460: The Enneagram Personality Test

10.25.2019 - By The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten

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Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the Enneagram personality test.

Enneagram tests are online tests that can help you to determine which personality type you are and those of your team members. Like any personality test, Enneagram tests are not a science, but it can be a useful tool to help you understand yours and your team members’ tendencies in order to anticipate and prevent conflicts, and create a great working environment.

In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten talk about what an Enneagram test is, why it’s one of Hiten’s favorite tests, how they are different from other personality tests and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic

00:31 Why this topic was chosen.

00:50 Where to take an Enneagram test.

01:21 Steli’s thoughts on personality tests in general.

04:04 What an Enneagram test is.

04:17 Why it’s one of Hiten’s favorite tests.

06:49 How Enneagram tests are different from other tests.

07:00 About Hiten’s Enneagram score.

09:17 How to use Enneagram tests at your company.

3 Key Points:

There’s a lot of online material about it.I think Enneagram tests are more practical.It can help with diversified thinking at your company.

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Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.

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Hiten Shah: and this is Hiten Shah, and today we're going to talk about something that's been popping off in startup land a little bit on Twitter and in other places. It's actually something I've been familiar with for the last I want to say like 15 years or something. It's called any Enneagram, and it's E-N-N-E-A-G-R-A-M. You can look it up online, and there's a great site called CrystalKnows.com where they actually have a lot of details about a lot of personality tests, because that's what Enneagram, is and they let you take it and then they tell you about yourself. And they have a lot ... They are sort of a startup that has kind of this, it tells you about people's personalities and how to interact with them. So it makes sense that they have this, they have a bunch of other tests for other personality tests. But for today we're going to talk about Enneagram because there's been a lot of tweets about it, and even friends of mine at many different types of organizations have started talking about it more, and it's something that I've been familiar with for awhile and has been really valuable to me.

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Steli Efti: Yeah, that's how I actually picked up on it. There was a Twitter thread where I think somebody at Clearbit was writing about them using this internally now, and that they've seen a lot of value, and then there was a very kind of engaged thread going on with all kinds of either very positive things about it or some critical things about it. And as often times when I go down the rabbit hole of an interesting Twitter thread, somewhere in the middle of there is Hiten Shah saying something insightful. So I saw that you had responded to it or retweeted it or something and, and mentioned that this is one of your favorite personality tests, and that kind of led me down the rabbit hole of playing around with it a little bit and reading a bit more up on it. And here's my background and then I don't know this that well, so I want to ask you a bunch of questions about it. But when it comes to personality tests in general, there was a time 15 years ago that I got super into these, and I did a couple of them and I read a bunch of books and I was like super fascinated I think by the topic. And then I did the inevitable mistake of walking around and abusing the knowledge, thinking that I can now just put people into boxes super quickly.

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Hiten Shah: Yeah.

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Steli Efti: Like, you are a this, that and that color. You're a this, that and that number. And then I annoyed others and myself, and then others started knowing me about this stuff. So I was super enthusiastic,

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