by Russell (Tres) Bogda
The Enneagram in Business

© 2021 The Enneagram in Business

Why I wrote this mini-book
I love Jazz, and I love the Enneagram. This
mini-book integrates some classic jazz songs
with the Enneagram.
I picked nine Jazz songs and listened closely.
I felt which songs best hold the notes of
each type. Listen to your song. What part of
the song connects you to your type; what
part of the song connects you to yourself?
What thoughts, emotions, reactions, or even
places of growth do these songs bring out in
If you are curious about another type, it is
my hope that by listening to the song
inspired by that Enneagram number, you
can get a greater feel and understanding of
that type. Enjoy, and happy listening.
Type 1| A Night in Tunisia (Dexter Gordon)
There is great energy and power to this song, something I
occasionally forget, or maybe silence. Immediately, I can
feel this song in my body; it is simple yet complex.
Gordon’s playing is skilled, detailed, rhythmic, and aligned.
His improvisational style brings me to Tunisia; the intricacy
of this song also allows me to think outside the lines. Did I
mention this song is also fun!

Type 2 | The Plum Blossom (Yusef Lateef)
I love this song already! Did you know Plum Blossoms
“bloom in winter, giving a glimmer of spring hopefulness
well before winter is over." Listen to the sound of the Xun
(the flute-like instrument): light, feathery, and airy. Listen
more deeply; the Xun holds wisdom and power like a Two.
When the piano begins, I feel connected to different parts
of myself, and the sound of the piano connects me to
Type 3 | Cousin Mary (John Coltrane)
The opening horns make an announcement that I am
here; see me. The continuous drumbeat allows my
saxophone to play a smooth constant sound. Is this what
is called flow? Not overbearing - not too soft - a full force
dynamic and moving. It's a soft piano with a cool beat.
Type 4 | A Love Supreme (John Coltrane)
The cosmic introduction to this song is an announcement
of awakening. I am here, and I am connected. The
beginning of this song is sweet and could be perceived as
sad or melancholy. Wait a few moments; a beat begins, a
piano starts, and then the horn comes in. This horn
speaks of a deep conversation: one of the heart, one of
connection, one of deep curiosity, a sound full of both
pain and joy. Towards the end of the song, a voice chants
a "Love Supreme," reminding me of who I am and how we
are all connected.
Type 5 | So What (Miles Davis featuring John
Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans)
The beginning intro to this song touches my head, and I
can, with ease, hear the repeated phrase
"so what." This song, according to Ian McCann 2016, is
"simple, melodic and catchy, but the song’s origins are
complex. They can be found in what was once
revolutionary harmonic theory, in classical music and
African ballet." Davis’s trumpet allows me room to think. It
helps me feel secure and safe. The power of this song
helps me get in my body, and the delightful complexities
of this song connect me to joy and brings openness and
comfort to me at the same time.
Type 6 | ‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
The title alone had me. "Round midnight" - is there danger
afoot? Is there something exciting, or something that
needs to be solved? In the beginning of this song, the
horn creates an ominous sound of potential danger, but
within the piano I have support. And if I really listen to that
horn, is it danger, is it sadness? Oh wait! Maybe it’s joy and
Type 7 | Giant Steps (John Coltrane)
The opening sound, the saxophone, and the fast-paced
soft beat capture my attention immediately. I love it!
Coltrane’s saxophone only gets better from there, and this
sound was termed sheets of sound (Ira Gitler), “multi-note
hailstorms of dense textures that sound like a
simultaneous series of waterfalls" (Nat Hentoff 1960). It's a
sound of infinite possibilities. This song is also highly
organized with 26 chord changes in a 16- bar theme.
Upbeat, sparkly, fun, detailed, and organized, my mind
loves this song. (P.S. you have to see this song animated;
check out the video!)
Type 8 | Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
(Dexter Gordon)
I love the title, "I guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry!" Who
needs them; I have bigger more important things to deal
with. As I listen more closely to Dexter Gordon’s
saxophone, I can hear a whole world: sweet, soft, gentle,
tender and embracing. It's shoulder to lean on, and a
saxophone to listen to; this is power and strength.
Type 9 | On The Sunny Side of the Street (Dizzy
Gillespie, Sonny Sitt, Sonny Rollins)
The gentle rhythm keeps me bouncing, and the melody I
can sing along to. The upbeat sound brings a smile to my
face. The horn reminds me I am full and dynamic; I can be
awake. A complex song, tender and soothing, it is also
powerful, with dynamic depth and conversation.
A graduate of UCLA, Tres facilitates Enneagram programs
in organizations, coaches individuals, and he also has an
online business selling sports cards. Tres has known the
Enneagram since he was five-years-old and was the type
Three panelist on the now "legendary" children’s panel
facilitated by David Daniels at the IEA conference in the
early 2000s. He understands the importance of being
whole, integrated and fulfilled, and being mindful and
physically healthy- pursuing what you love.
In addition, he is the co-author of “The Art of the
Enneagram.” tres@theenneagraminbusiness.com
Established in 2004 by Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, The Enneagram in Business
offers excellent quality, state-of the-art products and services. Our vision is
to help elevate consciousness globally using the Enneagram integrated with
other innovative approaches; our mission is to provide an abundance of
Enneagram-based resources for use around the world. These include the
» Eight Enneagram books, including several best sellers
» Full-color Enneagram training tools, both in hard copy and virtual formats
» Global Enneagram certification programs for consultants, trainers, and
» Premier leadership development and team development offerings
» Training, coaching and consulting services, both virtual and in-person
» A comprehensive, interactive online Enneagram Learning Portal (ELP)
» A global network of over 70 top-quality Enneagram professionals (EIBN)
ENNEAGRAM BOOKS by Ginger-Lapid-Bogda
Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work
What Type of Leader Are You?
Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach
The Enneagram Development Guide
Consulting with the Enneagram
The Enneagram Coloring Book
The Art of Typing
The Art of the Enneagram (co-authored with Russell Tres Bogda)
TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | EnneagramLearningPortal.com |
info@TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | 510.570.2971