My name is Maria Jose Munita
Where were you born?
I was born in Santiago, the capital of Chile.
Where do you live?
I live in Santiago de Chile, with my husband and two daughters, Trinidad (8) and Josefina (2).
What do you do?
I work as an executive coach and Enneagram trainer.
What is your role of the IEA Board?
I am the current president of the board of directors.
Tell us a little about what you do on the Board
This is a tough question! It was easier to respond when I wasn’t president…
I make sure that the different task groups are moving forward aligned with our purpose, that we have the resources needed to do our job, that the team is motivated and working in a productive way, and that all aspects are being considered. This last thing is very relevant, considering the complexity of our organization; different countries, membership levels and needs of the members, various offers and contact points.
I truly enjoy the work I do on the board, mainly because working with such a committed team is very inspiring.
Why are you involved with the IEA Board?
Because I like to work for the things that I care about.
I started at a local level, being part of the group that created an IEA affiliate in Chile. It was when I participated in the first General Assembly of Affiliates in Las Vegas (2009) that I was exposed to the global board and had a chance to become part of it, when I was elected by the other affiliate representatives.
I have stayed on the board because it is something that inspires me at many levels; there is a very committed team who works with passion and professionalism, the work we do can make a difference in the Enneagram community, the IEA members at large appreciate our efforts, and most important of all, I enjoy it!
What was your first experience of the Enneagram?
I attended a workshop with my parents when I was a teenager, but, to be honest, it didn’t get my attention until much later, when I attended a workshop with my husband. It changed they way we saw ourselves and each other. It was so powerful that I decided to use it professionally, in my coaching practice and as an Enneagram teacher.
Tell us a little about who you have trained with
I started my training with a local teacher in Chile, who taught the Riso-Hudson approach. Then took the Riso-Hudson professional training in the US, a certification program with Ginger Lapid-Bogda and many trainings of the Awareness to Action approach with Mario Sikora.
What is your most useful/interesting/amusing/compelling use of the Enneagram?
The most amusing use I do of the enneagram is with myself. I deeply enjoy catching myself in the act and realizing what are my biases when I look at the world and interact with it.
Apart from that, I would choose the work I do with teams using the Instinctual biases. I think it’s one of the most powerful things the enneagram provides, as it is something that is simple but gives a lot of insight into the team interactions and conflicts, leadership styles, talent management, etc. Teams enjoy this topic as well, and usually keep talking about it between themselves, making it part of their daily vocabulary.
What do the words “Engagement”, “Education” and “Excellence” mean to you?
I can still remember the day when the board worked on the things that are important for the IEA and everything we mapped could be classified into one of these three words. For me, they have meaning in different dimensions; as a board member, they guide the work we do, aligning each activity with our purpose, and as a member of the IEA, they represent why I want to be involved with this. Engagement talks to me about community, about working together towards a common goal, and about sharing my passion on the enneagram with others, who usually become friends. This shared passion creates a bond that I highly appreciate. Education represents an aspiration we all have to learn more, and we can do that together; there are so many developments and applications, that makes sense to get together and learn from each other using the various platforms available – Nine Points, conferences, social media, etc). And Excellence represents a desire to elevate the standards of the work we do, so that it efficacy increases and also becomes more appealing for people outside of the community who might get interest on the Enneagram.
How do you see the future of the Enneagram?
I wish the Enneagram could be known and used by more people, especially those who are open to knowing themselves better and in need of a more objective tool to look at themselves. I see the Instincts taking a more relevant role in the use and teaching of the model and more applications being developed in different fields.
It is my hope that the enneagram becomes a more mainstream model that is accepted and used in a variety of disciplines.
How do you see the future of the IEA?
I see the IEA adapting to the changes of the world, making more use of virtual resources, but with people also cherishing the opportunities to connect in person when possible. These two levels complement each other and don’t see any of them going away, but getting stronger.
Also think that as more and more members are using the Enneagram in their work, and not only for their personal development, there will be more interesting things to share and the IEA is the best place to make that happen, providing the structure for it thought events, publications, etc.