Sometimes your most coherent moments are in the middle of the night. Last night I had a request from my African colleague to outline the new book. Here is what I wrote….

1. Here be Dragons – This refers to the ancient maps of European explorers who would print Here be Dragons when a place was unexplored to indicate the unknown and possible danger. This chapter talks about the uncharted territory between people n conversation and makes an argument for the geographic metaphor.
2. Where in the World – This chapter talks about the roots of the Enneagram and how it has been used in the past to explore personality typing. I am suggesting it as a tool for exploring the space between us with is a sociological approach.
3. A Travelers Guide – Here I explore the Territories and Regions of the Enneagram Map, describing the language and culture you can expect to see, hear and experience as you .
4. EPS – Enneagram Positioning System – This chapter shows readers how to find a position on the map by cross referencing direction and orientation. You can map the space using clues from the conversation to position you and the other person. It suggests how you might then read the map so that you can identify common ground.
5. PULSE – Prepare for the journey, Uncover the destination, Learn the lay of the land, Search the possible routes and Explain the plan for reaching the destination. This chapter is about how to use PULSE to move people from one position or region to another. It is about becoming a travel guide, planning the route and gently guiding people along the way with the skills and processes.
6. SHIFT – This chapter adds a third dimension to the Enneagram circle creating a cone shape. The third dimension is wellbeing on five measures, SHIFT stands for Sharp Mind, Happy Heart, Independent Spirit, Fit Body and Trusting Soul. The greater the sense of wellbeing the closer to the top of the cone and to the other regions you become. The less well you are feeling the closer you are to the bottom, distancing yourself from the other regions.
7. The MAP is not the TERRITORY – This chapter draws the readers attention to the differences between being in a place and looking at the place on a map. The one informs the other but they are not the same. It is a caution to use the map wisely and to be able to read the signs, the road signs and the milestones along the way to understand what the map is telling you.

It hasn’t all been site seeing and sun bathing … well mostly…. but I have been working. With the help of my new book coach, Trish, progress is being made.

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