Thought leadership

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It's not exactly rocket science...or is it?

20-2-18 by Louise Duncan, Managing Director, TetraMap International

Can humans live on Mars? Elon Musk is optimistic, and he has already sent a Tesla to check it out! His futuristic image of life on Mars portrays a geodesic dome, no less.


TetraMap is not exactly rocket science - but it does help make those hard to master soft skills a whole lot easier to learn and understand - and then to help us average mortals map out a way forward. After all, today's catch-phrase is 'simplify'. read more 




The big 5 Personality Theory  - and the rest explained 

20-01-18 by Robyn Walshe, Master TetraMap Facilitator

Robyn has a gem to share with everyone.  "As I uncover other tools and diagnostics I'm intrigued how people lean on the reports that result (all done by algorithms) and their complex concepts and language.

As facilitators, it's important to embrace the diversity of approaches on offer, yet have a quiet confidence about TetraMap's place in the world - and that's helped by knowing and understanding what else is out there.  I found this article helpful - and I trust you will too!" Read more 


Not a psychometric, and here's why...

18-01-17 by Dr Andrea Polzer-Debruyne, (PhD Organisational Psychology) Certified TetraMap Facilitator

Andrea's blog provides a clear differentiation between psychometric assessment and TetraMap.  Facilitators are often asked the question what is TetraMap?  Our answer is TetraMap goes beyond psychometric assessment to deliver practical insights as part of a people, team and organisation transformation.  Andrea draws on her extensive experience and uses evidence-based research in the fields of Psychology and Human Resources as well as her analytical skills, sense of humour, and plain common sense.

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Taking TetraMap to Eden to create a better world

15-12-17 by Nicki Davey, Director of Saltbox Training & Events

Having a deep sense of purpose is essential for a meaningful life, and for me, this is about doing what I can to help create a more loving and sustainable world. I was therefore really excited to be able to deliver a TetraMap® Facilitator Certification Programme at the Eden Project in Cornwall last month (Nov 2017), along with Anne Clews from TetraMap UK whose support was instrumental in making the event a success. read more


How TetraMap gave me a good dose of self-awareness

24-11-17 by Nuala Ryan, Sales and Marketing, Curium Solutions, UK 

Communications and marketing specialist (and planning ninja) Nuala Ryan talks about TetraMap, self-awareness and how to communicate more effectively. "TetraMap gives you a huge dose of self-awareness, but also insight into what those with different preferences intend by their actions."

Like most of my colleagues, I have completed a TetraMap facilitation certification course thanks to a two-day workshop run by my colleague, Stuart Bailey. read more 

The TetraMap Alternative Christmas 'Do'

20-10-17 by Sarah Dwyer, Marketing and Events, TetraMap International

I’ve been working for TetraMap for 3 years now and have never had a ‘normal’ Christmas 'do'. It's always involved plenty of fun and games but never your traditional Christmas office party. For that, I am actually quite grateful. For these parties can be a little stressful; organising whose Christmas party to attend, yours or your partners, they normally always clash! Then there's the childcare arrangements, taxis bookings, drinking too much and so on, I think you get the picture. Read more

Cementing the Team at Raw Essentials

25-09-17 by  Louise Compton, Goodsense Marketing, NZ 

GoodSense, a Marketing organisation that creates improved economic, social and environmental wellbeing in NZ through marketing leadership has a number of Certified TetraMap Facilitators onboard their team and use TetraMap® learning programme to assist their clients.  Raw Essentials a rapidly growing raw pet food brand worked with GoodSense to improve their understanding of each other and improve their internal communication. The programme delivered by GoodSense is delivering lasting results. read more 

TetraMap and Cultural Synergy

24-08-17 by Leyla Okhai, DIverse Minds UK Ltd

Culture is fluid, changing and adapting all the time. I invite you to consider how to make the most of your culture and elemental preferences to understand the culture of those around you. Not just for productivity, but to enhance exchanges and deepen relationships. read more 

TetraMapping divisional conflict

15-08-17 by J'Lein Liese Ph.D. USA 

by guest blogger J'Lein Liese, Ph.D. an international expert in leadership, strategy execution, organizational transformation, change management, and conflict resolution, and works extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Conflict is prevalent in every organization, but there are special issues unique to geographically dispersed organizations. Read more 

