The Enneagram is currently applied in diverse group and organisational areas, including:
- Culture and Engagement
- Organisational Leadership
- Organisational Change
- Team Development
- Talent Management
- Diversity training
When applying the Enneagram at team and organisational levels, it is important to remain issue-centric, leading from the issues or challenges the team or organisation are experiencing and not from the Enneagram as a framework. The nature of the challenge will determine how we apply the Enneagram as it is not a means unto itself but rather a tool for making sense and developing teams and organisations.
A new perspective on systemic Engagement
Scholars of organisational transformation often debate whether the true unit of transformation is the individual, the team, or the organisation. We believe that organisations are complex adaptive systems where these ‘levels’ of system are dynamically interlinked and function as fractals of each other. In other words, that the individuals shape the whole even as the whole shapes the individuals, in a complex dance, and that the true potential for transformation is often found in the relationships between these fractal forces and levels of system.
The Integrative Enneagram takes traditional organisation development frameworks to a deeper level, applying its models and frameworks with a deep understanding of individual motivators and drivers. By scaling elegantly between insight into individual motivators and insight into dominant organisational cultures, we offer a fresh approach to culture and engagement, with the potential for individualised strategies and development actions. With deeper insights into the ‘why’ behind displayed behaviours or resistance, true breakthrough solutions become possible at a systemic level.
Organisations have invested a great amount of time, resources and energy in building engagement in recent years, and this remains a key priority. The 2016 Deloitte Human Capital Survey [https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/human-capital-trends/2016/human-capital-trends-introduction.html] suggests that “under the evolving social contract between employer and employee, workers become “volunteers” to be re-engaged and re-recruited each day”.
This implies that engagement is driven by a range of factors that may be more micro, individualized and localized than previous engagement frameworks allowed, giving more responsibility for engagement to the immediate manager and team. The IEQ indicates red flags and warning signs of overload, burnout and disengagement for different individuals, as well as suggestions of blind spots and opportunities for engagement at both a collective and individual level, allowing for a strategic approach to this essential challenge.
The Enneagram empowers managers, leaders and coaches with specific suggestions of effective development paths, activities, tips and strategies for each individual or group. The entire IEQ suite of products focuses not only on the ‘what’ but also offers reflections and suggestions of the ‘so what, now what?’ to move into the future. All reports and processes focus on linking individual self-awareness, group empathy and organisational alignment into a powerful and holistic force for change.
Organisations and groups experience complex issues and organisational paradoxes, which create dynamic tensions between competing forces in the shared environment, such as…
Key Organisational Paradoxes
||Organisational performance expectations
|The need to adapt
||The need for stability
The Enneagram enables us to build a picture of emergent complexity in an organisational context, by considering and linking the beliefs, values and motivations of the individual, the team, the leader in the team, the team as it relates to the organisation and the organisation as it relates to customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
The IEQ offers the opportunity to sense, analyse and dig deep into the underlying assumptions and beliefs that form the organizational DNA, and therefore the strategies and opportunities to shape, tweak and leverage that culture to maximize its potential.
Through the lens of the Enneagram one can leverage organisational change and transformation by asking questions such as:
- What are the issues and challenges?
- What are the dynamics at this level of the system?
- Who is involved in exploring the system from a given perspective and what is their point of view on the world?
- What are the boundary issues? Who / what is excluded or included when we explore the system from a given perspective?
We invite you to explore these themes further in our Organisational Applications page.
Enneagram for Business