The Enneagram is a powerful personality system which leaders can us to help team members better understand themselves, the styles of their teammates, and the interpersonal dynamics that occur. In my role as a manager at Palm, I introduced the Enneagram to my team. I joined Palm after it had merged with Handspring, so the Enneagram was helpful at getting teammates from the merged companies to build rapport with one another and work effectively together.
Grateful to Mari-Lyn Harris and Heart@Work (www.heartatworkonline.org) for the opportunity to share topics about the Enneagram and my book Teamwork 9.0. Find the entire interview here:
Mari-Lyn Harris: So how does that transferred into your team? Like, what happened to your team? Did you use [the Enneagram] with your team at work as you were moving into management? How did that help and play out?
Matt Schlegel: Yeah, I did. So as I understood [the Enneagram] better, I introduced it to my team. At the time I was working at a company — Palm — and, we had recently merged with a company called Handspring. You had Palm and Handspring coming together as one company. In that environment where you’re trying to merge two teams, I found the Enneagram very helpful at getting people to understand themselves, understand other people, and understand the interpersonal dynamics of those relationships. I brought it into the team on that basis, just to get people more comfortable with each other’s working styles, and it was really very powerful and effective at doing that.