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Natural Solutions To Everyday Challenges

Natural Solutions To Everyday Challenges | TetraMap UK
Friday, 9 December 2016
Anne Clews - Director TetraMap UK

I recently discovered this article on personal growth “26 Powerful Lessons to Learn from Nature” It beautifully captures how we can look to nature to find creative solutions to many challenges we face.

"I'm not trying to imitate nature, I’m just trying to find the principles she is using”

Buckminster R Fuller

 Inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and a desire to simplify the complex, the creators of TetraMap use the rich metaphor of nature to help us to understand and appreciate difference.  The elements, Earth, Air, water and Fire are used to represent the natural behaviours we use to interact with each other.

Even though there are strong contrasts in environments around the world, we can relate to our own experience of the richness of nature. Spending time in nature is a sure way to boost mental and physical well being and when we take time to look to nature for inspiration, the solutions to many challenges can be found.

 In our workshops we apply TetraMap’s four lessons from Nature:

 Value diversity:  In nature all the elements have an equal part to play, there is no hierarchy and all are necessary for strength.  The eco system is naturally in balance and we are all aware of the impact on nature when we have too much or, not enough of one element. The same can apply to teams and organisations who do not respect or value difference.

Be sustainable: Nature never wastes and requires all 4 elements to survive. Organisations inspired by natures’ basic principles are resilient, sytems-based, values-led and adaptable

TetraMapUK|BlogWork inter-dependently: No one tells nature what to do, it just works.   There is a Native American  proverb which says, “no tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves” Imagine a team naturally aligned with a common purpose and an organisation with teams that are connected, rather than siloed and, often competitive.

Create synergy: Aristotle said that“The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”  In other words, when two or more people or organisations combine their efforts, they can accomplish more together than they can separately.  We see the power of synergy when teams are encouraged to combine their natural energy to accomplish more with less.

In our view, all Elements are equally important and by valuing the natural diversity in our teams, and using all four lenses to encourage creative thinking, we will achieve stronger and more sustainable outcomes.   

Anne will be speaking at our Igniting Strengths conference on 13th July 2017. For more information about this event and how to become a certified facilitator click here


"To date I've facilitated 24 TetraMap sessions since being accredited, each session bringing different learning and understanding every time.  I've witnessed some  momentous 'lightbulb' moments for some people, which makes my day.  The biggest win for me with TetraMap is that it's just so applicable in the workplace, delegates remember their preference, and are still having discussion about it 6 months down the line."

- Ally Wightman
Senior Leadership Development Consultant, Telefonica UK

"I always choose TetraMap as the model of behaviour because the feedback from delegates consistently reflects a positive experience and extremely high application back in the 'real world'.  It's reassuring to be approached by delegates from years gone by to be told how the experience has changed their lives for the better, both inside and outside of work."

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Training Consultant

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- Ben Long
Trainer, BSkyB

"We are delighted with the results which speak for themselves.  TetraMap is the most memorable take away from the Ignite programme.  We have used the model in our management training to help improve coaching skills, communication skills and how to recognise how the different elements behave under stress.  This has been invaluable in helping our managers develop their teams more effectively."

- Tessa Roff
Training Manager, Nationwide Building Society

TetraMap is probably one of the most power and simple tools I have come across to get people, teams and communities working together constructively and with massive speed and accuracy.

- Jacques Marais. Executive Chairman, IPMS Global