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20 years ago, it was a pretty small group of people who knew what the Enneagram was, and I got a lot of furrowed brows when I mentioned it. “The Ennea-what? Is that some kind of new-agey thing? Is that kind of like Myers Briggs? What’s all this numbers stuff?”
I’m betting many of you have heard of the Enneagram by now. It’s taken off the last 5 years, and for once in my life, I’m not behind on the trend! My friend Emily jokes that I am in a primary relationship with it, and she’s not wrong.
It’s not religious, and it’s certainly not a religion. It’s not backed by a lot of hard data, and it doesn’t fix people. You can take a deep dive with it, or you can learn a little bit and draft off it for a long time.
As Richard Rohr says, “You don’t work on the Enneagram. It works on you.” It’s worked on me by helping me understand my own personality enough to release my grip on it. After years of being with and teaching it, I understand that I am not my work, witticisms, wisdom, roles, history, or accomplishments. Beneath all of that is my essential self, and three pulsing centers of intelligence—body/instinctual center, heart/feeling center, and my head/thinking center. When I’m able to honor those parts of myself in relationship and in decision-making, I’m operating from a place of self-knowledge that I didn’t imagine was possible a decade or two ago. How’s that for a testimonial?!
This fall, Emily  and I are teaching a virtual class for 5 consecutive Tuesday mornings, 9-11 PST, starting September 20. This is one of the best $75/week investments I can think of, and you get a discount if you come with a friend, partner, or co-worker. Even better, have your organization sponsor you as a professional development opportunity. Leadership development is the same thing as personal development, and I find most of my clients haven’t been great at prioritizing that. Take this chance. You can sign up here or reach out to me if you have questions.
P.S. A word about virtual learning—it’s here to stay! I LOVE being in the same room with folks, and I do a lot of that in my organizational work. But hosting this class virtually means 1) You get two great facilitators instead of one 2) You don’t have to add an extra hour of commuting time to be there 3) We can keep the cost down because we’re not renting space 4) It actually allows us to do some creative things we can’t do in-person. Emily and I have made a serious study out of virtual spaces in the last two years, and we are good at creating engaging, safe online groups. If you you’ve never done something like this before, we are great people to take the chance with.

What’s inspiring me lately:
  • Clients taking risks. I was in a group facilitation recently when one of the leaders in the room checked out an assumption with another person in front of the group— “When you __________, here’s what went through my head, and that concerns me. I want to hear what’s going on for you and if I’m looking at this the wrong way.” BAM!! What could have been a months-long roadblock became a 5-minute conversation and built a lot of trust along the way.
  • Getting help. My assistant Robin continues to make my life hundreds of times better. My coach Jillian was there for me this month in a profound way. My amazing partner Yancey put my new ebike together for me while I was at work. My pastor Davi (who has offered to be my pastor even though I have left church!) bought me a beer and held space while I cried. I am not alone. We are not alone.
  • Ross Gay’s Book of Delights. Still!!! I hear he is writing another one. I’ll be buying a case.

Offerings coming in the Fall 

  • The Wild Within, third Sundays September-December, 10:00-11:15 PST.
    FREE, you can register here. Emily, Natasha, and I come together again to facilitate a drop-in space for you to do just what I’ve described—be at home in your own body, listen to yourself and others, and cultivate the inner knowing that gets us through hard times.
Free discovery session.
Curious about working with me? Let's talk about it! Book a free discovery session HERE. This short, 30 minute session will help both of us decide if what you're looking for is a good fit for what I offer.

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