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

Being Mindful

Flipping through a recent issue of a prominent business magazine, I came across yet another article on how organizations are flocking to “mindfulness” training based

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Instinctual Leadership

Each of us has a particular area of instinctual focus that can significantly affect our leadership style. These instinctual biases incline us to pay more attention to

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The Leader as Conductor

Leaders set the tone for the organization. They establish the direction, set goals, support people along the way. They set an example of what behaviors

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Argument Amongst Friends

The tone was pleasant enough, but the words fascinated me: “I started reading your Enneagram Journal article today but became so frustrated after a few

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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

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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”?

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Articles by topic

Instinctual Leadership (2)

Each of us is wired with instinctual drives that shape what we value and what aspects of life we focus on. These drives have been wired into us through millions ... Read More

The Missing Piece in Creating Change

Most advice on how to change is very straightforward (and simplistic): Become aware of your patterns and what you need to do differently, then make a plan for doing the ... Read More

Being Mindful

Flipping through a recent issue of a prominent business magazine, I came across yet another article on how organizations are flocking to “mindfulness” training based on traditional Eastern practices. In ... Read More

Instinctual Leadership

Each of us has a particular area of instinctual focus that can significantly affect our leadership style. These instinctual biases incline us to pay more attention to some things and ... Read More

The Leader as Conductor

Leaders set the tone for the organization. They establish the direction, set goals, support people along the way. They set an example of what behaviors are to be demonstrated by ... Read More

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 ... Read More