Hi, I'm Sarah!
I founded Enneagram MBA with the intention of bringing self and others awareness to the workplace to cultivate happy, healthy, and productive relationships at work and beyond.
Work with Sarah
Writer Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
With over one-third of our lives spent at work, it's safe to say those relationships can make a huge impact on our quality of life.
Enneagram MBA is here to support teams as they grow and navigate those co-worker dynamics.
ENNEAGRAM at WORK
"The way she combines, biz, personal development and the Enneagram is magic!"
The Enneagram at Work podcast is a top source for relatable, non-boring, and useful insights for applying the Enneagram at work.
Join other modern leaders and engaged co-workers in fascinating conversations about personality, behavior, and professional development.
What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram (pronounced "ANY-uh-gram") is a model for identifying nine distinct patterns of habitual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The points represent a specific personality strategy and the lines represent the interrelationship of those strategies.
More than identifying only strengths or surface-level behaviors, it gives surprisingly accurate and useful insights into the stories we're telling ourselves, the root motives behind behaviors, and charts a specific path for each type for growth and performance improvement.
Whether you're wanting a guide for your own self-awareness journey or a tangible tool to better understand the people around you, you'll find what you need inside the Enneagram.
Bring the Enneagram to Your Team
Do you know your number?
An Overview of the Nine Enneagram Types
the idealist improver
Striving to feel perfect; doesn't want to be irresponsible, wrong, or careless
the supportive advisor
Striving to feel connected to others and appreciated; doesn't want to be physically or emotionally isolated
the inspiring achiever
Striving to feel outstanding and successful; doesn't want to be mediocre or average
the authentic visionary
Striving to feel unique; doesn't want to be plain, typical, or mundane
the self-reliant observer
Striving to feel detached, capable and competent; doesn't want to be reckless, emotional, or reliant on others
the skeptical troubleshooter
Striving to feel secure; doesn't want to let their guard down and be unprepared
the enthusiastic multitasker
Striving to feel excited and free; doesn't want to be bored, boring, trapped in emotional pain or without options
the protective challenger
Striving to feel powerful and strong; doesn't want to be vulnerable, weak or taken advantage of
the inclusive peacemaker
Striving to feel at peace; doesn't want to bring attention to themselves or their needs
"You have spent years studying other people - presidents, authors, athletes, artists. It's time to start studying yourself."
Our Approach to the Enneagram
We take the work seriously, but not ourselves.
Taking an honest look at yourself can be uncomfortable and at times, cringy. What you go through to see and accept all parts of you and your impact on others, is hard work. That's why it's important to us that what you take away from this deep work is useful, actionable -- with some fun along the way.
The Enneagram can be a complex model, but when you work with us as your guide, expect to learn it in an approachable way with fun examples from The Office to the Avengers, with a touch of humor, and relevant analogies. What we do together will never be to shame you, attempt to "fix" you, or make you wrong (or anyone else), but to see all of you and understand how to use your strategies to support you vs. thwart in you in your success at work.
Bring in Enneagram MBA to teach your team
Our 1-2-3 Enneagram Model
We use and are certified in the Awareness to Action Enneagram teaching methodology. There is A LOT of information out there, but the ATA method ensures our clients are focused on the most useful parts of the Enneagram while bringing meaningful awareness and tangible change in their growth.
1 - Enneagram Type
What lens are you looking at the world through? The first step in the process is to identify and understand your top Enneagram type, it's strengths, and potential blind spots. This is where we'll also start to bring awareness to others’ types.
2 - Resource Points
How can you use the Enneagram to grow? Next, you'll learn about your type's connecting strategies to identify a specific growth path and bring awareness to potential areas that might trip you up. As a manager, this is also a great place to better understand your people and provide more personalized and effective development strategies.
3 - Instinctual Bias
There are 3 different "flavors" of each type that determine how it will be expressed. Long story short, it's how an individual prioritizes needs. In this step, you'll identify that flavor a.k.a. your top needs/values (Zone of Enthusiasm, the one that can cause inner conflict (Zone of Conflict), and the ones you don't really pay attention to (Zone of Indifference). Digging deeper into the type structure will give you more insight and practical strategies for yourself and your relationships.
Learn more about the ATA Enneagram methodology here.
A featured guest on:
Sarah Wallace is CEO of Enneagram MBA, lead trainer, a Certified Enneagram Coach, speaker, and host of the Enneagram at Work podcast.
Her career started as a Manager of Public Affairs for a global corporate construction material company and later as a National Media Sales Consultant for a small business publishing company in the health club industry. This wide range of workplace relationship experience and team dynamics allows her to understand and successfully work with various types and sizes of groups, while both collaborating with executives in the boardroom and supporting employees in the field.
With over 15 years in these relationship building roles working with customers, vendor partners, community stakeholders, and government agencies, now organizations like Reddit, MARS Petcare, and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital work with Sarah to help them use the Enneagram to develop confident, empathetic, and emotionally intelligent leaders with powerful, productive, and happy teams.
Not all work - A few fun facts:
- German Shepherd and cat mom + boy mom to a future Rubik cube record holder
- Identifies most with Enneagram 7
- 2x marathon runner (Marine Corps in DC and Chicago)
- Owner of too many books
- Indiana State Park Pass holder with a list of National Parks to hike
- Spent the first half of college in DC at George Washington University with plans to be a political journalist
- Transferred to Indiana University to become a teacher (which ended up manifesting itself into workshop facilitator!)
Meet the Team
Natalia Hernandez, Type 7, Sunny Miami
Certified Enneagram and relationship coach and host of the Enneagram in Love podcast, Natalia leads our couples program, The Compatible Couple, a 4-week experience intended to help you reach your relationship goals, regardless of how incompatible you may feel. Learn about working with Natalia here.
Liesl Behm, Type 6, Outside of Seattle
If you've ever thought "Wow, Sarah is way more organized than I was expecting..." it's because of Liesl. She is an Enneagram enthusiast who has multiple balls in the air when it comes to helping our clients have a smooth workshop experience. You'll find her analyzing test results for our team map exercises, assisting with our post-workshop reports, and collecting feedback to ensure we keep getting better.
Keeper of the Numbers
Bridgett Rowland, Type 9, Abroad in Puerto Rico
If you've received an invoice, (or a friendly reminder about it...), you've crossed paths with our calm, cool, and collect bookkeeper and mom of two, Bridgett. Her forte is helping businesses improve cash flow and bring peace of mind to bookkeeping. Two out of five business owners say bookkeeping & taxes are the worst part of their business - but not us. Learn more about how Bridgett might be able to help your business too.