Enneagram Eights usually know what they want and are willing to go after it. What the coach can do to help them is to notice the effects their goal will have on others. Their subtext –as long as– is “as long as I can be in charge and have my way.” They need to include the consequences for others and the price everyone may have to pay. This is more important than it may seem because style Eights do very well in the external forum, but they can be blind about inner realities. Their external goals may not include any emotional or spiritual considerations. “Just do it,” can be toxic for them.
When coaching an Enneagram style Seven, remember they are gluttons. The form that proclivity assumes when they set goals is a habit of making lots of goals or huge goals. They glance briefly at the costs of time and effort for a goal and decide they can do that goal plus several more. It is garden season in most of the country, so let me recommend a horticultural metaphor: pruning. When a Seven sets a a goal, the coach usually has to prune either the size or the number. Their enthusiasm is contagious, but so is the common cold. They won’t like small incremental goals, but that is a good place to start.