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Accelerating Team Results at Colonial Life
Colonial Life is a leading provider of employee benefits, serving more than 3 million customers in over 80,000 companies in the US. Dan Entwistle from Curium Solutions worked with the Orlando Colonial Life team to incorporate TetraMap into their team toolkit and introduced a new way of thinking which would empower them to collaborate. Read more
TetraMapping divisional conflict
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
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
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
Make 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
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
Embracing 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: 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 >
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 >
Is 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 >
From 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
9-12-2015: 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
01-12-15: 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
TetraMap 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
14-09-2015: 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
07-09-2015: 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
13-08-15: 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
05-08-15: 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!
17-07-15: 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
29-06-2015: 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 >
Plant 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 >
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
My 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
25-11-14: 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 >
Thinking 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 >
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
28-07-14: 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
06-04-14: 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 >
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
17-10-13: 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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Video library and case studies
- You must play boldly to win
- Walking on Broken Glass
- Leadership in Chaos
- Is your team in the Learning Zone?
- Integrating TetraMap into your business
- Creativity and connections
- Taking the time to reflect on taking the time
- When mother earth rocks
- Diving out of my comfort zone
- A nation in change
- Anyone for tennis?
- From the peak perspective
- Natural solutions to everyday challenges
- Make what you've just learned work for you!
- Why our teachers love TetraMap
- Creating a competitive, adaptable approach to selling
- Embracing new ways of communicating
- Embrace your Fire and be more "Start-up";
- Opening and closing doors
- Whitepaper: Conflict: fight, flee, or flow?
- Talent conversations
- Is having an expert bad for your team?
- From couch to 10k
- How far would your leadership shadow fall?
- Thinking bigger than ever
- Single malts or blended?
- White paper: Emotional Intelligence
- Walk the talk
- A perfect reframe
- O2 hosts professional development day
- Understanding your teams' strengths and how to use them
- Creating a competitive advantage through workplace diversity
- Why thought diversity matters
- The left-brain right-brain myth
- The four Elements of early learning
- Was I scared? Hell, yes!
- Breaking communication barriers
- Plant a seed, plan to succeed
- Supercharge the potential of youth
- Reinventing rubbish
- Emotionally intelligent leadership
- 6 ways to generate deeper learning
- My big shift
- Q&A: Award-winning learning programme
- Confused about choosing a personality profiling tool?
- Not your average customer service course
- Q&A: Growing your professional development as a facilitator
- Engaging in difficult conversations
- What's the difference between strengths and preferences?
- Thinking Pink with Team Tetra
- Q&A: Absolutely, positively customers
- How is nature relevant to your business?
- Q&A: Taking leaders from good to great
- Inspiring new ways in South Africa
- Q&A: Talking about youth development with John Williams
- What we learned at the 2014 AITD National Conference
- Accelerating team performance
- Becoming a Certified TetraMap facilitator
- Decisions: Should you read this?
- Our collective call to action