A taste of TetraMap

5-05-17 by Kate Drew, Curium Solutions, UK 

Senior Consultant from Curium Solutions, UK Kate Drew, writes about using nature as a metaphor to understand personality preferences and how to use these insights to challenge your thinking. read more 

You must play boldly to win

21-04-17 by Dan Entwistle, TetraMap USA 

by Daniel Entwistle, TetraMap Facilitator and President of US Operations for Curium Solutions considers Arnold Palmer’s mantra, “Play boldly to win” and how it applies to performance in all walks of life. read more 

Walking on broken glass

21-03-17 by Nicki Davey, Master TetraMap Facilitator and Director of Saltbox Training and Events

As part of the SpiderWeb leadership programme, Nicki ran an immensely powerful experience for learners which generated deep insights about themselves and boosted their confidence as leaders. read more


Leadership in chaos

21-03-17 by Jon Brett, Co-Founder, TetraMap International

From best practice to next practice and everything in between Jon explains how TetraMap helps us understand how to lead amongst the chaos, where there is no commonly desired end result other than "not this". read more

Is your team in the learning zone?

02-02-17 by Louise Duncan, General Manager, TetraMap International 

How often is the cause of the problem identified? Are workplace mistakes spoken about, or silently ignored?  Could future disasters be prevented? No-one wants to look ignorant, incompetent, or negative. Is there enough trust and respect in the team for people to openly say, "I goofed, I screwed up, I'm concerned about..."? When things go wrong, is there a focus on learning from mistakes? read more

Integrating TetraMap into your business

02-02-17 by James Farrow, Master TetraMap Facilitator

An interview with James Farrow, a Master TetraMap Facilitator at Curium Solutions, a rapidly growing Change consultancy based in Innovation Court in Birmingham, UK. We set out to understand more about their ethos, how they integrate TetraMap and learning by osmosis in one of their innovation pods. READ MORE

Creativity and connections

23-12-16 by Louise Duncan, GM, TetraMap International

Creativity is just connecting things - Steve Jobs

You connect things. You create things. Really. Just start. 
Make a contribution. Make a card. Make a cake. Make something! READ MORE

Taking the time to reflect on taking the time

22-12-16 by guest blogger Scott Garrett

It's about understanding which approach is right for the people you're leading, and recognising that I may need to be Earth, Air, Water, and Fire in four consecutive conversations if that's what it takes to inspire and support the people who matter to me the most: my team. READ MORE

When mother earth rocks

16-12-16 by guest blogger Esther Bukholt

In the aftermath and through hundreds of aftershocks we have all reacted in different ways, and it has got me wondering about how our different Elements respond to a shaking up, a rude awakening. read more

Diving out of my comfort zone

15-12-16 by guest blogger Stuart Warner

The problem with unconscious competence is it's also where our comfort zone is and the risk is we stop learning, stop growing, and possibly even regress a little. read more

A nation in change

15-12-16 by guest blogger Daniel M Entwistle

Daniel recently moved with Curium (a UK Change Management Consultancy) to the US. Based in Florida, Daniel has written about the power of change and how important it is to understand the impact it has on your workforce.  Daniel uses TetraMap to describe the four steps to understanding behaviours and how to get the best out of change and seek new opportunities. read more 

Anyone for tennis?

15-12-16 by guest blogger Stuart Bailey

Stuart makes some enlightening parallels between his newly uptaken sport, tennis and TetraMap and the focus that both require to draw on your personal strengths to win. read more

From the peak perspective

9-23-2016 by Alex Villareal, TetraMap Mexico 

Having climbed 5 of the 7 highest summits including Everest, Alex Villarreal is a sought-after speaker who connects people to their leadership potential and facilitates TetraMap as a leadership competency. Alex draws on the parallels between climbing Everest and leadership lessons. READ MORE

Natural solutions to everyday challenges

9-12-16 by Anne Clews, TetraMap, UK 

Anne discusses how we can look to nature to find creative solutions to many challenges we face every day. read more 

Tetrapath of learningMake what you've just learned work for you!

