June 26, 2017 Kayleigh M. Hunter, CPA candidate June 26,2017 after taking “Personality Models – an Introduction to the Enneagram – Nine Ways of Living and Working”
The Enneagram assessment is based on what your heart feels, how your mind works and what your body experiences to understand what you need to be mentally healthy. I learned my tendencies under stress and in growth periods. It explains my communication style, what causes me stress and how I can further my personal (and professional) development. Also, it describes what hinders my personal development and how others can help support my personal development.
All of these things are especially important in a professional setting because you have to understand yourself to be able to adapt to other’s styles. What enriches my growth may be a hindrance to another, and as a professional, it is imperative to recognize and adapt to environmental factors in a way that everyone can thrive.
I feel like personal development is a must alongside professional development. In periods of professional growth your mindset is altered, and you must nurture your personality simultaneously for an ideally positive effect. Sometimes you are so conditioned in the way that you see things, that your reality is skewed. The Enneagram will open your mind to new perspectives.
Sandra Ford Walston teaches differently. She has a way of engaging the audience that isn’t typical for lectures although other presenters try but rarely succeed. Maybe they don’t succeed because they ask for right or wrong answers, and Sandra asks questions to receive more in depth answers. I’ve noticed in the two classes I’ve taken of Sandra’s that in the beginning, the crowd seems a little hesitant to respond to her inquiry, but once they see how Sandra reacts with others, how you’re truly trying to gain insight and reflect on the topic in a way that attendees will understand—then the others open up. I have also found that, by doing this, I understand other perspectives better, with real life examples. So, I always enjoy Sandra’s classes, and always leave with new ideas, new direction and feeling refreshed, almost empowered. I was definitely empowered after the courage class. Sandra gives tools and resources for further self-exploration long after the class has ended.
January 27, 2017
To Whom It May Concern:
At our Design firm, we had the pleasure of Sandra Ford Walston hosting “Personality Models – an Introduction to the Enneagram – Nine Ways of Living and Working” at our annual, all firm Training/Personal Development day. And what an experience it was! To attempt to introduce the Enneagram in a half day format was quite a feat; one that needed a clear and succinct format. Sandra’s timeline was organized, consistent, and fraught with intentional detail.
Sandra’s class format was incredibly balanced, loaded with groundbreaking content and tremendous insight based upon her vast knowledge of the many nuances of the Enneagram. The class dynamic was truly extraordinary! She utilized active participation, critical feedback, and a high level of contagious energy to keep the rhythm of the program flowing and personalized to the needs of the group. Some feedback from the attendees included:
- “I have NEVER experienced anything like this before. To take the time to ask such critical questions of myself and my intentions… truly a dynamic experience!”
- “Sandra was extremely engaging and fun to listen to. She made all of the caricatures so relatable and easy to identify!”
- “What a fabulous program! The content was so eye-opening, and truthfully, life changing. I don’t think I will ever view people/communication the same!”
- “Sandra was so helpful and determined to coach us through each number of the Enneagram. And she was REALLY funny, what a spitfire!! I needed THAT kind of feedback!”
Truly, this program has radically altered the trajectory of our firm for many, many years to come! Thanks Sandra for all your stellar communication, support, and energy poured into this program… truly a memorable experience!