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THE ENNEAGRAM ADVANTAGE: Putting the Nine Personality Types to Work in the Office by Helen Palmer, Paul B. Brown ($24.00, hardcover, 256 pages, Random House; ISBN: 0517704323)

Adapting a centuries old psychological system of personality profiling, THE ENNEAGRAM ADVANTAGE gives invaluable insight into your own business persona as well as those of your colleagues, bosses, clients, and corporate cultures. Helen Palmer, bestselling author of The Enneagram, has written the ultimate guide to using this remarkable system at the office and in business relationships.

The Enneagram is a powerful tool that is reshaping the face of business in the 1990s. With straightforward techniques that are easy to understand and simple to apply, The Enneagram Advantage helps you break free of rigid perceptions about yourself, your business environment, and the way you think and act in the office. Palmer writes, "Each type is defined by an emotional habit, a characteristic pattern of thought, and a style of relating to others, which together produce a distinct point of view." Once you have discovered where you reside in the Enneagram system, you can use it to observe the different ways you use your energy to "focus effectively on becoming more productive, proactive, and responsible in the workplace."

You have to discover who you are before you can maximize the Enneagram system. Palmer teaches you how to identify yourself as one of the nine personalities the Perfectionist, the Giver, the Performer, the Romantic, the Observer, the Loyal Skeptic, the Epicure, the Boss, or the Mediator. She then pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of the types and how they interact with others, how they think and perform in their jobs, what motivates them, and how they communicate. Using specific business scenarios, she explains how understanding a colleague’s point of view will enable you to work more harmoniously and productively in one-on-one interactions as well as in larger meetings, strengthening your confidence in yourself and your peers.

Whether you are making crucial business decisions, troubleshooting and problem solving, building creative teams, or adapting your business to competitive markets, The Enneagram Advantage provides a powerful and proven method for self-discovery and gives you the tools you need to improve and enhance all of your professional associations and activities.

HELEN PALMER is the author of the bestselling The Enneagram (Harper San Francisco), The Enneagram in Love and Work (Harper San Francisco) AUDIO CASSETTE EDITION (Sounds True), and The Pocket Enneagram. She codirects the Center for Enneagram Studies and Teaching in Berkeley, California, and regularly conducts workshops and lectures around the world.

PAUL B BROWN. a former writer and editor for Business Week, Financial World, Forbes, and Inc., has written eight books, including the bestselling Grow Rich Slowly, and is also the coauthor (with Carl Sewell) of Customers for Life (Pocket Books) AUDIO CASSETTE EDITION (Bantam Doubleday Dell), which discusses the art of developing the long-term customer relationships that are the lifeblood of every successful enterprise and has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives with his son and daughter in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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