What is the enneagram?

What is the enneagram?

The Enneagram is an ancient framework or map for personal transformation and insight. It literally means the “model of nine” in Greek. In recent years it has become one of the most popular ways for leadership coaches, psychologists, spiritual directors, teachers and even script writers from Hollywood to make sense of the human psyche.

It represents nine worldviews or motivations through which we see, interpret and respond to the world. The styles decode the ego-patterns we express. All nine styles are equal as there is no “best” or ultimate style given that the same quality or motivation holds both helping and hindering aspects as it is expressed in the world.

If you want to explore the Enneagram further, you can do so individually, in relationships or as a team at work. There are some great books out there but to unlock the full potential of this map of transformation, get in touch with us. Finding your Enneagram style is the start of a lifelong journey of self-awareness and development. As Russ Hudson, an Enneagram teacher and author says: “We’re not about eliminating the ego or transcending it, but really transforming it through being present with it.”

The Enneagram and Trauma Course

A new offering by Ingrid Hurwitz: The Enneagram and Trauma

A eighteen hour (6×3 hours) online immersive workshop series – taking place on Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 Sept and 4, 11 October from 18.00-21.00 SAST/ 9.00-12.00 PDT/ 11.00-13.00 CDT/ 10.00-12.00 MDT/ 12.00-15.00 EDT.

Why would you do this course?

The Enneagram and Trauma reveals Type-specific pathways to healing, presence, and recovering the instinctual wisdom of our mind, heart, and gut centres.

Encountering powerful Enneagram teachings, as well as the latest scientific trauma research insights into individual and collective trauma, you will discover the trauma patterns that lead to the instinctual distortions behind Type, as well as understand, and be able to work with, the unconscious defences that keep us dissociated and disconnected from our own life force, creativity, and human potential.

You will walk away with powerful keys to change in the form of new Enneagram knowledge and understanding, new personal perspectives and insights, and new skills to take into your relationships and roles, whether as a leader, coach, therapist, facilitator or teacher.

For all course details and to sign up, please follow the link:


GSAEC Bonfire Virtual Summit

Julia and Ntyatyambo are speaking at the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) Bonfire Virtual Summit entitled Imagine Change: Spark the Potential of Coaching Education
Panel II:
From Social Listening to Inner Freedom: Leading with ME
Julia Kukard, Research & Knowledge Director, Aephoria Partners
Ntyatyambo Ntloko, Associate Coach, Aephoria Partners
Natalie Cunningham, Lecturer, University of Manchester

Date: July 22-23, 2021

natalie cunningham
Julia Kukard
Ntyatambo Ntloko
This presentation explores inner freedom using the work of Steve Biko who developed a methodology for building inner freedom that focussed on identifying discarded, denied, and defiled identities, infusing these with pride, and reintegrating them within to support enhanced agility, agency, and competency in the world. This methodology is very useful for supporting clients to operate from a stronger base and work effectively with shame. The event is presented as a dialogue between a white coach and a black coach investigating what inner freedom may look like for different races, and the processes involved in liberating oneself from the gaze and expectations of others. A particular focus will be how to have cross-cultural conversations about race in a straightforward way.

Reaching across the Enneagram into race, relationships and reflexivity.

Lucille, Julia, and Simon are delighted to be presenting at  IEA Global Conference 202, July 16-18. Our title is Reaching across the Enneagram into race, relationships, and reflexivity. We are speaking from 12-13:30 EDT or 6 – 7:30 SA time on zoom.
This highly interactive session offers a straightforward, down-to-earth, gritty South African discussion about race and the Enneagram. Now, more than ever, the world needs to have these conversations to promote social justice. As Enneagram practitioners, we do not have the right or the luxury to bypass the current contextual reality around issues of race, equity, and inclusion.

The session explores our own relationship with race as practitioners, allowing us to also look at how these dynamics may play out for others. When we are able to work with their own racial identities and socialisation, we are then able to support others to process their reality and context and can avoid perpetuating racial wounding.

The session presents data collected through the AIM questionnaire, which combines Enneagram type measurement with a sentence completion methodology measuring vertical development. This offers a unique view of how maturity, Enneagram style, and orientation to race intersect. We will also share verbatims and short case studies from conversations about racial issues with different Enneagram styles. This session is for people who care about societal change, honest conversation, inclusion, and racial awareness in their Enneagram practice and personal development journeys.

Here is the link to the conference
Hope to see you there
Lucille, Julia, and Simon

Leadership Maturity and Vertical Development Fundamentals

Lucille Greeff and Simon Kettleborough host a Leadership Maturity and Vertical Development Fundamentals webinar for senior leaders.

Leadership maturity is the game changer when it comes to leading in the complex, brittle and uncertain context of today. Find out more about how to support your own vertical development. Interested in learning more? Want to become an accredited practitioner? Want to know where you are at in your own maturation journey?

Visit: www.aephoria.co.za.

