Coworker Typology


Published on "Gnothi seauton" - "Know Thyself" was inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Typologies do exactly that and it's a tremendously important step for effective collaboration.

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  • @Jormason Jeah Roter Sand woul be fine. Unfortunately she is in Montreal. We now use the Gulden Leeuw she is in Hamburg as well. Cheers Bernhard
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  • Very interesting, thank you Bernhard.
    The biochemical approach to one of their methods will definitely convince every 'One' to speak in the Language of the Enneagramm.

    I know it'S old stuff, but I really like it because of it's clear and emotional language. It speaks more to me than colder analytics like the MBTI. I think it's a helpful tool to the understand of thyself. High end Management-Consulting is definitely a more complex thing.

    We should make an Event, maybe on the 'Roter Sand'?
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  • Jörn Hendrik, this stuff is a thing of yesterday. Of course it is nice to know what types are in the team, but it says nothing about the development potential. The German motivational research is something more. Look here
    The EOS-called motivation test is used by us in teams and potential checks.
    I have about 20 old booklets of the Eneagram Typentest which I stoped using 10 years ago. If you like I can send them to you Kind regards from the Elbe
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  • Ach Jörn Hendrik, das Zeug ist Schnee von vorgestern. Selbstverständlich ist es nett zu wissen was für Typen im Team sind; es sagt jedoch nichts aus über die entwicklungspotentiale. Die deutsche Motivationsforschung ist da schon etwas weiter. Schau mal hier Der EOS genannte Motivationstest wird von uns eingesetzt bei Teams und Potentialchecks.
    Lieben Gruß von der Elbe
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Coworker Typology