9-19-2016: by Louise Duncan, GM, TetraMap and Robyn Walshe, Master TetraMap Facilitator

We suggest using the TetraPath of Learning to make a big difference to the way you start putting your newly found skills into practice. read morE

Why our teachers love TetraMap

9-12-2016: by guest blogger Priscilla Looi from AKLTG 

Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group trains 70,000 young people across Asia by delivering 75 learning programmes to develop and foster lifelong learning skills. This blog uncovers how Pricilla and her team use TetraMap to empower teachers to reach optimum communication pathways with parents to ensure students are getting the best learning outcome. read morE

BBC Creating a competitive, adaptable approach to selling

9-08-2016:  an interview with Gabriele Galassi – Global Organisational Development Manager, BBC Worldwide 

Anne Clews, TetraMap UK interviews Gabriele about how he has implemented TetraMap within BBC Worldwide's global negotiation skills programme with much success. "On-going client relationships are stronger as we truly value the customer's perspective and see that difference is a positive advantage rather than a point of conflict." read morE

GraemeLoganEmbracing new ways of communicating 

11-07-2016: by Louise Duncan, General Manager TetraMap Intl 

Graeme Hogan, CEO bioRevive tells us how he signalled a new direction of communication for his sales team. "I'm a firm believer that strong teamwork comes from doing something meaningful together, and to look for something that is beyond a 'fun day out." READ MORE




Embrace your Fire and be more 'start-up'

26-04-2016: by Anne Clews, TetraMap, UK 

Anne Clews, TetraMap, UK interviews Abby Barton, Head of Business Development and Leadership Coach at Wayra. As the Leadership Coach at Wayra Abby's role is it to help founders of Start-Ups to discover and build on their strengths, whether it be Fire, Earth, Water (or the occasional Air!), and develop themselves as authentic CEO leaders of their companies. read more

Opening and closing doors 

12-04-2016: by Louise Duncan, General Manager, TetraMap International 

"Opportunities are like sunrises - if you wait too long you miss them." What a great way to describe opportunity by a bright young graduate at First Foundation.  Louise's blog is a heart-warming read about youth and opportunity. Louise talks openly about her daughter's personal triumph as she opens the doors to her first business at age 21. READ MORE

Conflict White PaperConflict: fight, flee, or flow? 

07-04-2016: by Robyn Walshe, Certified Master TetraMap Facilitator, Jan Alley, Certified Master TetraMap Facilitator, and Rigel Walshe, Certified TetraMap Facilitator, NZ 

Embracing diversity unleashes potential – your own and others. Readers of this white paper will gain a deeper understanding of how difference and uniqueness contribute to conflict and to its resolution. By knowing yourself and others better you can quickly drive conversations into actions while developing and enhancing relationships that are sustainable, enduring, and productive. Read morE >

Ed Fothergill

Talent conversations

26-02-2016: by Ed Fothergill, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

In this blog Ed shares why performance is not the same as potential, and the importance of having open and honest conversations about talent. read morE >

Serena PalmerIs having an expert bad for your team?

25-02-2016: by Serena Palmer, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

Serena makes a clear distinction between having an 'expert' on your team and someone who knows their job inside out. A practical guide on how to close the skills gap. read morE >

Sharon FawcettFrom couch to 10k

25-02-2016: by Sharon Fawcett, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

You can TetraMap anything: a strategic plan, a new or existing team, a conference, a presentation and so on - in a nutshell, anything that requires sequential thinking with measurable outcomes and a holistic approach.

Sharon demonstrates how you can TetraMap a personal goal, one that she is taking on with real tenacity! read morE >  


How far would your leadership shadow fall?

25-02-2016: by Lorenzo Giliomee, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

How would you describe your lasting impact on others as a leader? This week's guest blogger is TetraMap facilitator Lorenzo Giliomee from Telefonica UK's Leadership and Development team. Read morE >

Thinking bigger than ever

11-02-2016: by Allyson Wightman, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

"Each year in our organisation we're all encouraged to take part in some form of activity that gives something back to our Community, as part of 'Think Big'. My personal contribution in 2015 involved heading into a Comprehensive School in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the North of England to be part of a team who gave up a whole day to help 'mock interview' Year 11 students." READ MORE >

Single malts or blended?

