It has to be everybody or nobody

50 years later and where are we?   

In Your Element – with Andrew Melville – Case Study “Sleeping With Another”

Andrew narrates part 5 of the book for our listeners, and in this reading, he describes a case study from the founders of TetraMap. It’s called Sleeping with Another and highlights how the relationships between couples can change and deepen with an understanding of TetraMap. It’s poignant and funny and we hope you’ll enjoy listening.


In Your Element Podcast – with Liz Payne, Registered Psychologist

Liz Payne, Registered Psychologist is our latest guest on the podcast.
She explains what a psychologist has to offer organisations, teams and boards is a real understanding of human behaviour and how it impacts others. Driven by a desire to help others understand the range of tools available and what they are for, she also runs popular workshops on the topic of ‘Demystifying Personality Profiling Tools’.

In Your Element – with Brad Hook, CEO Resilience Institute

25/7/19 by Louise Duncan, TetraMap International   

Brad Hook, CEO -The Resilience Institute is our latest guest on the podcast. The Resilience Institute is a global organisation who deliver research based resilience solutions to build organisational resilience and strategic agility. They define resilience as the ability to bounce, grow, connect and flow.  More 


Extended learning after teambuilding

11-7-19  by Vivien Hui, Certified TetraMap Facilitator, Essentia, Hong Kong 

It is not a secret – nothing changes

What really happened was, when they go back to the same office, when they meet the same colleagues, when they walk into the same meeting room, the feeling at ‘that moment’ just vanished… It is not a secret and it is always a big challenge for teambuilding facilitators to try to extend the “learning” after a long day of fun team activities.

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In Your Element Podcast – with Amy C. Edmondson

11.6.19 by Louise Duncan, TetraMap International

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, USA.  In her early career she worked alongside her hero Buckminster Fuller as ‘Chief Engineer’. What an amazing connection!  

Charming and gracious, Amy is a research professor who is ‘In Her Element’ when teaching a group of students, and asking them deep questions to help them make sense and meaning of the topic at hand.


Stand Out from the Standard

By Ridhwan Yusoff , 4 June 2019

Today one of the greatest dilemmas facing man stems from one question we ask ourselves at the weekend when we go out with our family- WHAT SHOULD WE EAT?

The average family takes about 45 minutes to decide.

Of course, what drives this dynamic is the plethora of options available to us today. When you go to the supermarket, the choices go on and on. When you walk along the streets, the billboards scream for your attention. Every brand is screaming messages that they are the best, they are №1. You get a feeling that this battle is never-ending.


In Your Element Podcast with Olive Strachan, MBE

In Your Element Podcast – with Olive Strachan, MBE.

Global business woman, Entrepreneur and Founder of Olive Strachan Resources, Olive has recently been honoured with an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours list. Aside from her profession, Olive has contributed and undertaken many voluntary roles including becoming a mentor for the NatWest Entrepreneurial Spark Programme, mentoring young entrepreneurs in start-up businesses.

Her love for TetraMap comes shining through.  More


A New Dimension of My Approach to Program Design

By Jack HM Wong, Director, WHM Consulting Pte Ltd, Singapore

I have been speaking on platform for almost 20 years but I only came across program design 7 years ago. The first person who taught me program design was my teacher and mentor, Blair Singer, who was a student of Marshall Thurber, the creator of the program “Money & You”.  The key takeaway from Blair was that good program design requires us to explore different ways to help the participants to maximise the learning in the room.


Feeling safe with TetraMap

6.5.19 by: Anna Bolton

I’ve been working with the TetraMap model for about two years now.  As I deepen my understanding of TetraMap and connect the dots to my other passions, I find myself drawn to the connections between diversity, psychological safety and TetraMap. 


Psychological safety and the learning organisation

24.4.19 by: Emma Mauger, Certified TetraMap Facilitator, Lucid.  

As someone who has worked in a range of company cultures and industries, the subject of psychological safety fascinates me. Like many people, when I look at my career so far, I can pinpoint environments and occasions where I have had an active voice and those where I chose to be less vocal because it didn’t seem as though my voice would count.


Feedback is a gift

4.1.19 by Louise Duncan, TetraMap International 

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. 

Don’t give them a jumper, a pair of socks, or a  chainstore voucher. Give them a gift that’s valuable, builds their self esteem  and something they can learn from.  Feedback. 


Accelerating team performance


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? 


Opening minds when negotiating

30-11-18 By Andy Newstead, Managing Director from ATN Group, UK  

(ATN Group ) are an Approved Centre for the delivery of training programmes from CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) and have many years of experience in delivering procurement and supply chain management training courses to commerce and industry.  They 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.


Three Buckets of Diversity

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

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?

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?


Be different. Be yourself.

10-09-18 By Priscilla Looi, Senior Manager, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore 

This year I have conducted 3 sessions of using Why are you like that? (WAYLT) as a process to help  Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) who are in the midst of a career transition to learning more about themselves as well as others. One of the huddles for a career transitioner is to ace the interview process.


Guilt-free parenting by Jo Rix, Curium Solutions, UK 

23-8-18 by Jo Rix, Senior Consultant, Curium Solutions, UK 

Six weeks of no rushing. Six weeks of no shouting “have you done your teeth?… why haven’t you got your shoes on yet… we should have left 10 minutes ago”. Six weeks of quality time with the kids. Just imagine?


Words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss

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?


Putting nature into communication: How we use TetraMap to improve communication skills

23-6-18 by Verity Craft, General Manager & Storyteller, Intelligent Ink, NZ 

When all is said and done, good training is all about one thing – communication. Communication is key to success in any workplace – the way that employees communicate impacts on their team, the way a team communicates impacts on the organisation, and the way an organisation communicates impacts on the community around them.


Transformation 2018 – A Leadership encounter like no other

21-6-18 by Alex Villareal, Odisea Consultants Mexico and Latin America and Master TetraMap Facilitator 

Odisea Consultants, the TetraMap licensees for Mexico and Latin America held a one day conference attended by over 200 senior executives from 70 leading organisations throughout the region to explore cutting-edge leadership practices. 


Cultural Diversity Celebrated: How Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Evolved Education

21-5-18 by Ruhia King, Master TetraMap Facilitator from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Transformation is the cornerstone of TetraMap. In this series, we share stories to reveal how effectively our Facilitators ignite individuals, teams and organisations.


Metaphors aren’t true

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?

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

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

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’

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

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.


TetraMap and cultural synergy

24-08-17 by Leyla Okhai, DIverse Minds UK Ltd

Culture is fluid, changing and adapting all the time. I invite you to consider how to make the most of your culture and elemental preferences to understand the culture of those around you. Not just for productivity, but to enhance exchanges and deepen relationships.


TetraMapping divisional conflict

15-08-17 by J’Lein Liese Ph.D. USA

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.


A taste of TetraMap

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.


Leadership in chaos – next practice

02-02-17 by Jon Brett, Co-Founder of TetraMap International

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.


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.


Leadership development – 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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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.


Talent conversations

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. 

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.


Why thought diversity matters

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

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

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

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

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

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. 


My “big shift”


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


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 by Registered psychologist Liz Payne

“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.” 


Not your average customer service course


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


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


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?


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


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?


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


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


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 >

Plan B: Our collective call to action


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?


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?


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 »

How far would your leadership shadow fall?


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.