Thinking about your piece of work from the perspective of what do we need to consider to be FIRM, CLEAR, CALM and BRIGHT is really helpful in covering off different perspectives.
Anna Bolton is the Organisational Development and Capability Lead at Waikato Regional Council | Te Kaunihera ā Rohe o Waikato. She is a Master TetraMap Facilitator and Coach and a Mum.
Anna reflects on her own journey and becoming a Master Facilitator. She says “I understand that TetraMap is a model, a tool, a framework and an approach by which to live my life. I see TetraMap in action in every aspect of my day-to-day life. The number of AH-HA moments I have had on my learning journey has been incredible.
These have had a positive, profound and irreversible impact on my life. I was challenged along the way – both in terms of understanding new concepts and having my perceptions and views challenged and changed. It requires a real commitment to do the learning, research, reading and work to truly understand and embed the concepts and principles into your life.
The organisational perspective
From an organisational development perspective, we invited Anna to share her thoughts and observations on some of the ways she has seen TetraMap benefitting people in her organisation beyond the level of behaviour and communication.
Here’s five broader benefits she’s recognised:
- Beyond using TetraMap as a behavioural model, the key benefit I see is in it helping people to broaden their thinking to consider at least 4 different perspectives when undertaking work e.g. communicating with staff, planning a project, managing risks etc. Thinking about your piece of work from the perspective of what do we need to consider to be FIRM, CLEAR, CALM and BRIGHT is really helpful in covering off different perspectives.
- The other part of TetraMap which really helps is it’s foundation of using Nature as a metaphor. In our organisation nature has a strong link to our organisational mission and vision. Because of this it’s very easy to use TetraMap as a tool because it fundamentally is grounded with the same principles and values as we have as an organisation.
- TetraMap helps you think about your legacy in the organisation you work in. This helps people to think about how their current choice of behaviours and actions align with achieving this bigger legacy and make changes to ensure they are acting and behaving in alignment with this.
- Genuinely appreciating the diversity that people bring to a group/organisation. When working together, it helps to understand the different perspectives we bring to the table and what we can learn from these.
- Thinking about the precessional impact of your actions and behaviours. This again helps people to think about how their current choice of behaviours and actions may have further down the track for individuals and an organisation.