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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Working With the Instinctual Biases–Skill and Self-Management

When it comes to working with your instinctual biases, there are two things to focus on: Learning to manage our reactions to them rather than being managed by them, andBecoming ... Read More

Responding to a Discussion on the Instinctual Biases

Warning--This post is for true Enneagram geeks! I was recently asked on a Facebook forum about my view on the instinctual biases and how they differed from some of the ... Read More

Back to Basics: Peter Drucker and What Makes an Effective Executive

One occupational challenge I face is trying to stay current with the literature on management and leadership. As in every other field, we have more access to more ideas than ... Read More

Leadership Presence and the Art of Letting Things Come and Letting Things Go

I’m often asked to work with leaders to help them improve “leadership presence,” which is usually a catch-all phrase for intangible qualities of leadership that range from polishing their physical ... Read More

What Kind of Game is This?

We often find ourselves in the midst of a conflict without realizing how we got there and without really thinking about how we can find our way out. Or, since ... Read More

The Core Qualities and Accelerators: Finding the “Heart” of the Enneagram

This post is an excerpt from “The Notes and the Melody: An Introduction to the Awareness to Action Approach to the Enneagram,” by Mario Sikora. The book can be obtained ... Read More