A TetraMap evangelist! Having become a certified TetraMap facilitator, Chris Prees is keen to share the benefits of using this nature-inspired framework to better understand human behaviour
When you join Curium, you are invited to become a certified TetraMap facilitator. I am passionate about developing people and seeing them realise their full potential, so achieving this was a key objective for me.
As you can imagine, it was a little frustrating that three opportunities came and went before I could actually register for the certification course. But, in the business of delivering complex change projects, the customer comes first!
At the beginning of the year, I committed to a few things: to have more experiences as an individual and with my family; and to learn and develop more in my profession.
In February, I finally attended a TetraMap facilitator certification course. TetraMap is a behavioural learning tool that uses four elements from nature: earth, air, water and fire.
The metaphor of nature is simple, and it’s one we can all relate to and easily understand. The addition of communication tools, and examples of behaviours manifested by each element are extremely helpful, particularly, I think, for those in leadership.
I knew that attending the course would help me, but I didn’t realise that it would change my life! That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s absolutely true.
TetraMap taught me so much. One of the statements that stood out was this: “Using TetraMap gives you an understanding of our behaviours and with that understanding comes acceptance.”
The fact that we can learn to accept behaviours may sound simple, but how many of us actually put that into practice?
I was telling a friend last week about TetraMap and how he needs to get in his life and in his organisation. He said, “Wow, you have become a TetraMap evangelist!” Well yes, I guess that’s true.
I honestly believe that this is the best learning tool and framework I have come across in the 15 years of my career and everyone should absolutely experience it!
So, if you haven’t already and you’re sat reading this wondering what on earth am I going on about, take a look at these blogs from people who have also experienced TetraMap:
- Be more fire, by guest blogger Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
- Do you prefer directions or a map? by James Farrow
- How TetraMap gave me a good dose of self-awareness, by Nuala Ryan