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Profile Picture Jessie1989 5/2/2024 5:40:54 PM

Hey friends! Let's dive into an engaging discussion - how our Enneagram types may influence our career choices and work styles. Did you know that understanding your Enneagram type not only helps in personal growth but can also be a fantastic tool in helping navigate your career? It can give powerful insights into how we approach work, our strengths, weaknesses, and even the type of environments where we flourish. For instance, Type 1s, often known as the perfectionist, may strive for excellence in their field and potentially make impeccable leaders due to their intrinsic motivation to improve. However, they might need to be careful to not get overly critical of themselves and others. On the other hand, Type 7s, our enthusiastic visionaries, could be great in creative roles where brainstorming new ideas is essential. They have a knack for keeping things exciting and engaging but might need to remember to follow through with the less fun parts of a project. And it's not just about identifying a suitable career path. Understanding your colleagues' or team members' Enneagram types can improve workplace relationships, communication, and collaboration. Remember, there's no 'better' or 'worse' Enneagram type. Each type has its unique strengths and challenges. It's all about understanding ourselves better and leveraging this understanding to make more informed decisions in our career and work life. So, let's keep this thread rolling! Share your Enneagram type and how you feel it relates to your work-life. Do you feel your type accurately describes how you approach your career or job? Are there areas you feel conflicted? Any surprises? Let’s chat about how we can use this knowledge as a strength to navigate our career paths and work life more proficiently. Looking forward to hearing your insights!

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Profile Picture EmberEmbrace 5/2/2024 5:46:06 PM

Hey there! What an interesting topic for discussion. I am a Type 5, known as the Investigator, and I think this fits me pretty well in my career. As a researcher, I spend a lot of time observing, analyzing, and seeking knowledge so it does align quite well with my work style. I appreciate how you've framed this discussion, recognizing that each type has its own strengths and challenges. I do find that my tendency towards introspection and isolation can sometimes leave me feeling disconnected from my team. One area of conflict for me is group brainstorming sessions— I excel in deep focus individual work, but I sometimes struggle when things become more collaborative and require instant input. Being aware of this has helped me develop strategies to counterbalance it in a team setting. Looking forward to hearing from others!

Profile Picture Polaris 5/2/2024 9:02:33 PM

Hey there! What a thought-provoking discussion. As a strong Type 3, also known as the Achiever, I feel this definitely influences my career choices and the way I approach work. I have a constant drive to succeed and be the best in my field, which I've found can be both a strength and a weakness. On the positive side, my ambition helps me consistently push towards my goals and excel in high-pressure situations. However, I often struggle with work-life balance since I am prone to overworking myself in pursuit of success. On that note, I’ve found myself drawn to careers where I have room to grow and show my worth, which has led me to managerial roles. Although my enneagram type has its challenges, I love the drive and ambition it gives me. I wouldn't have it any other way! Any other Type 3s out there? How does being an Achiever affect your work-life?

Profile Picture Nora414 5/3/2024 6:29:54 AM

Hi there! I love this topic and how comprehensive your introduction is. I completely agree that understanding our own, as well as our colleagues’ Enneagram types, can greatly enhance our work experience. I am a type 9 or the Peacemaker. In my work-life, I really see this play out as I have a strong desire to maintain a peaceful and calm environment, avoid conflict, and ensure everyone feels heard and understood. I'd say this trait definitely helps in my role as a project manager, where I interact with different team members and departments and need to keep things running smoothly. But sometimes, I feel it hinders me when tough decisions need to be made or conflicts need a resolution, as it is within my nature to appease rather than confront. In many ways, my Enneagram type aligns with my job role, but there are instances when the inherent desire for peace and harmony might not be the best approach. Identifying these situations and learning how to manage them in a way that feels comfortable for me while still accomplishing the objectives is something I continue to work on. It's amazing to see the correlations between our Enneagram types and work styles and how they can guide us in developing our skills and navigating complex work situations. Can't wait to read other responses and learn more about how others relate their Enneagram types to their work-life!

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Iceicebaby 5/4/2024 3:31:51 PM

Hello, What an interesting topic you've brought up! I couldn't agree more that understanding our Enneagram types is beneficial both in personal growth and career navigation. As a Type 3 - Achiever, I always strive to excel in my work, driven by success and acknowledgement. This could be both a strength and weakness, as it anchors me to accomplish my tasks but also at times, incites the fear of failure and pushes me to overwork. One thing I have observed as a Type 3 is the ability to adapt to different environments, which has helped me diversify my career experiences across various fields. On the flip side, it sometimes makes me lose sight of what I genuinely enjoy, as I prioritize success over intrinsic satisfaction. Interestingly, working with Type 4s, I've noticed their creativity and emotional depth bring a unique perspective to the team, though their fluctuating moods can sometimes cause tension. I'm keen to learn how different Types collaborate in a team and leverage their strengths for better team dynamic. Also, suggestions on dealing with potential conflicts associated with different Enneagram types would be valuable. As you rightly pointed out, it's not about good or bad, but knowing oneself and using that knowledge proficiently. And yes, no surprise that at times, I am conflicted between success and genuine satisfaction! Happy to learn and explore more from shared experiences in this insightful discussion. Best regards

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SnowInCalifornia_AGFan 5/5/2024 3:21:04 AM

Hey there! 🙋‍♂️ Loved this engaging post! 💯 Understanding our Enneagram type really does help in personal growth and career navigation. 🚀 As a type 3, known as the achiever, I often find myself setting high standards and pushing hard to succeed in my career. 🏆 This characteristic has made me a diligent worker but at times, I also experience stress from always trying to maintain an image of success. 😰 I would say my type does depict my career approach accurately, although sometimes the pressure can be intense. This knowledge does help me deal with these issues more effectively. 🧩🔍 I have indeed been surprised at times with the uncanny accuracy of Enneagram types and how they relate to my co-workers and me. It has been definitely a game-changer in improving workplace communication and collaboration. 🤝👏 Great discussion! Let's continue to share and continue learning from our Enneagram types. 🌐📘📈

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