Tools of Transformation

In working with private clients and groups, Marsha relies on a variety of tools for self-observation and understanding.

The Enneagram of Personality

Marsha has significant training in the Enneagram of Personality and employs it in all her coaching as well as offering Trainings in the tool.

The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Each of these nine patterns — called the Nine Types or the Nine Points — is based on an explicit set of perceptual filters that determine worldview. Underneath each of the nine patterns is a basic assumption about what is needed in life for survival and satisfaction. Adapted from the Enneagram Worldwide website.

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The first instrument developed expressly for the internet, the Clifton StrengthsFinder is a Web-based assessment of personality from the perspective of Positive Psychology. The Clifton StrengthsFinder survey presents 177 items in pairs of potential self-descriptors, such as "I read instructions carefully" versus "I like to jump right into things." Adapted from the popular book, Now, Discover your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, StrengthsFinder is designed to help individuals determine their assets in the workplace. Adapted from the StrengthsFinder 2.0 website.


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people get their energy, take in information, and make decisions with that informaton as well as their preference for structure. These preferences developed from the typological theories proposed by Jung in his book Psychological Types. Developed during World War II by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, the MBTI was initially intended to help women who were entering the workforce for the first time identify the jobs where they would be most comfortable and effective. The initial questionnaire grew into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Adapted from the Wikipedia entry.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is one of the most popular career assessment tools. The test was developed by psychologist E.K. Strong, Jr. to help people exiting the military find suitable jobs. The inventory is an assessment of interests rather than a personality assessment or aptitude test. Once taken, the test shows how certain interests compare with the interests of people successfully employed in specific occupations. Adapted from the Wikipedia entry.


Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO) is a theory of interpersonal relations introduced by William Schutz that explains the interpersonal underworld of a small group. Based on the belief that when people get together in a group, the FIRO posits that there are three main interpersonal needs people are looking for—affection/openness, control, and inclusion. Schutz developed a questionnaire measuring these interpersonal needs called FIRO-B. Adapted from the Wikipedia entry.

The Birkman Method®

The Birkman Method® consists of a personality assessment and a series of related report sets that facilitate team building, executive coaching leadership development, career counseling, and interpersonal conflict resolution. The Birkman Method® combines motivational, behavioral, and interest evaluation into one single assessment, which provides a multi-dimensional and comprehensive analysis, reducing the need for multiple assessments. From the Birkman Method® website.