What If Your Office Only Have Type 1s and Type 9s?

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What If Your Office Only Have Type 1s and Type 9s?

As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end’, we have come to the end of this series!

So far, we have covered ‘what-if’ scenarios of when your office only had Type 3s and Type 8s, Type 2s and Type 9s, Type 5s and 6s and Type 4s and 7s 

To round this series off, let’s explore how the office space would look like if it only had Type 1s and 9s in it.

What Works For Them

Office politicking and drama is a big ‘no-no’ for these two Types. 1s hate it because it is not ‘not the right thing’ to be politicking in that manner and 9s detest it because it causes too many conflict points that they have spent all their lives trying to avoid.

This then helps both Types to create a positive and peaceful office environment that is not only productive but offers predictability in the work processes in the office.

The even-tempered 9s gives the 1s a sense of calm that helps the 1s be more patient with themselves, especially when they make mistakes. The 1s’ ability to see things in black and white results in very clearly demarcated procedures, which then gives the 9s the confidence to do their jobs without worrying about conflicts arising.

What Doesn’t Work For Them

When mistakes become too frequent or when 9s are deemed too relaxed and seems to be normalising the perceived important things, 1s may become too harsh and judgmental. The 9s’ gut instinct would be to withdraw and not engage the 1s at all. This will further frustrate the 1s as they may perceive this behaviour as ‘stubborn’ and continue to micromanage the 9s.

The 9s, in order not to escalate the conflict, would then just say yes to everything the 1s want them to do but as the 9s do so, they will suppress their frustrations in the process. This may then cause the 9s to become passive aggressive and this may leak out in the way they speak to the hypersensitive 1s who may then take offence to the harsh, negative tone the 9s are speaking in.

Eventually, the 1s who do not feel respected would continue to scold the withdrawn 9s and the suppressed frustrations that the 9s feel would eventually erupt and causes a cataclysmic showdown between both Types and ending in an abrupt end of any productive work in the office.

We hope that this series has not only given you the insights as to how different Enneagram Types can work together in an office but what can happen when they do not want to see beyond their worldviews. As we always say, any of the Enneagram Types can work together as long as they are able to communicate to each other what their preferred working styles are and how they would like to be respected in the work environment. So, let’s continue to do that for others and ourselves today.


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Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong is a sought after bilingual (English and Mandarin) Enneagram Personality Coach and Corporate Trainer in Asia, who can help you make sense of your professional and personal relationships. She is a member of International Coach Federation (ICF) and Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). Besides a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (majoring in Communications), she also has a Diploma in Business and has done in-depth research and studies in the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Gender Communications, both in Singapore and Taiwan. Through her expertise in corporate executive coaching, personal development, and relationship coaching, she has helped many professionals in their walk through challenging times, particularly in the areas of identity searching, relationship building and career breakthrough. Aside from being a published author of 2 books, she has also been invited by several radio stations and magazines as an expert guest speaker to provide insights into Enneagram, workplace conflicts and relationships.
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