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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

Subtypes and FAQs, Part 3

Descriptions of the subtypes will be posted on the  ELI Facebook page. For pdfs, send me an email an email at This is part of


Look Out!

Enneagrammers are, in general, an introspective lot. Most of us seem to have encountered the system in the midst of some search for self-understanding and


Subtype Descriptions

I’ll be posting one-page descriptions of the subtypes on the Enneagram Learning International Facebook page, approximately one per week. The Navigating Eight is there now.

Articles by topic

Subtypes FAQ, Part 6: Why Don’t You Use “Connecting” to Describe the Transmitting Subtype?

After a recent training program on the subtypes, an attendee sent an email that included the following: Most people call it a "sexual" or "one-to-one" subtype; you refer to it ... Read More

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 pages that I tossed it ... Read More

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Essence, Teleology, and the Enneagram (an excerpt from “The Enneagram Journal”)

(This is a very brief excerpt from my article, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Essence, Teleology, and The Enneagram" from the just-published 2013 Enneagram Journal. You can obtain the whole article ... Read More

A Skeptic Grapples With the Enneagram

Yes, I am the skeptic in the title, which, in fact, is a bit misleading; I'm not grappling with "the Enneagram," I'm grappling with the sloppy philosophy and new age ... Read More


(This article appears on the IEA's “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo Da Vinci “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple…that’s creativity.” - Charles Mingus ... Read More

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"? First, a word about terminology: ... Read More