I Was An Enneagram Teacher–Here’s Why I Left

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“[This] is the most difficult dilemma for thoughtful, serious human beings: ‘What will you do with what you know?’”1

The Enneagram is one of the most popular personality systems being used today. The word comes from the Greek word, ennea, meaning “nine” and gram meaning “figure or shape.” The shape of the Enneagram has nine points, representing the nine personality types of humanity.

The idea is that everyone has a core...

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Ten Insights from Gallup's 2024 Global Workplace Study

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The Gallup Organization released its annual State of the Global Workplace report. With research from over 160 countries and areas, the report provides interesting findings into the minds and experiences of today’s employees. There are takeaways for employee engagement, voice of the employee, employee experience, and organizational strategy. Here are ten insights that stood out to me.

1. Twenty percent of the world’s employees experience daily loneliness....

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Stop Trying to Make Your Employees Happy

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Many employers are trying to crack the employee engagement code. They’re trying to keep their employees motivated so they produce good work, have positive interactions with their coworkers, and want to stay at their workplace. Turnover is disruptive and costly, but with access to so many different workplaces today, keeping good employees can be challenging.

What is an employer to do? According to big data, there’s one mistake employers should...

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Why Big Projects Have a Backstory

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I’m about to embark on one of the biggest—and most thrilling—projects of my professional life: creating a Strengths-based culture at my new workplace, Carter Myers Automotive (CMA). But before I go on, I must recognize the people and experiences that have led me here.

We are never standing on our own. We are a product of who and what came before because they’ve had a part in forming who we’ve become and what we can do. This is...

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Six Critical Questions For Your Job

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As some of you know, I started a new job about two months ago as the Director of People and Associate Experience at Carter Myers Automotive. We have 23 locations and 1,200 employees. I lead the People Team, which is made up of the Human Resources and Payroll groups. I’ve never worked in automotive before, so I’m learning a lot about this essential industry.

I made the change from full-time self-employment for several reasons: I missed being part of...

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How Pediatric Cancer Affected Our Family

Note: In support of pediatric cancer awareness month, here's my perspective on how pediatric cancer affected our family.

I never expected pediatric cancer to hit our family, but when it did, it came with force and fury. Last summer, my family of five was vacationing with my younger brother’s family of four. One day, my nine year-old nephew, Jackson, complained of swelling in his neck and a painful spot on his arm. He went to the emergency room, and after a blood test, was transported to...

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Why Life Calling Doesn’t Happen by Accident

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Did you ever have a moment that made you come alive? When you felt like you could do this forever? When you started to dream about a life ordered around that gilded inspiration? We call that moment a spark of calling.

Three Remarkable People

Kypros Nicolaides was a medical student who didn’t care for medicine; he was in school to appease his father. Then a new professor brought an ultrasound machine to class. Kypros saw the image of an...

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How One Unlikely Doctor Found His Life Calling

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Many callings in life can be traced to a singular moment that changed everything. This happened for Dr. Kypros Nicolaides, a medical pioneer and world-renowned expert in fetal medicine. Due to his cutting-edge techniques and procedures, many babies have been born who otherwise wouldn’t be.

But you wouldn’t have seen this coming from his early days in college. Born in Cyprus in 1953, Kyrpos was sent to London by his father to...

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5 Obstacles Keeping You Grounded

Freedom almost didn’t happen. In 1780, William Wilberforce began his political career at the young age of 21. Four years later, he became an evangelical Christian and thought he should leave politics and enter professional ministry. He pondered this decision, fearing he would not be serving God if he stayed where he was.

For him, it was a pivotal moment. And a pivotal moment for freedom.

Writes poet Erin Hanson:

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you...
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Five Traits and Strengths in the Life Calling of William Wilberforce

Today we know William Wilberforce as the great British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in British territories. But did you know that it almost didn’t happen?

It’s easy to look back on a well-lived life that has made a mark in a certain well-known way and think it must have been completely obvious to him or her which way to go. But at the time, it's not that simple.

Discovering life calling takes many things, among them a process, discernment,...

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