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Awareness to Action

The Enneagram, Emotional Intelligence, and Change

Are you a helper or an achiever? A challenger or a peacemaker? Awareness to Action explores the nine distinct, yet interconnected personality types of Enneagram theory, which uses a nine-pointed figure to illustrate the relationship between an individual’s dominant personality and the other types that comprise the structure. Mario Sikora and Robert Tallon explain the characteristics of each personality and show how a person can capitalize on their strengths and weaknesses, charting a specific course for personal growth. They discuss practical topics such as relationship building, conflict resolution, and personal development, information that will not only be of interest to individuals seeking a greater understanding of self, but to managers and human resource professionals as well.

215 pages | 6 x 9

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"This book represents years of application of the Enneagram in actual work settings. It is real, not theoretical. Its strenth lies in teh authors’ understanding of how people behave in the office, rather than in a classroom or in workshops. Tallon and Sikora show how individuals are capable of growth in effectiveness at work, in life, and within their own personality."

Ed Zakrzewski, director, Leadership, Learning and Performance, Broadband Communications Sector, MOTOROLA

"Awareness to Action helps people identify and correct the fatal flaws that can derail so many careers. It takes you step by step through a process that helps you work from your strengths, stay on track, and reach your potential."

Michele Abel, AVP, Human Resources, CIGNA

"Tallon and Sikora hit the mark with this book. Performance improvement in sales management, or any area involves more than knowing yourself; it involves acknowledging your strenghts and weaknesses, taking responsibility for your behavior, and taking results-oriented action. This book shows exactly how to do that. A must read for every manager and every employee."

Don Johnson, Regional Vice President, achieveglobal

"By combining emotional intelligence with the nine personality types of the Enneagram the authors have created an accurate and useful map to high performance and success. I can’t think of anyone who would not benefit from this book."

Mary Kate Harkins, Manager, Human Resources, GlaxoSmithKline

"Awareness to Action provides simple and practical pointers for individuals, as well as important team building insights that will enable organizations to create more productive and balanced teams."

Tom Forst Corporate Vice President, Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc.

"Bulls-eye accurate in its assessment of what holds people back from reaching their full potential and extremely helpful in its recommendations. This book can save your career. Perfect for self-coaching or for people involved in coaching others. I highly recommend it."

Steve Metzman, CEO, Quaker City Chemicals

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Chapter 1.  The Enneagram:  An Overview
Chapter 2.  The Enneagram Change Cycle–The Path to Performance Improvement
Chapter 3.  Identifying Your Personality Type
Chapter 4.  Type One–Striving to be Perfect
Chapter 5.  Type Two–Striving to be Connected
Chapter 6.  Type Three–Striving to be Outstanding
Chapter 7.  Type Four–Striving to be Unique
Chapter 8.  Type Five–Striving to be Detached
Chapter 9.  Type Six–Striving to be Secure
Chapter 10.  Type Seven–Striving to be Excited
Chapter 11.  Type Eight–Striving to be Powerful
Chapter 12.  Type Nine–Striving to be Peaceful
Appendix A.  The Enneagram Emotional Competencies Exemplars
Appendix B.  General Recommendations for Growth
Appendix C.  Creating An Action Plan

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