Instinctual Teams

In a previous article I wrote about “Instinctual Leadership” and the effect of our instinctual bias on the way we perform as leaders. As I wrote there, each of us has a tendency to habitually focus on one of three domains of life’s challenges more than on the other two. Many of our strengths and vulnerabilities […]

Why Change Efforts Fail—Culture and the Instinctual Biases

One definition of culture that I like is “a group’s collection of implicitly agreed-upon ways of solving problems.” Culture is not something that is usually developed deliberately; it evolves from the psychological biases of those who form the group as they react to problems they encounter. This applies to cultures of all sorts—from national cultures to organizational […]

Thoughts on Using the Enneagram in Organizations

Recently, a Facebook friend put out a general call for advice for people who want to start using the Enneagram in organizations. Below is the guidance I gave.  Dear ______, This is a great topic and one I have a lot of opinions on; hope you don’t mind me sharing them here. I’ve been using […]

Spirituality and the Enneagram in Business, Part 2

(This post originally appeared as an article in the October issue of Nine Points Magazine, the International Enneagram Association’s quarterly online publication. For more information, go to http://www.internationalenneagram.org.) In the first part of this article, which appeared in the last issue of Nine Points Magazine, I discussed my concerns about discussing spirituality when using the […]

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 ways to do it perfectly. A mis-hire can be expensive to a company–costing money, time, […]