The Enneagram : On Death with Julia Kukard

Death refers to the end of things, not just our human bodies but ways of life, ways of making sense of the world, businesses, management theories, roles, sectors, freedoms we have become accustomed to, and youth (to name a few of the big ones). Most of us have interesting relationships with endings and death, often derived from our own experiences with life. We all experience death anxiety to some extent, and this influences how we work with managing endings and deaths in our own lives, the lives of people we love, and the organisations in which we work. Covid has brought a number of endings and death to organisations in many ways. This will be an experiential and partially theoretical session inviting you to understand your own relationship to death so that you may live life more fully and be useful in this time of great endings.

Monday 5th July 2021 @19:00 –21:00

Julia is a leadership, management, and inclusion professional with 29 years of facilitation and consulting experience. Her area of expertise is leadership maturity/vertical development, in particular, how to support the development and maturation of leaders. Julia is a co-developer with AephoriansLucille Greeff and Simon Kettleboroughof the AIM personality assessment and the InclusionIndex.More recently Julia has been training as an Existential Psychotherapist and is completing her doctorate on the application of Steve Biko’s work to leadership. Her learning around existential philosophy has led her to explore what is known as the existential givens of life including death.

NEW! Level 3 Teams Accreditation

This accreditation equips a practitioner to facilitate a one-on-one coaching session to surface experience and areas of development with regards to teams/group dynamics.

The package includes:

  • Pre-work in the form of e-learning missions in MyQuest online learning environment
  • Attendance at a 3-day online training course 
  • An assignment: facilitate a teams session with your case study team and write up your reflections 
  • Weekly supervision with the Aephoria community of accredited practitioners
  • A close out coaching session with the facilitator to either prepare or debrief the team workshop

This accreditation is open to both Level 1 & 2 AIM accredited practitioners. 

Getting started:

Identify a small team of 3-5 people you would like to work with. At this point, we do not recommend doing your case study work with a larger team. You may also want to choose a team that is not in crisis for your first application. Choose a team that is experiencing some challenges who want to work on it, or a healthy team that wants to become even more high-performing. Virtual teams and virtual facilitation of team coaching sessions are welcome, you do not need to be in a position where you can work with the teams in person.

Level 3 Enneagram Circle

What you can promise the team:

Included in training fees:
·        Each person in the team will get a full AIM assessment (Enneagram + IMf).
·        The team will get a full AIM for Teams report.

Not included in training fees, you would need to invest/sell to the client:
·        Your time to provided one-on-one feedback on the individual AIM report to each member of the team
·        Your preparation and facilitation time with the team
·        Close-out and follow-up conversations with the team leader post-workshop

Team coaching sessions and workshops vary depending on the team and the issues. Some process designs typically involve:
·        2-day workshop, with a 2-3 hour follow up session 6-8 weeks later
·        Multiple 2-hour sessions covering different coaching topics/issues
·        4 x ½ day sessions

At a minimum, the team needs to commit to a 4-hour workshop (or 2×2-hours) to debrief the AIM results for the system. Preferably the team is able to commit to more than just the minimum requirement.

Level 3 Bar Chart

What you need to provide us prior to starting accreditation:

  • Name of the company, name of the team, name of the team leader, names and email addresses of all team members.

You do not have to do the individual debriefs prior to the Level 3 workshop accreditation.

Level 3

Upcoming Level 3 accreditation dates

11-13 August  2021(US Time Zone*)
8-10 September 2021 (US Time Zone*)

*Johannesburg 4-12 PM (UTC +2)
EST/EDT 10:00 AM – 6.00 PM
CST/CDT 9:00 AM – 5.00PM
MST/MDT 8:00 AM – 4.00PM
PST/PDT 7:00 AM – 3.00PM

Lead facilitator: Lucille Greeff
Cost: R9,100 (+VAT) / $675*
*as of 1 June 2021 all PayPal transactions include 5% PayPal service fee 
*Excludes once-off per user fee for Learning Management System of $50 / R700 + VAT

Online Environment

Supporting clients to work in an online environment

We have all noticed the benefits of working in an online environment; convenience, cost, and global reach. However, we are noticing a lot of anxiety and some levels of team decay in clients who only use Zoom for internal communication. This anxiety relates to a perceived loss of a relationship, community, and alignment.

There is also some concern about how people manage the “influx” of private lives into the zoom relationship. For example, how do we interact when a coaching client has a child on their lap or when we or others have to answer the front door during an intense strategy session. And,  how to coach someone who is sharing a workspace with their partner or children who are doing their homework or playing Minecraft.

There are no easy answers. Perhaps we can support ourselves and our clients to work in an online environment, not try to get them to replicate an offline environment more perfectly.

Some answers may lie in how we prioritize relationships in our online conversations and how we balance flexibility and boundaries in relationships.

We have noticed how Zoom relationships often prioritize the connection between the leader and individual staff members rather than between staff members. The zoom context seems to exacerbate the “leader talking the most” and “all relationships through the leader tendency” in groups. This in turn undermines social capital and ultimately alignment within the group. Using breakout groups and creating one on one chat opportunities can help with this.

With regards to boundaries, we need to understand where boundaries are possible and where flexibility is necessary and critical. Perhaps it is ok to coach someone who has a toddler on their lap or who is breastfeeding their baby. Perhaps doing so can even help us to understand the lives of our clients better. Either way, we have to adapt and get used to our future.


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