Article Archive

Reinventing rubbish: how to cut the trash in half

August 5, 2019 - TetraMap_Admin

by Esther Bukholt, 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.

Feedback is a gift

January 7, 2019 - Louise

With Christmas in the rearview mirror it’s a perfect time to think about the gifts you’ll be giving in 2019. If someone is important to you then they deserve a thoughful gift.  As do you. 

Accelerating team performance

January 1, 2019 - TetraMap_Admin


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? 


Three Buckets of Diversity

October 30, 2018 - Louise

06-11-18 by Louise Duncan, General Manager TetraMap International

Are you deeply curious about the people who are not like you? Asked Lana West, Head of People and Culture, at Beca Limited – an engineering firm with around 3000 staff at a morning breakfast ‘Leveraging Difference and Diversity’  hosted by the Employers Manufacturing Association (EMA). 


Congratulations to Allyson Fay – our newest Master TetraMap Facilitator

October 25, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

Congratulations to Allyson Fay – our newest Master TetraMap Facilitator

24-10-18 by Louise Duncan, Managing Director, TetraMap International

A huge congratulations to Allyson Fay from 02 in the UK, on becoming a Master TetraMap Facilitator. It is an outstanding achievement and we are thrilled to celebrate her success! 

Ally says her MTF journey was challenging, rewarding, and full of discovery learning. Her excellent project Equal opportunity for Leaders in O2?  showed a fascinating Elemental bias.  


Is your team in the Learning Zone?

October 18, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

02-02-17 by Louise Duncan, GM 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?


Words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss

August 9, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

9-7-18 by Louise Duncan, Managing Director, TetraMap International  

More than 25 years after his death – Dr. Seuss’ books still sit at number one on the children’s bestseller list.  So, what’s the secret?


Metaphors aren’t true

April 3, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

03-04-18 by Louise Duncan, Managing Director, TetraMap International

“Metaphors aren’t true.  But they’re useful. That’s why professionals use them to teach, to learn and to understand. A metaphor takes what we know and uses it as a lever to understand something else.”  Seth Godin, Writer, Marketer, Blogger


It’s not exactly rocket science…or is it?

March 15, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

15-3-18 by Louise Duncan, Managing Director, TetraMap International 

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. After all, today’s catch-phrase is ‘simplify’ not ‘complexify’!


Humpty Dumpty – a poem about appreciating the Elements

March 6, 2018 - TetraMap_Admin

6-3-18 by Nita Kerepeti-Ikin, a  Certified TetraMap Facilitator and Administrator for Te Paepae Arahi; a kaupapa Maori health organisation. 

Nita’s poem reaches to the heart of TetraMappers celebrating the warmth and spirit that demonstrates Fire and Water at its very best.  When Nita was asked about who inspired her I was also inspired to learn about Waireti Walters who was an outstanding and remarkable Maori health worker who was also a Certified Facilitator. 


How TetraMap gave me a good dose of self-awareness

December 5, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


The TetraMap Alternative Christmas ‘Do’

December 5, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Cementing the team at Raw Essentials

December 5, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


A taste of TetraMap

December 5, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


It’s all about engagement

October 4, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

Our intent: to support you to be the facilitator your client needs and wants! It’s not about selling TetraMap into an organisation, it’s about engaging others by reflecting TetraMap principles in how you are and what you say, all the while building their trust in you.

Integrating TetraMap into your business

February 15, 2017 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Leadership development – from the peak perspective

December 1, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Make what you’ve just learned work for you!

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Why our teachers love TetraMap

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Creating a competitive, adaptable approach to selling

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.”


Embracing new ways of communicating

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.”


Embrace your “Fire” and be more “Start-up”

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Talent conversations

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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. 

Single malts or blended?

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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!


White paper: Emotional Intelligence

November 30, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Why thought diversity matters

November 29, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

07-09-2015 by Letticia Mincham, Certified TetraMap Facilitator 

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’.


The left-brain right-brain myth

November 29, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

13-08-15 by Robyn Walshe, Master TetraMap Facilitator 

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.


The four Elements of early learning

November 29, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Breaking communication barriers

November 29, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


Emotionally intelligent leadership

November 29, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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.


6 ways to generate deeper learning

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

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. 


Not your average customer service course

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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?

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 »

Q&A: Absolutely, positively customers

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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?

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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

November 28, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 »

Becoming a Certified TetraMap Facilitator

November 27, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 >

Sustainability is mainstream

March 4, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

A 5-minute video by Jonathon Porritt (April 2011)

Yoshimi and Jon attended a conference March 2011 entitled Sustainability is Mainstream. The conference ended with a 5-minute video presentation from Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future in the UK.

Winning business in a competitive market

March 4, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin

A half-hour webinar by Anne Clews (August 2010)

Plan B: Our collective call to action

March 1, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 >

Decisions: should you read this?

March 1, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 >

Is having an expert bad for your team?

February 25, 2016 - TetraMap_Admin


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 »