  1. 1. COWORKER TYPOLOGY The Enneagramm September 2012 Jörn Hendrik Ast 1
  2. 2. Why Typologies?Humans are searching for patternsto explain the world around themand their fellow human beings.It all started with Hippocrates inancient Greece, supposedly 460 BC: Hippocrates invented the four temperaments in which the four bodily fluids affect human personality traitsAfter C. G. Jung wrote the book„Psychologische Typen“ a new era ofTypology for Psychologists andManagers arose: Jung marked eight different psychological Types The MBTI is based on Jungs Theory Source: 2
  3. 3. Why Typologies? Working in fluid Teams with experts from different areas requires a high level of understanding of the different motivations and characters. Various triggers of process gains in teams have been demonstrated empirically by the study „Synergetic effects in working teams“ by Guido Hertel (2011): social support from fellow team members the development and/or selection of experts for task and team processes use of multiple perspectives and information team learning, and social identification processes To profit from these triggers, especially in complex change management projects, the team members need to know each other very well.Source: 3
  4. 4. The EnneagrammFor the work with ffluid, I chosed the typologymodel of nine personality types: theEnneagrammThe origins of the Enneagramm are not clearbut the mystic G. I. Gurdjieff introduced it in1930 to the western Hemisphere: from the Greek words ennea [nine] and grammos [something written or drawn] It is believed the model of the Enneagramm was passed down by Sufi mystics over the centuries. The Bolivian Philosopher Oscar Ichazo started using the Enneagramm as an analysis method in 1950 at the Arica School.Yes, there are plenty of mystic and esotericstories clinging to the concept. But I like itbecause of its clear and emotional language. Typologies can never explain a character holistically but the Enneagramm has a strong metaphorical language that can lead to surprising insights. 4
  5. 5. The Enneagramm The Peacemaker 9 The Leader 8 1 The PerfectionistThe Adventurer 7 2 The Helper The Questioner 6 3 The Motivator The Thinker 5 4 The Romantic 5
  6. 6. The Perfectionist (the One) Perfectionists are realistic, conscientious, principled Perfectionists strive to live up to their high ideals. But they are disappointed with theirselves when their expectations are not met. How to get along with me (the One): „Take your share of the responsibility so I dont end up with all the work!“ „Acknowledge my achievements!“ „Im hard on myself. Reassure me that Im fine the way I am!“ „Tell me that you value my advice!“ „Be fair and considerate, as I am!“ „Apologize if you have been unthoughtful it will help me to forgive!“ „Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get uptight, but hear my worries first!“Source: Source: 6
  7. 7. The Helper (the Two) Helpers are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other peoples needs. Helpers are able to relate easily to people and to make friends. But they are often unable to say no and feel drained from overdoing for others. How to get along with me (the Two): „Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.“ „Share fun times with me.“ „Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.“ „Let me know that I am important and special to you.“ „Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.“ „Reassure me that I am intersting to you.“Source: Source: 7
  8. 8. The Motivator (the Three) Motivators are energetic, optimistic, self-assured, and goal oriented. Motivators are working hard to receive appreciation for their accomplishments. They often fear on not being succesful and get exhausted of always being on. How to get along with me (the Three): „Leave me alone when I am doing my work.“ „Give me honest, but not unduly critical or judgmental, feedback.“ „Help me keep my environment harmonious and peaceful.“ „Dont burden me with negative emotions.“ „Tell me you like being around me.“ „Tell me when youre proud of me or my accomplishments.“Source: Source: 8
  9. 9. The Romantic (the Four) Romantics have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive. Romantics have the ability to find meaning in life and establish warm connections with people. But often they experience dark moods of emptiness and despair. How to get along with me (the Four): „Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.“ „Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.“ „Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.“ „Though I dont always want to be cheered up when Im feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.“ „Dont tell me Im too sensitive or that Im overreacting!“Source: Source: 9
  10. 10. The Thinker (the Five) Thinkers have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful. Thinkers are always trying to stand back and view life objectively. It‘s hard for them watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence do better professionally. How to get along with me (the Five): „Be independent, not clingy.“ „Speak in a straightforward and brief manner.“ „I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts.“ „Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable.“ „Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity.“ „If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place.“ „Help me to avoid annoyances like big parties, other peoples loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy.“Source: Source: 10
  11. 11. The Questioner (the Six) Questioners are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Questioners are hardworking and compassionate toward others but also direct and assertive. How to get along with me (the Six): „Be direct and clear.“ „Listen to me carefully.“ „Dont judge me for my anxiety.“ „Work things through with me.“ „Reassure me that everything is OK between us.“ „Laugh and make jokes with me.“ „Gently push me toward new experiences.“ „Try not to overreact to my overreacting.“Source: Source: 11
  12. 12. The Adventurer (the Seven) Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world. Adventurers have the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures but often don‘t have enough time to do all the things they want. How to get along with me (the Seven): „Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.“ „Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.“ „Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.“ „Dont try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.“ „Be responsible for yourself. I dislike clingy or needy people.“ „Dont tell me what to do.“Source: Source: 12
  13. 13. The Leader (the Eight) Leaders are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective. Leaders are able to take charge and meet challenges head on but sometimes they are scaring peope away without intend. How to get along with me (the Eight): „Stand up for yourself... and me.“ „Be confident, strong, and direct.“ „Dont gossip about me or betray my trust.“ „Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.“ „Give me space to be alone.“ „Acknowledge the contributions I make, but dont flatter me.“ „I often speak in an assertive way. Dont automatically assume its a personal attack.“ „When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember thats just the way I am.“Source: Source: 13
  14. 14. The Peacemaker (the Nine) Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them. Leaders are nonjudgmental and accepting but are often too sensitive to criticism. How to get along with me (the Nine): „If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially dont like expectations or pressure.“ „I like to listen and to be of service, but dont take advatage of this.“ „Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit.“ „Give me time to finish things and make decisions. Its OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally.“ „Ask me questions to help me get clear.“ „Tell me when you like how I look. Im not averse to flattery.“ „Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings.“ „I like a good discussion but not a confrontation.“ „Let me know you like what Ive done or said.“ „Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life.“Source: Source: 14
  15. 15. SourcesDescription and Test: 9types.comOrigins of the Enneagramm: natcath.orgAspekte und Symbole (german): enneagramm-studio.deausführlicher Test (german): 15
  16. 16. Contact:Jörn Hendrik Ast+49 (0) 40 22 63 307 16