I spent from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening every day last week wallowing and delighting in an incredibly inspiring workshop on coaching using the Enneagram. For those of you who are not yet familiar with the Enneagram, very briefly it can be described as a map, which can be used to navigate your way through the difficulties of building positive and long lasting relationships in the workplace; and at home, by becoming more self-aware of what drives your unconscious behaviour . Being primarily a personality profiling tool, learning the system of the Enneagram provides an extraordinarily accurate method for the lay person to understand, empathize and therefore connect with people around them.

In a connection economy people’s only real differentiating factor is their ability to build relationships with other people, whether that is with clients and customers or internally with our talent. I have no doubt that you can imagine how understanding your own behaviour, as well as that of your colleagues and loved ones, would be beneficial from a talent retention angle, from a selling, marketing and advertising perspective and in terms of management styles. As we move into an increasingly people-focused workplace, where increased diversity requires more and more self-awareness from all of us, having a tool to assist us is extraordinarily beneficial.

The Enneagram is the best tool I know of to do this.

The workshop I attended last week was run by world-renowned Enneagram practitioner Ginger Lapid-Bogda. Ginger has spent the last 37 years using the Enneagram specifically in the business and corporate environment, which is why I wanted to spend a week with her. She is the author of three books: Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach, Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work and What Type of Leader are You? Using the Enneagram System to Identify and Grow Your Leadership Strengths and Achieve Maximum Success. All these are excellent reads and useful for any work environment, industry and level.

TomorrowToday has been offering workshops, presentations and training sessions on the Enneagram for a number of years now. I would like to introduce you to how we train the Enneagram:

Training methodology

Our training is fun and interactive. We like to keep our numbers to less than 20 people per group, which allows for plenty of questioning, discussion and ‘doing’ time. Our belief is that most people are visual and kinesthetic learners, which is why we use a light-hearted, fun, and edutainment-style approach, with lots of multi-media and interactive applicative activities.

Course Outline

  • Introducing the Enneagram and why it is a useful tool in today’s workplace
  • An introduction in to how human’s think, feel and behave
  • An overview of each personality type in terms of how they work, what they look like and how best to connect with them
  • A practical workshop to apply what delegates have learned in their specific context

 Delegate Outcomes

  • An in-depth understanding of people
  • Increased empathy for the way other people see the world
  • A greater appreciation for what makes other people tick
  • Seeing how to communicate with people who appear ‘not like you’
  • Being able to motivate people effectively
  • Being able to give and receive feedback more appropriately

Course Benefits

  • Improved management styles
  • Advanced sales skills
  • Greater team work
  • Enhanced communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal)
  • Better collaborative skills
  • More connectivity amongst talent
  • Much better self-awareness

If you are interested in finding out more about the wonderful world of the Enneagram contact me on saffron@tomorrowtraining.co.za or info@tomorrowtoday.co.za.

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