“ I reviewed all the resumes you sent me. Thank you for including their Enneagram Type. Tell me more about Sandra. She seems to be a Type 9. We can surely benefit having a Peacemaker in the team.” The CEO confirmed.
“ Of course! I certainly agree. She’s a calm and level headed individual. Rather quiet. She strikes you as shy until she warms up. But I assure you, shyness is not something that would hold her back. She can tackle a problem integrally, from all angles, and come up with a solution in her wholesome manner. She’s definitely a great candidate for managing the team. She can bring the team together, as long as she doesn’t fall into her unhealthy levels and become a doormat.She’s not impulsive or forceful. She can make quick decisions. As long as there’s someone in the team that would put her solutions into action.” The HR replied.
“ What do you mean by that?” She asked.
“ Well, knowing what needs to be done is one thing and getting it done a totally different capacity. Under stress, or in lower levels of development Type 9s may restore to UN-DOING. Their tendency to keep things the way they are, can become a serious problem. They may get so stuck in not wanting to change anything that they would lose all sense of initiation. That’s when you notice “ Don’t Rock the Boat” becomes their slogan“. She added, “ I have to say, Sara doesn’t seem to have the drive, the passion or the energy to initiate or engage others. She would rather operate under the radar. She would probably be the last to leave the office and I am sure she will be detail oriented. I would like to think, she would do as much as possible herself just because she would not want to engage others or impose on others. That might become a problem in the long run. It can cause a burnout pretty quickly. Besides, as a team leader I think it’s important to have someone who knows when to say “No”, when to engage others, when to initiate and when to welcome change, ” The HR added. “ We should certainly keep our weekly meetings with her if she gets on board.”
“ I see. As long as she is open to learning about her Enneagram Type and her patterns. As long as she’s curious, I would be willing to giver a chance.” Said the CEO.
The wake up call
Sandra was offered the job and her performance was off the chart. When given a task, she would dedicate herself to it and get it done at any cost. Until the cost became too high to handle.
Her desire for peace of mind, leading her to avid any conflict or confrontation, pushed her into taking up too much responsibility. Soon, she was under so much stress that she feared she was becoming disconnected and cut off from everything. The extra effort she constantly put into maintaining her self image- the relaxed and stable, easygoing manager- was exhausting. Slowly but surely she lost willingness to engage with the team. She was not lazy but rather detached and unaffected by life and her surroundings.
The wake up call hit her when she got home one day noticing that she hadn’t opened her mail for a month and hadn’t spent anytime attending to herself, yet, she had accepted petsitting for a friend who wanted to go on a date. She realized something had to change.
Transformation is always possible. It starts with a wake up call that would lead to self observation. A Type 9 can drown her/himself in “ going along” to a point of forgetting who he/she is. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Self remembering is the journey of transformation for a Nine. Asking oneself:
How can I take my place in the world?
How can I make a difference?
What if I am more powerful than I realize!
Type Nine of the Enneagram, the Peacemaker, reminds us of how connected and united we are. At a healthy level, these individuals are genuinely nice people. They have a healing and calming influence. They bring harmony to their surroundings and they can certainly be great mediators. At their best, they are fully connected to Self and others. They are simple and unpretentious.
In average levels, it’s hard for them to say “ no”. They become pleasing and fall into conventional roles. They “tune out” from reality and shove the problem under the rug. They are emotionally indolent and unwilling to exert themselves. They become unresponsive since they do not want to be affected.
The question is, how can I develop myself to have access to the Nine in me? How can I develop the healthy qualities of this type in my life and take advantage of the genuine peace that is available to us all? What would be possible if I am more present, more connected and more united?
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