Here’s the whakatauki that guided us: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takimano. My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective.
Of the four TetraMap® perspectives, ‘compassion’ is the one that often raises an eyebrow at first glance. The surprise is understandable. Over the decades, the imagery and persona around leadership as a topic has associated it more with qualities of strength, fortitude, achievement and knowledge.
Olive Strachan MBE, has a story about self belief and much more. As a black female entrepreneur she tells her story of 25 years on business – with plenty of ups, downs and mistakes to learn from. She encourages others to do the same “Be courageous and believe in yourself! I urge you to take that first step and start jotting down some ideas. Writing your book can bring far reaching and life-affirming rewards.”
This is a story of momentum, of something small that kept growing and is still growing strong for an IT consultancy with about 13.000 employees in 28 countries.
Through TetraMap I have discovered a global movement of like-minded people; people who are working hard to set aside their bias and are focusing on being the best they can be. I love that! Why would I not?
By understanding the preferred natural behaviours – of me and others ~ even with complete strangers – brilliantly helps navigate all sorts of situations. Playing with this, we’ve deepened the tool even more to make a huge impact on every type of conversation, especially when combined with a magical coach-blend + emotional awareness.
Participants regularly report that it is the most practical of all the skills we teach them and they go on to use it widely in their workplaces and personal relationships.
Many problems are complex and those we are experiencing in the 21 Century illustrate this well. Across the world, the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic presents levels of complexity that have and continue to grow. In technology, the future growth of AI is an ongoing debate made up of many different perspectives.
During this time of turmoil caused by the COVID pandemic, We see a lot of protest springing up, Seamingly showing that society had started focusing on taking moral stances and exercising their right to voice them.
This got me wondering, in this technology-focused time, how much time do we spend thinking about the ethics or morality of the organizations that provide our technology?
The ability to be selective with information we access, process and accept is more important than ever before. It’s up to us as the receiver of information to choose reliable sources and separate fact from opinion, speculation and misinformation – as the sender may often disguise those differences. We need to step up and start being conscious consumers of content.
Returning to work after a week’s break I should have been feeling relaxed. I wasn’t.
Our leaders and as a result, the followers have increasingly focused on differences (rather than similarities) and as a result, people have drifted apart, feel disrespected and the rift has widened over time.
By Abbas Peera
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.
Learn more from Andy about how the ATN Group use TetraMap to help improve participants negotiating skills. ATN sought a tool to integrate into their negotiation programme that was unique and offered a new way of engaging and opening minds to increase performance.
By Andy Newstead, Managing Director
Conflict emerges from diversity. Being different means we will each have a unique perspective. Gain a deeper understanding of how difference and uniqueness contribute to conflict and to its resolution.
By Robyn Walshe and Associates.
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).
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?
Three Master TetraMap Facilitators Alex (MX), James (UK) and Dan (US) came together to collaborate, synergise, and share leadership expertise with 200 participants and facilitators in Mexico.
By Alex Villarreal.
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’!
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.
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.
How do you lead when we don’t agree on what we want, but we do agree it is NOT what we’ve got? TetraMap helps us understand how to lead amongst chaos, where there is no commonly desired end result other than “not this”. It is a matter of understanding the levels of complexity.
By Jon Brett
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.
By Liz Payne
How would you describe your lasting impact on others as a leader? Our guest blogger is TetraMap Facilitator Lorenzo Giliomee.