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Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success [Kindle Edition]

Ginger Lapid-Bogda
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Book Description

A proven system for improving your own work and for working better in a team

Used by such organizations as the Walt Disney Company, Silicon Graphics, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the CIA, the Enneagram is a proven psychological system based on nine number types that helps people achieve self-awareness and develop strategic approaches to interpersonal interactions. In Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work, Enneagram teacher and business consultant Ginger Lapid-Bodga shows professionals how to apply this popular tool to their work as a way to improve their productivity and help them build positive relationships among coworkers. This practical guide explains how to use the Enneagram to:

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Prevent and resolve conflict
  • Bring out their strongest leadership skills
  • Discover methods for professional development
  • Work better in teams

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Acclaim for Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work

"This is the first Enneagram book that I have endorsed. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-understanding--the gist of emotional healing and a major factor in personal evolution. Here is a good book undertaking to bring the Enneagram to the business world at a time when it has become apparent that the business world controls the world and that our fate depends on the psychospiritual condition of those in it."
--Claudio Naranjo, M.D., Enneagram pioneer and author of Character and Neurosis: An Integrative View

"This solid, well-written book can be used by those new to the Enneagram and those who already know the system and want ways to apply it in the business world."
--Don Riso and Russ Hudson, founders of the Enneagram Institute and authors of the bestselling The Wisdom of the Enneagram

"User-friendly. . . . Ginger Lapid-Bogda's explanation and interpretation of the Enneagram way of learning more about one's self is unsurpassed."
--W. Warner Burke, Ph.D., author of Organization Change: Theory and Practice

"A must-have for your 'go-to' bookshelf."
--Beverly Kaye, Ph.D., co-author of the internationally bestselling Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay

The Enneagram is a popular, proven psychological system for determining personality types as a path for self-improvement. Now, Enneagram teacher and organizational consultant Ginger Lapid-Bogda gives clear, easy-to-follow instruction for using this powerful tool in the workplace, including techniques for bringing out your strongest leadership skills, improving your weaker areas, and preventing and resolving conflict. You'll work better, increase the effectiveness of your teams, and build relationships with your coworkers.

About the Author

Ginger Lapid-Bodga, Ph.D. (Santa Monica, CA), is the president-elect of the International Enneagram Association for 2004. As a business consultant, she frequently speaks to companies such as CBS, Disney, GE, P&G, McDonald's, and Time Warner as well as at professional conferences. She is also an internationally recognized Enneagram teacher.

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  • Print Length: 288 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 20, 2004)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book. I am an executive coach and I find this very useful for helping my Enneagram-aware clients apply the model directly and quickly to work situations -- to help debug relationships, communications, conflilct, etc.

I especially like Lapid-Bogda's distinctions and examples around "Pinch" and "Crunch" for each of the types.

I don't know of any other books except Michael Goldberg's "The Nine Ways of Working" that fill this business-application niche quite so well.

Highly recommended for those who need a practical, hands-on way of using the Ennegram in day to day work interactions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book we've been waiting for. July 20, 2004
Fantastic book! No technical jargon, no psycho-babble, just a lot of wise, witty, and perceptive insights. This will probably become the definitive work in the field, but it's written in a light, breezy style that makes it a fun read at the beach for the general reader.

Read this book twice: The first time, to understand what pushes your own buttons; the second time, to understand what pushes the buttons of the people around you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read August 20, 2004
Objective, yet comprehensive. Practical, yet very solid in its concepts.

Lapid-Bogda has a solid background both in Organizational Development (OD) and the Enneagram, an outstanding tool for self-understanding/developing and relating better with others (the author is today the President of the International Enneagram Association). The result is a creative and useful bridge between these two areas, with stories, checklists and insights that will help practitioners on both sides. OD consultants with enrich their approaches with the use of the Enneagram; and Enneagram practitioners will find added-value to the current literature, through innovative chapters, which are divided per organizational problems, rather than per personality types.

