The Blog

Insights on the intersection of leadership, organizational dynamics, the Enneagram, coaching, clear thinking, personal and professional growth, and related topics.

By Mario Sikora and guest associates

Recent Articles

What Does It Mean to Be Mindful?

Mindfulness is a very popular topic in organizations these days. Many companies offer courses in mindfulness and tout its benefits—relaxation, improved focus, better performance. But

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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

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Power: How to Get It and Why

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Lord Acton) Acton may be correct (most people leave out the important word “tends” when repeating this

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Traps of the Mind (Part 1)

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman (American theoretical physicist, 1918-1988) We like to think we see ... Read More

Thinking Like a Leader

Like many symbols, the Enneagram makes convenient scaffolding for intellectual constructs. Attempts to create memorable and useful maps and models are often enhanced by a visual pattern. They help the ... Read More

Recommended Books

I just posted a list of recommended books. The list will be added to over time, so check back from time to time ... Read More

Mitt Romney: Profile of a Preserving (Self Pres) Three

It would be difficult to write a more vivid account of a Preserving (Self-Preservation) Three than this article about Mitt Romney. He is portrayed as someone who is both incredibly ... Read More

Beware the Halo: What to Watch Out for When It Comes to Enneagram Training

Linus Pauling was one of the most brilliant scientists of all time, and the only person to be awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes (one in chemistry and one for peace) ... 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 ... Read More