11-02-2016: by Simon Pocock, Certified TetraMap Facilitator at 02, UK

Simon is this weeks guest blogger and has written about how O2 have blended two leadership programmes, demonstrating synergy at its finest and brought about some very positive results, so good in fact he wants to bottle it! READ MORE >

White paper: Emotional Intelligence

Copyright TetraMap - Why customers leave vendors9-12-2015: by Certified TetraMap Facilitator Robin Hills

Put simply, emotional intelligence is how we combine our thinking with our feelings in order to build quality relationships and make better decisions.

This white paper discusses why emotional intelligence is increasingly relevant to organisational development and the link between psychometric testing, personality profiling, and emotional intelligence. READ MORE >

Walk the talk

Copyright TetraMap01-12-15: by Jon Brett, TetraMap Co-Creator

On Saturday 28 November, Yoshimi, Louise, and I joined thousands of others for the Global Climate March in towns across New Zealand, and on every continent on Earth, to demand that global leaders set the targets necessary for the sustainability of humanity and the planet. READ MORE >

A perfect reframe

20-11-2015: by Louise Duncan, General Manager, TetraMap International

"This has nothing to do with disability and everything to do with ability," said Mark Inglis, at the launch of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games countdown dinner. He interviewed three New Zealand athletes pursuing their gold medal dreams. After listening to their stories of commitment, focus, and determination, his powerful disability/ability reframe kept Louise Duncan thinking for days... READ MORE >

O2 hosts professional development day

05-11-2015: by Anne Clews, TetraMap UK

Copyright TetraMapTetraMap UK teamed up with O2 Leadership and Talent Development to host a professional development learning event for UK TetraMap Facilitators. More than 50 Learning & Development professionals attended from O2 and other organisations.

The event was both informative and highly interactive... READ MORE >

Understanding your teams' strengths and how to use them

Certified TetraMap facilitator Peter Skeen14-09-2015: Q&A with Peter Skeen, Canberra consultant

Not only does Peter have over 30 years in human resources in the Australian Commonwealth government, he's also the over-55 Karate World Champion.

"TetraMap is a powerful tool to assist teams in understanding one another as far as communication and behavioural differences are concerned." READ MORE >

Creating a competitive advantage through workplace diversity

07-09-2015: by Annie Broadbent

In today's highly competitive global markets, the challenge for any business is how to invest successfully in the potential and talent of its workforce to create a competitive edge. There is a striking level of agreement that however competitive edge is gained, it is through the talent, innovation and productivity of staff that it is made and maintained. In other words, whether nurtured and developed from within or brought in from outside, the people make the difference. READ MORE >

Why thought diversity matters

Certified TetraMap facilitator Letticia Mincham07-09-2015: by Letticia Mincham

What does diversity mean to you? So why does it matter? We create multi-disciplinary teams to safeguard a business decision or ensure a successful project, using our understanding of diversity. We pride ourselves on including different points of view when we facilitate a discussion; however what is often overlooked when considering diversity is that this point of view comes from our individual diversity or working style. We bring different perspectives not just through our roles, skills, experience, or physiological criteria but also in personal preference and priorities: the way we look at the world - our 'thought diversity'. READ MORE >

The left-brain right-brain myth

Certified TetraMap facilitator Robyn Walsho13-08-15: by Robyn Walshe

TetraMap provides a framework to decode behaviour. With most behavioural instruments, brain theory reinforces our approach, but recent findings from the field of neuroscience challenge the labels we've relied on – left brain / right brain. There are some giant chasms between the reality of the research and the language we've been using to describe and explain behaviour in terms of brain activity - and it's doing us a disservice. READ MORE >

The four Elements of early learning

Certified TetraMap facilitator Renee Rainville05-08-15: by Renee Rainville, Founder, Opening Out

Renee is on a mission - to inspire those closest to children to become aware of their potential and see that potential in the youth of our world. In this guest article, she explains how to better capture and encourage creativity in early childhood education using TetraMap, and how to apply it in the classroom. READ MORE >

Was I scared? Hell, yes!

