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Hardcover Enneagram Personality Portraits, Enhancing Professional Relationships Book

ISBN: 0787908835

ISBN13: 9780787908836

Enneagram Personality Portraits, Enhancing Professional Relationships

Use the power of the Enneagram to improve workplace behavior The concept: The Enneagram is a nine-point figure representing personality types and the interrelationships among them. The Enneagram system describes nine personality types and charts the interactions among the various types. Based on centuries of tradition, use, and recent research, the Enneagram theory has now been developed into a program that provides you with a solid base to help people...


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The Enneagram Without The Usual New Age Nonsense

A good book - clearly set out. I have to disagree with the negative review on this page. The white space, simple layout is a huge bonus for users who do not want to wade through page after page of padding. Authors take note.I think this must be the Aspell behind the brilliant Aspell-Gilpin Profile which led me to search for more on the authors. If so, it seems the Aspells are the real thinkers behind the system. This book gives much less information on the types than the on-line version and I got confused by the fact that the personality types were given different names but it was useful background reading. The on-line version also dispenses with the enneagram 'star' and makes it easier to follow.Fellow Brit Gilpin has written Unstoppable People which is worth a read and is much better than most of the motivational writing that I have read.

A Whole New World of Celebrating Others' Strengths

This book has almost everything you always wanted to know about understanding yourself and others in both the professional arena and in your personal life. There are many books about the Enneagram and many of them have a lot of information to plod through before getting to the heart of the message. The beauty and power of this book lies in the authors' abilities to capture the essence, the bottom line, of the nine personality types in clear and concise, phrases, and charts.It only takes a couple of hours to read this book to get a vivid mental portrait of who you really are. Not only that, you can also get a clear picture of how you can most effectively and efficiently grow and develop yourself. And as for improved relationships with others, a whole new world of celebrating others' differences and strengths can open up.The authors Patrick and Dee Dee Aspell say the Enneagram is a cutting edge system that "describes nine personality types and professional styles of thinking, feeling, acting, and relating." But there's even more than that. This book provides a framework for the appreciating and empowering of personal and professional styles. From this vantage point, it can be a springboard for a person and/or team to grow in many areas of development.This book tells you the next steps you can take so you can eventually have all the strengths of all nine types in your reach.Like me, perhaps in reading this book, you will also have many "a-ha" moments of deep insight and a feeling of new vistas opening up in front of you. The pages of this book seem to exude a real feeling that you can immediately put this information into practice in some area of your life, professional and/or personal.Although there's a chapter for each personality type to be discussed in depth, the summary charts in the appendix are well worth the price of the book. You can almost read these charts and in a few moments figure out what type you and others are. But that's not a good idea. It's strongly suggested that a person complete an Enneagram Inventory and Profile test to determine his or her type. On page 111 of the book is information on how to order this self test.

Enneagram Personality Portraits: Enhancing Professional Rela

THE ENNEAGRAM PERSONALITY PORTRAITS, Enhancing Professional Relationships by Patrick J. Aspell and Dee Dee Aspell, is an easy-to-read and very understandable introduction to the Enneagram personality system. It is unique in its business friendly approach to personal and professional development. The terminology, the application, and the physical appearance of the book and companion workbooks all lend themselves easily to the business environment. The book describes the personality traits along with work, leadership, and thinking styles. This description immediately focuses in on those interested in using this system at work to become more effective. The description then goes on to include beliefs and principles, and motivation which appeals to the total person approach of self improvement. Finally the section on personal and professional development brings the work and personal aspects together in an easily applicable prescription for greater growth and effectiveness.In the relationship section, Aspell and Aspell clearly explain how each type relates and communicates with others, how they engage in conflict management, and how to develop rapport with each personality type. After reading how each type relates and responds to others, one has a much better grasp of how to communicate with others both at work and at home.The Summary Charts of Key Traits and Techniques for Matching Behaviors and Words for each type are quick reference guides in better understanding self and others. They bring very intricate and intellectual information together in a format that is user friendly for the beginning as well as the advanced Enneagram student.The positive and empowering style of writing enables the reader to see gifts as well as challenges of personality in a accepting way, and points to directions of growth and decline as dual sides of life and personality that lead a person either toward a more fulfilling life, or toward a less fulfilling life. They liken the process to a description by Carl Jung termed "shadow and light", and point out how often the characteristics are the same - "they differ only in the degree to which they are exhibited in a particular situation."Claudette Keller Director, Self Empowerment Services

No Nonsense Personality Profiling

This book is a major wake up call. Having been deeply suspicious of personality profiling during most of my professional life, and very critical of most of the leading methods - Patrick and Dee Dee Aspell gave me my first introduction to the Enneagram and it has changed my whole perception of how to get inside other people's worlds. While the book may be short of academic snobbery it (a GREAT PLUS) and short of complex jargon (a GREATER PLUS) for many so called 'experts' in the field - it is superb for people who simply want to understand people. Academic excellence written in an easily accessible style. Perfect. This book started an exploration of the Enneagram for me, which I now use extensively in my professional work, and I always come back to this book for straight forward, practical insights into how people tick.
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