The Enneagram is particularly powerful in its team applications. In 1-2 days, we help teams understand their team dynamics, discuss big or delicate issues in an objective way, and make major or incremental process improvements as needed. This process is both illuminating and fun.
We accomplish this in multiple ways: 1) creating a team map, indicating each team member’s Enneagram type on the map, then discussing how the perspectives of each type have created the team’s current dynamics; 2) using the pinch-crunch model of conflict and relationships, allowing each team member to understand their own pinches or irritations and those of others plus how these relate to Enneagram type, then working on their own development and making new agreements about how they will engage one another; 3) engaging in feedback, either as a whole team, in pairs or both, using real issues and the Enneagram as a guide; and 4) utilizing the stages of team development model – forming, storming, norming, and performing – to determine the current stage of the team, the factors involved in being at this stage, including type-based factors, and what can be done to move forward.
There are additional approaches we use the Enneagram to help healthy teams be even more vibrant and assist teams with difficulties to work through issues in constructive ways. We can also integrate the Enneagram with team building through outdoor activities, music and art, game show simulations, somatic exercises, theater games, scavenger hunts, and more.