Testimonials

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During my first coaching session with Josh, I was able to unearth professional barriers that I had been wrestling with for three years. Before our session, I felt stuck in a state of apathy towards my career, as well as certain aspects of my personal life. With a keenly intuitive and attentive style, Josh helped me delve deeply into core issues while putting me at ease with vulnerability. He has the perfect mix of “push” and “pull”, allowing him to guide through the surface issues to much deeper insights. The result of our session was a breakthrough that left me inspired, enlightened, and empowered to reclaim my drive towards my career. I left our session with a greater-than-ever sense of clarity towards my professional ambition, and the focused motivation to see my professional and personal life with new eyes. 

Emily Tormey

Josh’s Enneagram retreat invites you to step into the black box of others’ minds and rethink how you approach the diverse personalities in your life. Josh is the ideal guide for this journey – empathetic, charismatic, inquisitive, and charmingly self-reflective about how his own typology textures the experience. Whether you’re looking to engage in some much-needed self discovery or explore the dynamics of your most intimate and complicated relationships, I can’t recommend this retreat enough. You’ll leave with a more nuanced understanding of your motivations, fears, and ambitions and a toolkit for compassionate interaction with other types. The course doesn’t end when the weekend’s over – you’ll find yourself applying the Enneagram framework and describing its underlying principles for weeks to come.

Jaclyn “Jax” Harris, Yale Law School ‘16

I had the pleasure of participating in an Enneagram workshop led by Josh. Over the course of the weekend, we learned about the Enneagram and took part in exercises designed to get to know ourselves better. It’s an incredibly powerful framework and I’ve since applied it both in my self-coaching as well as in my interactions with others. Josh is an incredible teacher, and it is clear that he has spent years acquiring deep knowledge. Every teaching moment came with stories from his own life that really brought the Enneagram to life. Josh managed to create a safe space in which I felt encouraged to dive beyond the surface and reflect and share who I am and who I might want to become. I highly recommend Josh as a teacher and the Enneagram as a framework to anyone looking to explore on a deep level who they are.

Malte Kramer, Founder of Luxury Presence and author of Play For Something

I’m incredibly grateful for the experience of attending your Enneagram retreat. You are a master of the Enneagram concepts and were able to communicate the intricacies of each type clearly. Through this retreat, I developed an increased level of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and empathy that has made me happier and improved my personal and professional relationships. I especially liked that you didn’t focus on the negative trait lens that some other enneagram resources start with. Since the retreat, I’ve found myself ‘type’ing other people and leveraging that understanding to better communicate with them. I share my type with people to help them understand how to interpret some of my reactions, which has led to valuable discussions with my friends, girlfriend, and family. I would strongly recommend this course to even the most self-aware leaders and teammates.

Jay Helbling, Stanford Graduate School of Business ’17

The Enneagram is a fascinating and important lens for self-discovery and exploring our relationships with others. Josh hosted an unforgettable weekend session for a small group of us to learn more about the Enneagram. He guided us through each type, our experiences with the types either personally or with others who embody the type, and growth paths to improve ourselves and our bonds with others. Josh is a gentle, yet firm teacher. He fosters mutual respect and rigorous honesty, which enables deeper learning. Within our group, individuals had varying degrees of experience with introspection. Josh seamlessly brought the group together and met each member at his/her level. I highly recommend taking the Enneagram and Josh as a facilitator. Thank you!

Carolyn Kelly, Stanford Graduate School of Business ‘17

I absolutely loved my first deep dive into the Enneagram, and Josh was a fantastic facilitator. Our group had a few first timers (like myself) and others with a lot of experience with the Enneagram, and Josh handled the dynamic expertly. Josh had a way of making everybody feel safe in sharing their true thoughts and feelings, but at the same time he was able to challenge people to ensure that our sessions together were maximized. I will use what I learnt on our retreat in my daily interactions for the rest of my life, and I recommend the class to anyone looking to deepen their understanding of human behavior/interactions.

Michael Hobbs, Stanford Graduate School of Business ’17, Former New Zealand Professional Rugby Player

I was invited to participate in an Enneagram session by one of my girlfriend’s university friends. As with most processes I perceived as self-help in nature, I was deeply skeptical. The process got underway with a phone call I received from Josh Lavine, the facilitator of the session. He was incredibly warm and open to my misgivings. We briefly discussed my personality type (an out ‘n out 8), and what I hoped to achieve from the experience (I wasn’t sure). The weekend arrived and the sessions were pretty intense, starting at around 9:00 and continuing until about 20:00 (with several breaks). All in all I found that the process provided me with a useful framework (not to be used in isolation) for considering myself and others. It was also a healthy reminder to regard one’s own personality with humility.

I thought Josh was incredible. Regardless of the fact that this was his maiden facilitation, he dealt with the (at times spirited) group with thoughtfulness and care. It’s a large responsibility, managing the complicated landscape that is a large, unknown groups personalities. Things can get emotional and out of hand. Josh managed this process well, and I would highly recommend him to anyone considering participating in the process. He answers each question with meditative focus, and works with people when an answer isn’t clear, which is where I felt he was at his best. It’s easy and tempting to present oneself as knowing  everything, especially when you’re leading an audience on a subject you’re considered an authority. However personalities are vast and complex and no one can know everything. He worked with all who posed complex questions to navigate toward either an answer, or a clearer direction to pursue an answer. 

Do it, even if you feel you’ve got nothing to gain. With some application I’ve no doubt you’ll take something from this.

Ross Farley

Josh’s workshop was excellently designed, and an invaluable opportunity for introspection and learning. As a facilitator, he is generous of spirit, empathetic but also firm, able to both hold the space and push the group gracefully and simultaneously. I’d strongly recommend this for anyone looking to understand the self through a new lens. 

Workshop Participant
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