We are all four Elements


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TetraMap offers a refreshingly simple approach to get us talking and working together more productively and inter-dependently.

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Refreshingly simple, not simplistic

TetraMap offers a refreshingly simple approach to get us talking and working together more productively and inter-dependently. It is liberating for those who grasp how nature’s basic elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire are metaphors for behaviour.

TetraMap helps people in many different contexts around the globe value their own uniqueness, and appreciate what others bring to a situation.

A brief explanation of the Elements:


Earth: Like a mountain is firm

Bold and sturdy, Earth Elements are confident in the way they walk and talk. Goals, control, achievement and winning are important. Quick, possibly risky decisions come easily.  


Air: Like the wind is clear

These orderly and focused individuals rely on their ability to think things out. They excel in finding logical solutions and making sense of situations. Air Elements listen and plan to ensure accuracy and quality. 


 Water: Like a lake is calm

Caring and consistent, Water Elements are important in holding families and teams together. They are loyal and deeply feeling people who show steadfast effort, great patience, and a desire for harmony and flow. 


Fire: Like the sun is bright 

Looking at the positive side of life, they love to explore possibilities and inspire others to see bright futures. Fire Elements are colourful, love variety, and have a great sense of fun!  


How to apply your learning

Look around and listen out

You’ll see the Elements play out at work, at home, when shopping, and at the gym. Apply what you’ve learned about how to approach and communicate with people differently. You’ll soon notice the difference it makes.

Talk to your workshop facilitator or conference presenter

Ask about a Why Are You Like That? workshop. They’ll help you to consider how to learn more, go deeper, and apply TetraMap in your specific context. TetraMap is a tool and an approach that continues to increase your potential as a communicator, leader, team and family member.

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TetraMap was developed in New Zealand Aotearoa by Yoshimi and Jon Brett who looked to nature to create a learning model that increases personal well-being and team cohesion.

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