Jane Tight uses the enneagram as a tool for professional and personal transformation

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on February 27, 2012

Jane Tight, teacher of the enneagram

In Jane Tight’s view, people can use the enneagram to “unpack themselves, look at what’s there, and learn.”

“It’s not just about finding out your type,” she says. “It’s about getting curious about yourself and using the enneagram as a tool for personal transformation.”

According to Wikipedia, “The Enneagram of Personality (or simply the Enneagram, from the Greek words ennea [nine] and grammos [something written or drawn]) is a model of human personality which is principally used as a typology of nine interconnected personality types…In business contexts, it is generally used as a typology to gain insights into workplace dynamics; in spirituality, it is more commonly presented as a path to higher states of being, essence and enlightenment.”

For the last 15 years, Jane has been an executive and life coach, certified Radical Collaboration trainer and enneagram teacher, working primarily in corporate settings. “I am interested in people and what motivates people,” she said. “In executive coaching, I’d used other personality tools like Myers Briggs, but became fascinated with the enneagram because I think it is able to capture the complexity of human psyche more effectively. It’s a way for business leaders to grow and increase their emotional intelligence.”

She’ll be looking at the spiritual aspects of the enneagram during a presentation at Trinity Church on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 6:45 to 8:00 pm, a program that is open to the public. (Note: a dinner is served from 6:15 to 6:45, which is free of charge as is the program; reservations are helpful to the organizers. The church office number is 650-326-2083.)

“When used as a spiritual tool, it’s about personal transformation,” she says. “It lets people view their patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. To learn what their gifts are and what gets them into trouble. The spiritual aspect can help you to know yourself more deeply from an authentic place.

“There are nine types, and there’s a core motivation for each. We all have types within us. As soon as you know your type, you can start work on expanding beyond it.”

Note: Jane’s enneagram presentation is the first of five Wednesday night programs Trinity is hosting. The lineup includes Creating Prayer Beads on March 7, Walking the Labyrinth on March 14, Praying the Way of Ignatius on March 21 and Embodying Sacred Presence with Somatic Practices on March 28. The public is welcome to attend all the programs, which are free of charge.

Photo by Irene Searles

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Jane tight February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thank you linda for the wonderful article.


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