In a brief: this book brings invaluable information for everyone who wants to achieve superior results for oneself and for others, creating a high functioning and conscious team at work.

Being an organizational consultant from Brazil, I can also add that the book's guidelines are universal.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personality Traits in the Business Environment August 31, 2004
This is a book on using the Enneagram system specifically oriented to todays business environment. The Enneagram is not unlike other personality oriented systems. First an individual is asked to examine nine different personality types and to identify himself with one. Then the Enneagram, a diagram of the interaction of the various types can be used to predict behavior.

The book, however, reverses the normal trend in personality testing books where the book is organized around the personality type. Instead the book describes several common business situations and then describes how the various personality types react to the situation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work August 30, 2004
Ginger Lapid-Bogda has written an excellent guide to utilizing the Enneagram in the workplace. This book has significant value for organizational development consultants, human resources professionals and managers to better understand themselves and the people with whom they work. But it can be utilized by anyone wanting to know themselves better and to maximize performance in the workplace. With a forward by Helen Palmer and endorsements from David Daniels, Michael Goldberg, Claudio Naranjo and others, Lapid-Bogda has organized her book into chapters that address critical issues in the workplace, including communication, giving constructive feedback, managing conflict, creating high-performing teams, and leveraging leadership (these are titles of some of the chapters). The author doesn't back away from the complexities of this system, but her opening chapter is an excellent introduction to the Enneagram. Throughout the book the language is clear, with practical examples of applications in each of these categories for the nine types in the Enneagram personality system. In my role as a consultant, I am finding this new book invaluable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Finally a groundbreaking book on the 9 ways of working that can be handed to your HR director! Enneagram Personality System books started being published in the 1980's; not until now has there been one that systematically applies this system to organizations. As an organization development consultant, I have always found the enneagram to be essential to my executive coaching and development. Now, in a practical and most excellent way, Lapid-Bogda applies the system to all key areas of organization life-- including employee feedback, conflict in teams, leadership and team development, etc. You can take the applications and use them immediately on the change initiatives you already have underway in your orgaization-- such as your 360 degree feedback sessions.

Not only does Lapid-Bogda make it easy for you to apply this system, but once familiar with her book and work, the reader can order tailor made tools that go with each organization topic that will further assist your ease of application.

If you are "stuck" in your own personal career development or trying to lead others in theirs-- and looking for a breakthrough-- then buy this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Book by an Authentic Expert July 30, 2004
By Joel
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My experience as an organizational and personal development professional working with groups and individuals has convinced me that the primary source of failures in leadership, management, and teamwork is the pervasive lack of self understanding, hence understanding of others, exhibited by leaders, managers, and staff in our organizations. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first book presenting a truly useful system to enhance and build such critical understanding--the Enneagram in a business context.
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More About the Author

Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D., has over 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits and is a global leader in the field of using the Enneagram in organizations. She has written three highly-respected Enneagram-business books that have been translated into more than ten languages; provides Enneagram training for thousands of professionals around the world; offers state-of-the-art Enneagram-business training materials in multiple languages; has certified more than 500 trainers and consultants worldwide in train-the-trainer programs based on her books "Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work" and "What Type of Leader Are You?"; and offers coaching certification programs based on her newest book, "Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach." If you are especially interested in self-development, "The Enneagram Development Guide" offers 50+ development activities for each Enneagram type, organized by type and specific development areas.

She is an award-winning speaker and author, and her website,, provides comprehensive Enneagram-business information, a store to purchase interactive training tools, as well as an e-learning portal, the Enneagram Learning Portal. For insight and humor, you will enjoy Ginger's blog,

If you have an Android or iPhone mobile device, you'll want to download Ginger's Enneagram App, "Know Your Type," for only $2.99. This interactive, accurate, and enjoyable App allows you to type yourself and then learn about how to reduce stress, prevent conflict, interact with individuals of the different types, engage in self-development, learn more theory, and test your knowledge in real-world situations.


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