to your Oprah? Thankfully, there is now a day to celebrate the enduring awesomeness of female friendship — Galentine’s Day — an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 13th.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the time to start planning that perfect celebration with your partner. A good relationship is made up of a lot of day-to-day routine sprinkled with meaningful moments, and February 14th provides a great opportunity to strengthen your bond with your partner by doing something really special for them.
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