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For Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, I am celebrating the amazing lives of Helen Keller and her teacher and lifelong companion Anne Sullivan. [Transcript] When I was in grade school, Helen Keller fascinated me.  I can’t tell you how many times I read my Scholastic book of her story.  Reflecting back on that fascination, I am sure it has to do with my being an Enneagram Type 6.  I could imagine and empathize with how it must have been for her to navigate the world in complete darkness… in complete silence… with the two senses I most rely on being completely…
Enneagram Type 9 has an innate understanding of others’ perspectives, and their intuition informs this understanding. Stepping into others’ viewpoints forms the basis for Type 9 creativity. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King Jr. Inspiration—Action Situated at the very top of the Enneagram diagram, this position symbolizes the 9’s ability to understand the perspectives of all other types.  Whenever in doubt, their mind turns to imagining the many possible forces influencing a person—their likes and dislikes, what is going on in their personal and professional lives,…
At this month’s Center for Spiritual Life workshop, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by exploring the compatibility of Enneagram types in romantic relationships.  Among others, we discovered likes attract with two such combinations in the group: Type 1-Type 1 and Type 9-Type 9. We found that wing types attract with three such combinations in the group: Type 2-Type 3 and two Type 5-Type 6. Also, we discovered that members of harmony triads (Types 1-4-7, Types 2-5-8 and Types 3-6-9) often form relationships with two such combinations in the group: Type 2-Type 8 and Type 3-Type 6. Finally, we amused ourselves with…
Creativity for Enneagram Type 8 emerges from their intuition.  Somehow, the just know what to do.  Because the process is unconscious, even the most creative Type 8s will often bemoan that they are not creative.  They are so unconscious of their creativity that they may not even realize when they are actually being creative! Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. – Ray Bradbury Inspiration—Action Enneagram Type 8s enjoy the freedom to act on their instincts. The 8s are strongly associated…
Wednesday February 24th, 7:30pm, Tues: Enneagram and Love What does the Enneagram tell us about where Cupid’s arrow may land? In this session we will explore compatibility between Enneagram types in relationships with our significant other. Also, we will examine how self-love helps us to better navigate these relationships. For Zoom Link contact Matt Schlegel at matt@evolutionaryteams.com _____________________________ Future Enneagram Studies Workshops… Enneagram—Back To Basics Wednesday, March 17, 7:30PM Where did the Enneagram come from?  What are the nine Enneagram types?  What’s my type? Can I be more than one type?  Join us for this back-to-basics Enneagram discussion where we discuss these and…
Enneagram Type 7s are the honeybees of the Enneagram. Rather than pollen from flowers, they pick up ideas from people as they go from person to person throughout the day. The creative process for Type 7 is like making honey! You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have. —  Maya Angelou Inspiration—Action Enneagram Type 7s are continually looking for the next fun thing to do which makes this type very open to ideas for new things to try out. This process of collecting ideas resembles behaviors of Type 5 along the 7s path of integration.  The…
Looking forward to delivering an engaging online workshop for Project Management Institute—California Central Valley Chapter on Wed Feb. 17 at 6PM Pacific with co-collaborator extraordinaire Yvonne Burton. We gave this workshop to the Sacramento Valley Chapter and it sold out with 100 registrants, so sign up soon! Hope to see you there. Title: Learn the Nine Intrinsic Motivations of Teammates Description: One of the biggest challenges for project managers is understanding what motivates their team members. Likely, project managers have a good idea of what motivates themselves, and they may project their own motivation onto others. That strategy may or…
I am conducting a couple of workshops this month.  Please join if you can! Title: Learn the Nine Intrinsic Motivations of Teammates Description: One of the biggest challenges for project managers is understanding what motivates their team members. Likely, project managers have a good idea of what motivates themselves, and they may project their own motivation onto others. That strategy may or may not work. Some individuals may have completely different motivations, and the manager may struggle to understand those differences. The Enneagram is a tool that describes nine distinct personality styles, each with a distinct – and distinctly different…
Enneagram Type 6’s thoughts continually drift towards the future, alert to possibilities and a source for ideas and inspiration. These thoughts provide a distinct flavor for Type 6’s creative process. The creative adult is the child who survived. – Ursula Kroeber Le Guin Inspiration—Action Enneagram Type 6 has easier access to inspiration when stress and anxiety recede.  In this state, the 6 has more perception of others and can perceive possibilities that work for everyone, much like the dynamic of Type 9 along the 6’s Path of Integration.  On the other hand, as stress and anxiety increase, the 6 can…
For Black History Month, I am celebrating the amazing life of Frederick Douglass. Here is a link to the rendition of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”  speech that inspired me to study Douglass more: https://youtu.be/O0baE_CtU08 Here is the transcript of my video: I am an avid podcast listener which is how I came to hear James Earl Jones’ rendition of Frederick Douglass’ speech entitled, “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” While the title alone is provocative, the speech itself is stunning and eye opening. For instance: “Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me…