Understanding myself better with Wendy Appel


Inside Out….get an insight into Wendy’s awesome work

Every once in a while, we as individuals, family members and as employers/employees need to take a step back and assess where we are, where we want to be and what can we do to get there.

But it is also essential to get an outsider to look at the scenario you sit in from a completely different, non judgemental perspective to provide new enlightening insights into your personality, strengths and how you can develop fruitful relationships with people around you to better understand your strengths and how you can capitalise on these strengths.

Recently I met with Wendy Appel, a cultural anthropologist, public speaker and author near DMC at the home of one of Dubai’s most elegant PR personalities – I’m speaking here of none other than Susan Furness of course. Wendy was visiting Dubai to meet with some clients as she specializes in organization development, executive coaching and change leadership….her methods intrigued me when I had looked at her website hence the urge to get to know more about her work and how her work can inspire other women, individuals and organisations. Better still, if her method of analysis could be effective enough to describe my complicated personality style and I have to say, her Enneagram cards managed to pin me down better than many people around me who after years of knowing me can’t figure me out.

The focus of Wendy’s work is on individual and organizational change and transformation. She has her consulting practice in Europe working with senior executives as a thought partner, strategist, coach and in change management. She is certified to deliver a variety of tools and programs in strategy development, MBTI, Enneagram, team development, change management, group and interpersonal dynamics, meeting design and facilitation.

I was so impressed that The Enneagram Source was developed by Wendy as an online resource for her Enneagram toolkit: Her forthcoming book, The Enneagram Typing Cards, Workshops as well as a planned member community. The products, designed by her are an exciting new way to help clients (leaders and teams) deepen their understanding of how their Enneagram Type plays out in their daily life and interpersonal relationships and make transformational shifts….I definitely needed someone like Wendy to open my eyes to the fact that help like this existed and with professionals like her who are accessible to clients from anywhere in the world.

There are several different ways that people go about identifying their Enneagram Type. The most accessible, and probably most used is to go online and take one of the Enneagram Indicators. This initial insight is only an indicator – a starting place with initial test and the results that can be accurately interpreted and unravelled with Wendy’s insights and experience. She does this through a question and answer process to uncover clients underlying motivations and habits of thinking, acting and feeling before giving them an analysis that can help them move forward and deliver best results.

I’m so glad Wendy is back in Dubai in October after her successful stint with a fairly large organisation she just did team coaching with. I’ve heard she is awesome for personal coaching as well public speaking, panel moderating and does online sessions, tele-seminars and is a true example of how one can use social media effectively to create awareness.

Once again it was a delight to have coffee with an inspirational individual like Wendy and I have to thank Susan for the opportunity. If you would like to know more about Wendy and her work, look at the following links:

Website:          www.wendyappel.com
Createspace:    www.createspace.com/3731910
Amazon:           www.amazon.com/InsideOut-Enneagram-Game-Changing-Guide-Leaders/dp/0984884203/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332155684&sr=1-1
Facebook:         www.facebook.com/ConfluenceConsultingInternational
Twitter:            www.twitter.com/wendyappel
Linkedin:           www.linkedin.com/in/wendyappel
G+:                  www.plus.google.com/104003581156944335373/about

Focus on eco-friendly trends, sustainability and Green Building at Hardware Tools Middle East

I may not look like a chick who would swing a tool belt on overalls but I spent most of my childhood around tools and machinery being a contractors daughter….while other girls played with dolls, I would take very opportunity after school to go to my dad’s workplace so I could go home with him at 5pm instead of going home at 3pm. Today, while waiting for some meetings in Bahrain, I flipped through the show guide of the 13th edition of Hardware+Tools Middle East that I picked up on the way to my businesswomen’s meeting yesterday afternoon.

As I have been fascinated with tools and salivate at stuff at Ace Hardware hoping to be DIY savvy, my interest peaked and I found out that this is the only dedicated trade show and conference for hardware, tools, material and machinery in the wider Middle East region. I wish I was not rushing from the IBWG to the airport as I would have loved to see the show and the latest trends and range in energy-saving and environmentally friendly products, as these days people increasingly opt for greener solutions.

I was browsing through the show programme over lunch today and saw that an old family friend Eng. Angus MacFarlane is speaking at the forum on ‘Building an Idea – The Burj Khalifa from Design to Reality.’ We were also close neighbours for 3 years and Angus is known as one of the best technical directors for structures in this part of the world so having him on the speakers list raises the quality of the forum that is part of the Hardware+Tools Middle East. The forum features a comprehensive program with a series of presentations, seminars and workshops specifically designed for construction industry professionals.

Although my personal diva tool box at home is sweet pink, I would still love to check out some power tools and accessories if I get a chance after work tomorrow….. I only arrive in Dubai at 6am and unless I take a few bottles of Vitaene C, getting to do this is tall order but at least I can try after work. My dad would have loved the machinery segment of the show that includes moulding, drilling, cutting, welding and soldering products as well as safety products, components and parts, automation and robotics, design software, CNC routing and lathes….pity he is currently on a project somewhere in Australia. Since he forgot to tell me if its Brisbane or Melbourne, I am so tempted to call and make him jealous just to get back.

If you are into DIY, check it out – its bound to give you a few ideas on your next funky project….as for me, I’m checking on whats missing from my pink tool box