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

Coaching President Obama

I was recently asked to participate in a thought experiment: A friend was surveying theorists who work at the intersection of personality and leadership for

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The Transmitting Nine

The Transmitting Nine, commonly referred to as the “sexual” or “one-to-one” Nine is among the most misunderstood of the subtypes. The strategy, which is more

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Articles by topic

Are You a Leader for the Future?

Every generation tends to think it is living in a uniquely revolutionary time. This generation may actually be correct—the world seems to be changing exponentially and to degrees that have ... Read More

Instinctual Leadership: Signaling Warmth and Competence

Humans are contradictory creatures. We have the capacity to step back, think rationally, and reason through complex problems, but we often don’t use that capacity—relying instead on snap judgments to ... Read More

Instinctual Teams

In a previous article I wrote about “Instinctual Leadership” and the effect of our instinctual bias on the way we perform as leaders. As I wrote there, each of us ... Read More

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