Getting Your Boss's Number: And Many Other Ways to Use the Enneagram at Work

Getting Your Boss's Number: And Many Other Ways to Use the Enneagram at Work

by Michael J. Goldberg
     
 

The most practical introduction to the enneagram personality types, truly elegantly written, with many stories about how to apply it in real world settings. Heartful and profound. Goldberg is the consultant who brought the enneagram to the Central Intelligence Agency and Motorola  See more details below

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The most practical introduction to the enneagram personality types, truly elegantly written, with many stories about how to apply it in real world settings. Heartful and profound. Goldberg is the consultant who brought the enneagram to the Central Intelligence Agency and Motorola

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Fast Company
"Every man, wherever he goes," wrote Bertrand Russell, "is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions that move with him like flies on a summer's day." If your boss's convictions are stifling you, take a number. An enneagram number, that is. Michael J. Goldberg, author of Getting Your Boss's Number, uses the philosophical system known as the enneagram as a tool for tailoring your actions to your boss's personality. Created by the ancient Greeks, the enneagram is today so ubiquitous that it's been taught at the Stanford School of Business.

The enneagram divides people and organizations into nine personality types, each with distinct goals and values. You might work for a Seven. Innovative and impulsive, Sevens hate grunt work and dealing with the bottom line. Working at fast-forward, they juggle several projects simultaneously and are known to double-book appointments.

Goldberg suggests concrete ways of dealing with Sevens and their loose leadership style: enforce boundaries and deadlines, embrace their enthusiasms, resist playing the heavy - Sevens avoid conflict at all costs. Overuse the enneagram and you'll pigeonhole people. But used judiciously, it can help you understand your boss's motivations. It might even make those summer flies disappear.
International Personnel
An ancient perspective is brought into the modern workplace in a book about thoughts and actions of coworkers. In the book, Getting Your Boss's Number, author Michael J. Goldberg shows readers ways to improve communication and inner-office dynamics through use of the enneagram.

Based on ancient philosophic traditions, the Enneagram is an approach to people and their relationships. It describes nine basic world views and nine different ways of doing business in the world. Each of the nine personality types is something of a pathway through life, with likely obstacles and pitfalls along the way. Each style has its own natural gifts, limitations and blind spots and its own distinctive way of thinking, acting and being. In his book, Goldberg says that use of the Enneagram in the office makes the intentions and behaviors of others understandable, allowing people to work together with power and impact. In using the Enneagram, management and staff are given practical steps to create a work environment of higher efficiency, clearer communication, stronger work teams and greater understanding. --International Personnel Management Association News

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ISBN-13:
9780062512987
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/1996
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.00(d)

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