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

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

“What Business Books Should I Read?” My Personal Top Five, and a couple of others….

It should be a simple question, but I’m usually a bit perplexed when people ask me for recommendations for business or leadership books to read. There seems to be an ... Read More