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The 9 Ways of Working: How to Use the Enneagram to Discover Your Natural Strengths and Work More Effectively [Paperback]

Michael J. Goldberg
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1 April 1999
The Enneagram -- a system based on nine personality types -- is a uniquely powerful approach to understanding why people behave the way they do. The 9 Ways of Working teaches how to recognize the personality types of everyone you work with -- colleagues, clients, consultants, and the boss -- and use that information to understand how those people manage, make decisions, resolve or create conflicts, and more.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569246882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569246887
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael J. Goldberg teaches businesses all over the world how to use the Enneagram. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Having studied the esoteric Enneagram as well as the growing literature on its practical uses, I have seen no better book on how to "work in" the Enneagram to one's daily life. Goldberg's writing is clear and succinct; his theoretical foundation solid; and the richness and imagination of his examples and situations are quite rewarding. A fun book, an approachable book, a great teaching tool, I highly recommend it.
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Michael Goldberg's Nine Ways of Working is a clear,practical and concise presentation of the Enneagram as it applies to Work and Business. I found Goldberg's portraits of the types and his skillful and knowledgeable application of the Enneagram within the Work dynamic extremely helpful.It gave me insight into how I can enhance and better understand the work experience as it applies to myself.I easily drew upon the material to sharpen my decision making skills and how to improve my work relationships. This revised new edition of his previous hardcover release "Getting Your Boss's Number is a tighter and clearer presentation of the material than the former.It also improves on an already established good read.
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This is an excellent resource for people with interpersonal problems at work. I have found Goldberg's book very helpful when I've been stuck with uncertainty about how to handle an issue with an employee or a colleague in the mental health field. I've recommended this book to some of my therapy clients who report back that they find it useful in their work settings also.
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I love "The 9 Ways of Working". I refer to it before I go into a meeting and when I return. The content enables me to understand the different personalities I am dealing with and how best to use the information to secure a signed contract. If you use the book to recognize the different types you will learn their decision-making pattern, where someone goes in their stress, and that some people feel pressured and need time to reflect before making a decision. It helps you know when to hold and when to fold. I found that being a seven can be exciting but I have to pull in the strings and not have so many kites flying at the same time. Now I try to do things in stages and though I am not a detail person I must keep a timeline to move things along to completion. Bravo!!! Great book Michael Goldberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro to the Enneagram 18 April 2002
By F. J. Cote - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was my intro to the Enneagram and it is excellent.
It has very good descriptions of the 9 types and how to find out where you fit.
Its real distinguishing feature is a breakdown on how each group relates to the others in practical everyday situations. Like what to do if you work for a 7 or what if you are a 7.
I wasn't sure which type I was ( I'm a nine) and I read all the rest first. I kept trying to fit myself into a 7 or a 5 but, when I read the 9 chapter it sounded like he reached into my heart and pulled out the things no one else knows about me. I can still feel it today.
Then they go on with more, practical info and advise about what to do with your new found knowlege.
I've since read "Wisdom of the Enneagram" and "Personality Types." They are also very good but I wouldn't recommend them as your first Enneagram book.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oriented toward business world; excellent elsewhere, too 31 Dec 2003
By richardpinneau.com - Published on Amazon.com
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If you already have Goldberg's excellent "Getting Your Boss's Number" you probably don't need this volume. This volume however makes Goldberg's perceptive analysis and effective writing available in paperback (earlier title is out of print).
Goldberg's work is not quite as casual in style as Renee Baron's delightful works ("Enneagram Made Easy" and "Am I Your Type"), but it will appeal much more to the no-nonsense business world. His examples of people at different points on the Enneagram are drawn from his business experience and effectively highlight the types of challenges and opportunities that work presents differently to individuals, depending on their Enneagram dynamics.
I cannot imagine anyone not being fascinated and empowered by looking at themselves, their coworkers, and their family through Goldberg's careful presentation. He is respectful of all and does not approach Enneagram as a "pigeon-holing" or "typing" process. Rather it's an appreciation of strengths and challenges. From a background in psychology, I especially appreciate his discussion of the underlying dynamics and likely sources of how family experience helps us slide into certain Enneagram-number ways of operating.
So much more readable and better-organized that most of the "classics" in Enneagram. If you enjoy processing and sharing insights about how humans function, you may also want to explore Baron's titles. The latter are excellent for a casual chat around the family room - then those who like to really APPLY the principles to their work and life will want to move into Goldberg.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the practical Enneagram 28 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having studied the esoteric Enneagram as well as the growing literature on its practical uses, I have seen no better book on how to "work in" the Enneagram to one's daily life. Goldberg's writing is clear and succinct; his theoretical foundation solid; and the richness and imagination of his examples and situations are quite rewarding. A fun book, an approachable book, a great teaching tool, I highly recommend it.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Enneagram books in print. 6 Sep 2001
By QTeacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Certainly this is one of the most practical, real-world approaches ever taken to the Enneagram. It's short on 'spiritual' hooey [which is strictly okay with me] and long on realistic application of the Enneagram to your professional and personal daily life. But that does not mean it is in any way shallow -- it is as specific, insightful and dead-on acurate as any book on the market. His descriptions of the types is thourough, well-organized and articulate. [BE AWARE, however, that it is largely a re-hash - if a superior re-hash -- of his earlier "Boss's Number."] If you are less interested in the new-agey, spiritual aspects of the Enneagram, and looking for a clear articulation of how the principles work in your dialy life, this might be the best of the bunch.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY enneagram book I use with business clients! 15 Dec 2000
By Mary R. Bast - Published on Amazon.com
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Goldberg's book is written in language that business people can quickly understand, and full of examples they can relate to. It's a superb presentation of the nine leadership styles--accessible and practical. I've used it very effectively in team sessions and in individual coaching ... My business clients especially gravitate to the "Cardinal Rules" at the end of each chapter (how to work with each type and how to work on yourself if it's your type).
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