Olive Strachan North West Export Champion 2016
Inspiring Business North West
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I have been a certified TetraMap®  Facilitator for 10 years I have found it to be an engaging model that lends itself to transforming team performance but also works well when used in one to one coaching situations. TetraMap® was created in New Zealand and it offers structured training tools which improve communication and consolidates unity and effectiveness.  It Maps the complexity of nature into four basic Elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Then, using the power of metaphor we apply the map to human behaviour.  It supports us to choose a balanced, holistic perspective; whether it is to improve relationships, strengthen teamwork clarify a corporate vision, or provide a framework for organisational development.

Having worked internationally for some years one of the criticisms that delegates make is that some of the profiling tools do not lend themselves to diverse audiences. Another criticism is that often after completing a personality profiling exercise they soon forget what the outcomes were and how it reflects on how they work with others.  Once when I was delivering a session using TetraMap® in Portugal, one of the delegates approached me and said ‘Ahh so we are all different, and it is ok to be different because ultimately we complement each other and our differences make us part of the whole!’  He got it!

Most recently I have utilised the ‘TetraMap®’booklet called ‘Why are you like that’ whilst working with a coachee who could not understand why his Manager was always seeking to build their brand externally and was always looking for recognition from wider stakeholders. Once we had completed the tool together and discussed how the elements worked and the key traits of each one it allowed him some insight into his Manager’s behaviour thus reducing conflict in their relationship.

As a HR/Learning and Development Professional and Coach - I have often found it works well with audiences from both the Private and Public Sectors promoting harmony and understanding amongst diverse groups. It also works well with my ‘Reflective Coaching’ we use the tool to promote self-awareness prior to our coaching session outside. Where we utilise the beauty of nature to broaden and deepen the coaching experience allowing the coachee to understand that the only limitation to achieving their goal is their own self-belief.

TetraMap® is a registered trademark of TetraMap International in New Zealand and other countries

If you've ever been to see a business coach or mentor, the session most likely took place in an office. There's nothing especially wrong with that, of course, but as any office worker will tell you, it can be quite a stifling, claustrophobic environment. That goes double in a one-on-one situation like mentoring; sitting in a room, face-to-face with your new business coach, can be quite and intense (and even unpleasant experience).

We at OSR love trying new approaches to our work, and we recently hit upon a new idea - namely, using the local environment to enhance the coaching experience. Receiving advice for your business is a far more edifying experience when you're walking around a lake or enjoying the sunshine, and now that the weather has (gradually) started to improve, this could be a great approach for OSR and its clients.

Read more about this approach on Industry Today.

An Opportunity to shape our programme for 2014/2015

In my position of Chair I am often asked by our members how we construct our programme of events for you. Well it is a yearlong activity culminating in the whole committee which consists of 20 strong volunteers from various backgrounds getting together to produce a programme that is innovative, creative and interesting.

We have also been tasked by CIPD Wimbledon to find local projects that could have an impact on improving better work and working lives.

This year we would like our members to get involved in helping us to shape our activities for 2014/15.

With this in mind we have compiled a questionnaire and it takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. This questionnaire is specifically for CIPD Manchester only, we are seeking to understand what your requirements are from us and how we can improve our offering to you.

Please click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ManchesterBranchMembersSurvey2014 

This workshop is provided by OSR, and it is aimed at leaders who want to inspire their teams to work together and who can deliver results and services better and more cost-effectively.

Course Date: 24th October

Book now to reserve your place.

"Olive provided very informative, exciting sessions on the Managing Skills training programme in Egypt. I benefitted from her expert knowledge and creative presenting. I would recommend Olive and the OSR Training Consultancy to any company or business who would like an injection of fresh ideas and fun in the complex art of management skills and training."

- Sue Cole, Director of Studies at British School, Melfi, Italy

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