Articles about Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

What Comes Next

Basic principle number one is that during a dual health and financial crisis, we are all going to be Preservers. Have you been focused on how to stockpile and conserve resources? Have you been mindlessly (or even mindfully, for that

Read More »

Looking Past Three: The Instinctual Bias Subdomains

People tend to view the three instinctual domains as three discreet and specific “instincts”: self-preservation, social, and sexual (or one-to-one). This is an archaic and outdated view of biology, which is far more complicated. It is more accurate to think of these as three domains

Read More »

A Skeptic Grapples With the Enneagram

Yes, I am the skeptic in the title, which, in fact, is a bit misleading; I’m not grappling with “the Enneagram,” I’m grappling with the sloppy philosophy and new age bunk often associated with it. I’m grappling with some of

Read More »

Simple

(This article appears on the IEA’s NinePointsMagazine.org.)  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple…that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus I’m often asked how I can teach a system as “complex” as

Read More »

Subtypes FAQ, Part 5

(This is an ongoing series of responses to questions about the subtypes and instincts.) Why do you call it a “Preserving” domain rather than “self-preservation”? First, a word about terminology: it is sometimes an imprecise art and often involves trade-offs.

Read More »

Subtypes FAQs, Part 4

Peacocks offer a vivid display of “transmitting instincts.” Here is an email I received after giving my program on the instincts at the IEA European Conference in Paris this month and I decided to respond as part of this ongoing series

Read More »

Coaching President Obama

I was recently asked to participate in a thought experiment: A friend was surveying theorists who work at the intersection of personality and leadership for a project loosely called “Coaching President Obama.” The question he asked was “How would you

Read More »

Subtype Spotlight: The Navigating Seven (aka, the Social Seven)

Strategies Preferred Strategy: Striving to be Excited Our greatest strength, but also our biggest problem when over-used. Support Strategy: Striving to be Perfect Feels comfortable, but problematic when unconsciously over-used. Neglected Strategy: Striving to be Detached We are uncomfortable with

Read More »

Nine Leadership Strategies

Our personality doesn’t determine whether we will be effective leaders or not but it will very often shape the way we lead, especially when we are under stress. The Enneagram identifies nine adaptive or problem-solving strategies that lie at the

Read More »

The Transmitting Nine

The Transmitting Nine, commonly referred to as the “sexual” or “one-to-one” Nine is among the most misunderstood of the subtypes. The strategy, which is more restrained, and the instinctual bias, which is more expressive or assertive, are in some degree

Read More »

The Three Enneagrams and Ennea-Type Four

This chart helps to identify key obstacles to growth for Ennea-type Four. The chart belowsuggests remedies to remove those obstacle.Learning to use these charts is a big part of theELI Level One certification. Someone asked me recently to explain the

Read More »

Subtype Spotlight: The Navigating Eight

I’ve started creating one-page descriptions of the 27 subtypes and plan to produce about one per week (the Navigating Eight is seen in the image to the right). I’ll be posting them on the ELI Facebook page, and PDFs are

Read More »

Subtypes and FAQs, Part 3

Descriptions of the subtypeswill be posted on the ELI Facebook page. For pdfs, send me an email an email atmario@enneagramlearning.com. This is part of an ongoing and occasional series of FAQs. Part one can be viewed here and FAQs part two can

Read More »

Subtype Descriptions

I’ll be posting one-page descriptions of the subtypes on the Enneagram Learning International Facebook page, approximately one per week. The Navigating Eight is there now. For pdf copies, send me an email at mario@awarenesstoaction.com.

