One such vibrant personality is the Enneagram Type 7, also known as “The Enthusiast.” Enneagram Type 7 individuals bring infectious energy, creativity, and an appetite for exploration to the workplace. Collaborating effectively with them can lead to greater innovation and a positive work atmosphere. In this blog post, we’ll explore some valuable tips on how to collaborate successfully and also recognize potential challenges when working with an Enneagram Type 7.
Embrace Their Enthusiasm
Enneagram Type 7s are natural optimists with a zest for life. Embrace their enthusiasm and creative ideas. Encourage brainstorming sessions and let them explore various possibilities. Their ability to see opportunities in challenges can be a valuable asset in problem-solving and decision-making processes.
Provide Variety and Flexibility
Type 7 individuals thrive in environments that offer variety and flexibility. Allow them to work on diverse projects or roles that ignite their curiosity and passion. Flexibility in schedules and task assignments can help them maintain their engagement and productivity.
Set Realistic Boundaries
While their enthusiasm is infectious, it’s essential to set realistic boundaries to ensure focus and completion of tasks. Help them prioritize responsibilities and set achievable goals, ensuring they don’t become overwhelmed by too many ideas or projects at once.
Type 7s enjoy connecting with others and appreciate teamwork. Foster collaboration among team members and provide platforms for open discussions and idea-sharing. This inclusive environment can fuel their creativity and lead to innovative solutions.
Offer Positive Feedback
Acknowledging and appreciating their efforts is crucial for Type 7s. Offer positive feedback and recognition for their contributions. A supportive and encouraging atmosphere motivates them to continue contributing their best to the team.
Address Their Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)
The fear of missing out is a common trait for Enneagram Type 7s, which may lead to frequent distractions or changes in focus. Help them stay on track by providing clear project objectives and timelines. Encourage open communication about their concerns to alleviate any anxieties.
Manage Boredom Constructively
Type 7s may struggle with extended periods of routine work. Introduce new challenges or growth opportunities to keep them engaged. This could involve attending workshops, and conferences, or allowing them to take on new responsibilities to satiate their craving for novelty.
Remember, every personality type brings unique qualities to the table, and understanding and appreciating these differences fosters a harmonious and successful work environment. While working with “The Enthusiast” can be exciting, it also comes with certain challenges. Understanding these challenges can help facilitate smoother interactions and collaborations. Here are some potential challenges to consider:
As a result of their FOMO, Enneagram 7’s are often distracted and have difficulty maintaining focus on a single task. They may constantly seek new experiences, leading to a challenge in staying committed to long-term projects.
The spontaneous nature of Type 7s might lead them to make hasty decisions without thoroughly considering potential consequences. This can impact the quality and stability of work outcomes.
While their optimism is an asset, it can also lead to unrealistic expectations and toxic positivity. They may set overly ambitious goals without a clear plan for execution, which can lead to disappointment and frustration.
Avoidance of Negative Emotions
Type 7s tend to avoid negative emotions and discomfort. This can make it difficult for them to handle conflicts, criticism, or challenges that arise in a work environment.
Type 7s may exhibit impatience when projects or tasks don’t progress as quickly as they’d like. This impatience can impact their collaboration with colleagues who have different working styles.
Despite these challenges, it’s important to remember that Enneagram Type 7s bring tremendous energy, creativity, and a fresh perspective to the workplace. By fostering open communication, setting clear expectations, and providing a supportive environment, these challenges can be effectively managed, allowing their strengths to shine and contributing to a productive team.
Every business benefits from every Enneagram type. The key is understanding the strengths (and pet peeves) of the individuals on your team so that you can maximize the power of the group as a whole. The goal (for all of us) is to become more aware of our personality style, how we impact the people around us, and how to empathize with alternative perspectives to our own. If you are curious about what Enneagram type you and the members of your team are, contact us to find out more about our Flipp Team Optimization Workshop. We use professional Enneagram assessments with a certified Enneagram coach to get you and your team to understand each other in a new way. Stay tuned for more in this blog series as we learn about the remaining Enneagram types and how to collaborate with each.