TetraMap GM Louise Duncan17-07-15: by Louise Duncan, General Manager, TetraMap International

I'm proud to say I was one of a hundred people from around the world to have just completed Seth Godin's inaugural altMBA programme.

The ride was exhilarating, the learning process amazing. Traditional it was not! READ MORE >

Breaking communication barriers

Certified TetraMap facilitator Dave Moore29-06-2015: A Q&A with Dave Moore, services manager for a large government organisation

With teams divided across New Zealand, Dave Moore noticed that team members were ending up in conflict more often than needed. Rather than supporting each other, teams started to avoid communicating with each other. To get communication flowing, David introduced TetraMap. READ MORE >

Certified TetraMap facilitator Matthew PickeringPlant a seed, plan to succeed

16-06-2015: A Q&A with Matthew Pickering of Coach Approach

Certified TetraMap Facilitator Matthew Pickering has been working in the rural industry for years.

In an interview with TetraMap, he explains his start in agriculture and the extensive work he's currently doing in succession planning for rural families and businesses – an industry that is seeing immense change. READ MORE >

Supercharge the potential of youth

20-05-15: A Q&A with Steven Carden, founder of First Foundation

First Foundation is a unique educational trust founded to give young New Zealanders with plenty of talent but few financial resources a hand up to tertiary education.

We spoke to Steven Carden who started the programme in 1998 at age 24. READ MORE >

Reinventing rubbish

18-05-15: How to cut the trash in half, by Esther Bukholt, Certified TetraMap Facilitator

"Reinventing rubbish in our household began some years ago, when my husband and I decided that we could surely do better than putting a bag of rubbish out to the kerbside every week (average NZ households put out one a week). Being high in Air, he suggested we do a rubbish audit. We would lay out all our rubbish for the week and see what it could teach us about how to reduce it." READ MORE >

Emotionally intelligent leadership

24-03-15: A Q&A with Marcy Levy Shankman, Certified TetraMap Facilitator

The second edition of the ground-breaking book Emotionally Intelligent Leadership, co-authored by a Certified TetraMap Facilitator, was released in January. Read our exclusive interview with Marcy Levy Shankman as she talks about the second edition and the different schools of thought that have emerged on Emotional Intelligence in the past year. READ MORE >

6 ways to generate deeper learning

03-03-15: by Nicki Davey, Master TetraMap Facilitator

How do you create an environment that's vivid, enriching and makes learning stick? Master TetraMap Facilitator, Nicki Davey, breaks down 'brain-friendly learning' and offers six ways to start generating deeper learning in the workshop room. READ MORE >

 Copyright TetraMap - founder Jon BrettMy big shift

19-01-15: by Jon Brett, TetraMap Co-Creator

When I look at my annual carbon footprint there is one elephant in the room: overseas flights. The carbon footprint of flying massively outweighs everything else put together. How about offsetting the carbon? To justify the damage to the environment I am causing, I decided on a simple common sense formula... READ MORE >

Q&A: Award-winning learning programme

16-01-15: Using an award-winning learning approach, Jurys Inn has developed a combination of face-to-face training and online learning that starts to develop employees before they even arrive for their first day. Edward Gallier, group learning and development manager says, "Nearly every day, a live webinar is being held for someone, somewhere." READ MORE >

Confused about choosing a personality profiling tool?

15-12-14: Registered psychologist Liz Payne offers useful tips and practical advice. "As a Training and Development professional, you may be considering incorporating a personality profiling tool into a training program to strengthen participants' learning. While the prospect may at first seem exciting, it's not unusual to end up feeling a little overwhelmed given the abundance of tools on the market." READ MORE >

Not your average customer service course

08-12-14: Learning how to better communicate with customers is what drew a diverse group of individuals, to the Employers and Manufacturer's Association (EMA), half-day workshop on 'Communicating with your Customers.' The course, held at EMA's office in Auckland focuses on helping participants form enduring customer relationships and pave the way for career success. But it's not your typical workshop. READ MORE >

Q&A: Growing your professional development as a facilitator

 Copyright TetraMap25-11-14: With over 20 years in the learning and development industry, Jan Alley, an independent consultant and Master TetraMap Facilitator, understands the need to continually develop her skills and find the balance between giving out and taking in. Jan shares her tips for facilitators to grow their own abilities and to keep learning fresh. READ MORE >

Engaging in difficult conversations

4-11-14: Whether you work in teams, manage other people or work with customers - conflict is bound to erupt. Most often it's due to difference of opinion. While the easier route might be to avoid confrontation, learning how to handle conflict could help improve health and well-being in your office. Anne Clews, TetraMap UK, discusses how conflict can be costly and what steps you should be taking. READ MORE >

What's the difference between strengths and preferences?