Read More »

Discovering the Enneagram

This post falls under the heading of “Life Takes the Occasional Odd Turn.” Said odd turn: I was recently contacted by a reporter from a women’s lifestyle and fashion magazine in Chile, Revista Paula, and asked some questions about how

Read More »

“Discoveries”: Some Thoughts on Language

Before we begin–please forgive my churlishness. Like Melville’s Ishmael, on occasion I need to drive off the spleen and regulate the circulation. The temptation Ishmael feels to step into the street and methodically knock people’s hats off is all too

Read More »

Subtypes and Instincts FAQs, Part 2

This is a continuation of what will be an ongoing series of blogs related to the subtypes and instincts. See part 1 here.I see myself as a sexual orone-to-one subtype, but I don’t do these transmitting behaviors that you have identified. Why?This is

Read More »

Subtypes and Instincts: FAQs, Part 1

The subtypes and instincts were a topic of great interest at the IEA conference in Long Beach at the end of July and a number of presenters addressed the topic, including Russ Hudson, Beatrice Chestnut, and me. Everywhere I went

Read More »

Keep it Simple

During her keynote address at the International Enneagram Association conference in Long Beach last week, zen teacher Cheri Huber talked about simplicity and what she thought would be the eventual single biggest idea in self-growth–simply deciding who one wants to

Read More »

Trends: Observations from the IEA Conference

A few days have passed since I stumbled, cranky and disoriented, off the red-eye from LAX to Philadelphia following the conclusion of the International Enneagram Association conference, and I’ve had a little time to reflect on the gathering. I’ve written

Read More »

“Why Don’t You Teach the Wings?”

“Why don’t you teach the wings?”     This question comes up a lot. This time it was during a certification training I was conducting in Santiago, Chile earlier this month. Usually, when people ask this I say that I don’t

Read More »

The Core Qualities and Intuition

In my recent article on “Awareness to Action Coaching” I briefly discussed the nine core qualities. These are innate aspects of the human condition that correlate to the points on the Enneagram and provide a particular existential dilemma for each

Read More »

Awareness to Action Coaching

An Approach to Using the Enneagram By Mario Sikora There are two elemental approaches to coaching, as there are to many things: the tactical approach and the strategic approach. The tactical approach focuses on behaving differently—stop doing this, start doing

Read More »

Further Thoughts on Steve Jobs’ Ennea-type

     I received an interesting response to my blog on Steve Jobs’ Ennea-type on a Facebook group page, so I thought I’d share my response to it here (see my original blog here). The writer asserted that my assessment

Read More »

Thoughts on Steve Jobs’ Ennea-type

Assessing other people’s Ennea-types is tricky business, and the only thing more problematic than ennea-typing public figures is not doing so.     Let me explain:    First, it is best if people identify their own type.     Second, it is

Read More »

Madrid by Instinct

I’ve just returned from 10 days in Madrid, one of my favorite cities, where I did a five-day training on the Enneagram for Coaches and also got to do a bit of sight-seeing. The time off in this enchanted place

Read More »

Letter to the Editor of the Enneagram Monthly

Dear Editor, Thank you for publishing my article, “Spirituality and the Enneagram in Business,” in the September issue of Enneagram Monthly. I felt it necessary to write this letter, however, because I’m concerned that your summary of the article in

Read More »

Keep it Simple

A bit over 5 years ago, I wrote a series of articles for the Enneagram Monthly on a pragmatic approach to the Enneagram, titled “The Notes and the Melody.” My ideas have evolved slightly since then, though I still hold

Read More »

Hiring and the Enneagram

“I need to hire a new (fill in the blank). What Enneagram type would be best?” It’s a question I hear with surprising frequency, and I can understand why. Hiring employees is a tricky business, and there are no foolproof

Read More »

The Difficulty of Typing

“First, there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.”–Donovan Identifying Enneagram type is like the zen saying that Donovan sang about many years ago: In the beginning, it all seems so simple: People’s Enneagram types seem

Read More »

Hold the Map Lightly

A friend once told me a story–apocryphal, I’m sure–about someone following their GPS so literally that they drove off the road and into a small stream. I was reminded of this story the other day while talking to another coach

Read More »

‘Languaging’ the Enneagram

The International Enneagram Association held its annual conference in Ft Lauderdale on the last weekend of July. It was a great event and included a day of intriguing panel discussions as a pre-conference event. I was fortunate enough to be

Read More »