The first learning adventure that I'm going to share with you is the preconference I attended on Wednesday, April 21 entitled, "What's Your Style? 9 Paths to Personal and Professional Development" with facilitators Peter and Suzanne Bromberg.
This workshop centered around The Enneagram (pronounced ANY-a-gram), a personality inventory that describes one's primary motivations, outlook on life, and how and to where energy and attention are focused. There are 9 Enneagram styles:
- Style One, aka: perfectionist, reformer, principled teacher
- Style Two, aka: helper, giver, pleaser, caretaker, mentor
- Style Three, aka: achiever, performer, motivator, producer
- Style Four, aka: individualist, romantic, creator, artist, poet
- Style Five, aka: investigator, observer, thinker, scholar, sage
- Style Six, aka: questioner, loyal skeptic, troubleshooter
- Style Seven, aka: adventurer, enthusiast, fun lover, cheerer
- Style Eight, aka: challenger, leader, boss, confronter
- Style Nine, aka: peacemaker, mediator, acceptor, connector
Whew! It's a good thing we have some stress management programs scheduled in May!
On the other side however, if I notice my Five qualities starting to show I can take advantage of them as well, but for good instead of evil.
This is a topic that I'm very interested in and could probably blog all day about but, I won't, and instead I'll share one last take away.
In the afternoon we split up into groups by style to answer some questions about ourselves like:
- What do we like about being Sevens?
- What annoys or stresses Sevens?
- Sevens are needed in our library because we...
If anyone is interested in learning more about The Enneagram just let me know. The Bromberg's said it was OK to share their materials with anyone who's interested. In the meantime, you can take the brief, free version of The Enneagram inventory and learn more about your style at The Enneagram Institute's web site.