16-10-14: How can understanding an individual's strengths and preferences help us with communication? Consider this: At your job, how many tasks have you become good at but would prefer not to do? In simple terms, a strength is an outsider's point of view and a preference is a personal view. Understanding how this is important can help us improve individual and team understanding. READ MORE >

 Copyright TetraMapThinking Pink with Team Tetra

01-10-14: Team Tetra went the extra mile for Breast Cancer Awareness in October. READ MORE >

Q&A: Absolutely, positively customers

18-09-14: If you're going to serve the customer well you have to be able to understand yourself and others first. This is the opinion of Bevan Smith, learning and development advisor for parks, sport and recreation at Wellington City Council. He's developed an 'Excellent Customer Service' programme to develop his people to become more consistent with customers. READ MORE >

How is nature relevant to your business?

25-08-14: For many companies, silo mentality prevails because the organisation is split into so many independent units. Rather than creating inter-dependence, we build walls around departments. Instead of building walls, a company needs to collaborate across departments to work towards a common goal. How you get there, requires looking towards nature. READ MORE >

Certified TetraMap facilitator Corene Walker

Q&A: Taking leaders from good to great

19-08-14: There has been a significant shift in leadership styles over the past decades. Gone are the days of pure black-and-white strategic thinking; now there is a new openness to exercising creativity. This whole-brain approach for success is also the approach that Corene Walker and the Coach Approach Team use. READ MORE >

Inspiring new ways in South Africa

11-08-14: Anne Clews from the UK recently hosted TetraMap's first-ever Certification course in Johannesburg, South Africa in late July. After returning, Anne took the time to share her thoughts on her unexpected trip and the power of South Africa's forward-thinking culture. READ MORE >

Q&A: Talking about youth development with John Williams

Certified TetraMap facilitator John Willliams28-07-14: John Williams has been on his TetraJourney for over 20 years since meeting Yoshimi and Jon Brett during his time at Wellington City Council. We sat down with John to talk about his TetraJourney, his involvement with youth development through RYLA and Scouts NZ, and why there is a need for a new style of learning. READ MORE >

What we learned at the 2014 AITD National Conference

07-06-14: Robyn Walshe and Louise Duncan reflect on their two days of learning at the Australian Institute of Training & Development's National Conference. With a greater digital shift in the world, how will the L&D industry be affected? Where does L&D fit when learners share their knowledge and skills freely? READ MORE >

Accelerating team performance

 Copyright TetraMap - workshop06-04-14: As facilitators, we often have mere hours to help transform a team to improve performance. We apply a framework for improvement and hope the team will carry out these methods. But how can we encourage a team to make immediate change in the training room so it can be directly applied in day-to-day business? READ MORE >

Certified TetraMap facilitator Donna Davidson

Becoming a Certified TetraMap facilitator

19-12-13: From guest blogger Donna Davidson: "I am now a certified TetraMap facilitator as of 27 November 2013, and what a journey it has been! It feels as if my mind-set and value systems were taken out, placed on a jungle gym, played with, hung upside down, then totally renewed..." READ MORE >

Decisions: Should you read this?

17-10-13: Decisions: we all make hundreds – or even thousands, maybe millions – of them a day. What to have for lunch? How to answer a question? What to watch on TV? Whether to keep reading a blog… But how do we make these decisions? And how do they look from the perspectives of the four Elements? READ MORE >

Our collective call to action

 Copyright TetraMap17-10-13: When Sir Richard Branson announced the launch of a new not-for-profit organisation, the B Team, the world sat up and took notice. While we're used to hearing Branson's latest plan for world domination, this one's a bit different – less about empire building, more about building a better planet (full of better people). READ MORE >

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