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The Enneagram Series: Collaboration with Type 3

Date20 Jun, 2023
Type Team Optimization
Author Emily LePan

Next in our series, we are looking at effective ways to collaborate with Enneagram 3s at work.

Enneagram Type 3, also known as “The Achiever” is characterized by a strong drive to succeed, a focus on achievement, and a need to be recognized for their accomplishments. In the workplace, Type 3s can be highly motivated and results-driven, but they may also struggle with workaholism and a tendency to prioritize their own goals over the needs of the team.

Here are some tips for working effectively with a Type 3:

Set clear goals and expectations

Type 3s are highly goal-oriented and respond well to clear targets and benchmarks. When working with a Type 3, be sure to set clear goals and expectations, and provide regular feedback on progress towards those goals.

Recognize and appreciate their accomplishments

Type 3s thrive on recognition and praise, and may feel undervalued or underappreciated if their accomplishments are not recognized. Take the time to recognize and appreciate their accomplishments, and provide regular opportunities for feedback and praise.

Encourage collaboration and teamwork

Type 3s can sometimes become overly focused on their own goals and accomplishments, at the expense of the team or organization. Encourage Type 3s to collaborate with others and work towards shared goals, and emphasize the importance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving success.

Help them manage workaholism

Type 3s can sometimes become so focused on achievement that they neglect their own health and well-being. Encourage Type 3s to prioritize self-care and take breaks when needed, and help them set boundaries around their work to avoid burnout.

Provide opportunities for growth and development

Type 3s are highly motivated by opportunities for growth and development, and may become bored or disengaged if they feel stuck in their current role. Provide opportunities for learning and professional development, and encourage Type 3s to set ambitious but achievable goals for themselves.

Communicate honestly and directly

Type 3s value honesty and directness in communication, and may become frustrated or disengaged if they feel like their efforts are not being recognized or appreciated. When communicating with a Type 3, be direct and honest, but also empathetic and understanding.

By understanding and appreciating the strengths and challenges of a Type 3, you can build stronger relationships and work more effectively together. With clear goals and expectations, opportunities for recognition and growth, and a focus on collaboration and teamwork, you can harness the strengths of a Type 3 and create a more productive and satisfying work environment for everyone involved.

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.