The Enneagram is a powerful system for understanding yourself, others, and interpersonal dynamics. But did you know that the Enneagram is more than a personality system? I this video, Matt Schlegel explains how the Enneagram can be applied to collaborative problem-solving teamwork.
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Grateful to Mari-Lyn Harris and Heart@Work (www.heartatworkonline.org) for the opportunity to share topics in author Matt Schlegel’s book Teamwork 9.0–Successful Workgroup Problem Solving Using the Enneagram.
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Mary—Question: What other situations have you had, other challenges that you’ve run into with your clients, and how have you been able to help them do teamwork.
Matt—Answer: The powerful thing about the Enneagram… People know about the Enneagram as a personality tool. That’s predominantly how it’s used now and understood; but, actually it’s really much more than that. And, I came across this when I started to ask the question, “Why is the 1 the 1, why is the 2 the 2?” So, the Enneagram uses numbers for the different types and I was like, was that arbitrary? Could the one actually be the seven or could the three be the nine? And as I studied it more I realized there is a specific reason why the numbers are numbers and they’re in that particular order. It’s because the Enneagram also describes a process by which humans work together to solve problems. And once I understood that, then I started to use the Enneagram as a problem-solving framework with my team, where Type 1 is the perfectionist and they’re the first ones to identify that “Hey, that’s not right; it shouldn’t be that way; it should be this way.” Well, what’s the first step in problem solving? It’s identifying that there is a problem. And, on and around each of the nine steps, you have a dynamic that we know through the personality dynamic, but it’s also a problem-solving dynamic. So that’s really how I understood that there’s much more to Enneagram and how powerful it is; and, I used that framework to help my team solve big challenging problems at work, and then I built my consulting practice on top of that.
Mary: That sounds great.