Clicking the keys furiously, I was determined to finish a project before the session ended. Headphones in, glasses on, multiple beverages next to me: I was in deep focus work. I avoid getting into focus work. My personality structure doesn’t like the discomfort of focus. WHAT IF I’M MISSING SOMETHING MORE FUN? And yet focus […]
Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]
The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]
Those who can laugh at themselves will never cease to be amused. One of my values is joy. I use the Enneagram every day to help my clients and audiences solve conflict, cultivate communication, and create empowered teams. It’s deep and meaningful work. Although the work I do is deep and serious, I don’t have […]
It’s a lot right now. We’re holding a lot. Arguably, at any point in time, you’re holding a lot. But this season feels like a high tide of change and uncertainty, barely getting your head above water before the next wave crashes. And do all the waves feel angry? Or at the least barbed and […]
This message landed in my IG inbox, and I thought the whole class might like to hear the answer. Before I answer the nature versus nurture question, a short story: I remember sitting on the concrete stoop of my little white house with green shutters waiting for my dad. My mom was an OB nurse […]
Sitting in the theatre seats, I jerked upright when they called my son’s name. The directors awarded my senior the John Philip Sousa award. I honestly thought, there are better players in the band. (Don’t at me. My kid’s good. And other kids are objectively better.) As the teacher described the award, I realized it […]
Laying on the hood of my dad’s ‘82 Oldsmobile, staring at the stars, I used to dream of how to explore the sky. What could I do to get to space? (I was also obsessed with Space Camp, thank you, Lea Thompson). I’ve been creating options of exploring and excitement for a long time. It’s […]
Feeling a little crispy right now? A little overwhelmed and fraying around the edges? A significant symptom of overwhelm is lack of focus and distraction. Getting from one task to the next without succumbing to shiny distractions or bailing because the task isn’t fun (I’m looking at you #taxes) seems to require more than the […]
Standing in the front, what do you experience? Sweaty palms? Shallow breath? Excited butterflies? Undergrads in a intro to comms class, mid-level managers in a status meeting, to experienced speakers on the stage… We all have to stand in front at some point. Our self-awareness through the Enneagram is the superpower. We can lean into […]
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