Enneagram Archives - jennwhitmer.com

Sep 9, 2022

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 […]

Aug 15, 2022

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 […]

Aug 3, 2022

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 […]

Jul 22, 2022

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 […]

Jun 17, 2022

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 […]

May 12, 2022

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 […]

Mar 22, 2022

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 […]

Feb 14, 2022

The purple curling ribbon slipped from the package as I eagerly opened a present from my high-school boyfriend (who happened to become my husband).  I smiled and lightly brushed the cellophane pages of the leather album, full of prints of Michael and me and our friends. My 18-year-old self laughed at the memories and hugged […]

Jan 19, 2022

I was in tap class for about 32 seconds when I was seven years old. But I adored it. The sounds, the movement, the power. Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Gregory Hines, Dulé Hill, Christian Borle, my own kids—It’s probably my favorite style of dance. We had a demonstration class at my kids’ studio last month. Miss […]

Jan 15, 2022

Do you remember getting a draft back from a teacher and it was covered in red and had REVISE in big letters? In a former leadership role, I wrote and edited thousands of words for an application to the US Department of Education. Multiple essays on specific topics with precise word counts to showcase our […]

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