Welcome to Personality Portfolios: enhancing the understanding of self and others through the Enneagram of Personality so as to improve personal and professional interactions.
In advertising a portfolio often involves a set of drawings, paintings or photographs presented together in a folder. A person's portfolio allows them to demonstrate their work and creative potential to others.
In finance a portfolio represents the investments that are owned by a person or organization. Diversity in each case is essential. A personality portfolio is a folder of sorts which contains the core values and beliefs which influence where a person invests his or her thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Personality Portfolios uses a personality typology called the enneagram to map out nine basic such folders.
The enneagram has been used by 72 companies (including Avon, Best Buy, Daimler/ Mitsubishi, Parker Hannifin and Toyota) from more than 20 countries spanning 5 continents.
It suggests that there are nine folders you can open at any given time, but that you habitually choose one over the other eight to expresses your work and creative potential to others. Its use has likely opened up many doors to you. Yet at the same time an over investment in the thoughts, emotions and behaviors contained within this folder has likely shut many as well.
Diversification therefore means integrating the other eight portfolios into your own. As you do this you will develop in effect a third ear that will enable you to truly tune into what those around you are saying, their wants, needs and desires. When we open the nine portfolios of the enneagram we discover unique ways we can tailor our speech so that a particular personality style actually hears what we are trying to communicate to them and vice versa.
Obviously you want to reach as many persons as you can by communicating as effectively as you can. Some you will reach easily with the gifts, strengths and competencies within your own portfolio, your own style of speaking and being in the world. Yet others will miss out for the reason that you were simply not speaking their language. You missed or miss heard what they were saying. They will frustrate you or be frustrated by you, and both of you will lose out.
Utilizing a tool called the enneagram I can help you understand (on a level deeper than either the MBTI or DiSC) what makes up your "personality portfolio" and their's. You will learn the trappings and pitfalls associated with over investment in one "portfolio" and strategies for diversification as you function in organizational life. In addition to understanding the various personalities you encounter in your personal or professional life you will learn your own internal motivations and "hot buttons". You will discover a new way of listening to the way others speak so as not to take the things they say or do personally. And, you will begin to tailor your speech in a way that they can truly hear what it is you are trying to say. Contact me to learn more.