This is a great model for using an indigenous process
in a business setting. It has created a lot of interest
at the Auckland University of Technology, offering
an alternative way of achieving goals and managing
projects in a holistic way that honours Maori. Tipu
Ake draws on the beautiful examples of Aotearoa's
ecosystems as a way for us to work collectively
to become fulfilled individuals and communities.
Andrew Melville, University Relations, AUT,
I visited your website and I am intrigued with
your model and its deep cultural origins. I would
be interested in hearing more about how the model
plays out in organizations. Yes I believe you are
correct that a distributed leadership approach is
compatible with The Extremophile Response.(See
Eileen Clegg, Research Affiliate, Institute
for the Future, USA, Oct 2002
I enjoyed the chance to explore new ideas and to
get a framework to manage my ideas without being
constrained by it - e.g. Tipu Ake
The thought leadership of in the area of viewing
how an organisation really operates was excellent.
The Tipu Ake model helps give a framework that encompasses
all of life, not just work
Anonymous appraisals from two
people on PM workshops 23-26 Sep 2002
I am greatly impressed by the Tipu Ake Lifecycle
because I believe this model offers our organizations
a unique way of getting the best out of the scientific
method and the oral traditions. As Capra puts it
«...human language, being of a symbolic nature,
centrally involves the communication of meaning,
and (...) human action flows from the meaning that
we attribute to our surroundings». That is
why the holistic Maori concept of Ora and its values
is crucial if we hope to succeed in dealing with
global environmental and social issues.
Andree Mathieu, Quebec, Canada
As I lose my attachment to my "old" knowledge
and move on, the new opportunities pop up. The type
of opportunities reflect where I am at in my understandings.
There seems to be deep metaphysical principles at
work that the Te Whaiti people knew about which
we are only just getting in-touch with. We have
much to learn. The scientific thinking now emerging
from quantum physics suggests that all reality is
a hologram, implying we are all interacting together
as one which takes us much closer to how life works
and why Tipu Ake works.
Evatt, Poovoo, Finland 2004
"This was the best session
I attended at 2004 PMI. I am OD’d on process
and ingenuity. I need the effective vs. efficient
distinction. Absolutely will follow up on the web
"Very interesting, non-traditional approach.
I understand if others did not like it. Not everyone
is ready/likes non-conforming approaches. I really
enjoyed. It is thought provoking. Thank you".
"Greatly appreciated. Refreshing innovative
session. Stimulates thinking."
Anonymous feedback after paper
at PMI Global Forum , Anahiem Oct 2004
"In the plane I used the time
to study your Tipu Ake paper , which I found quite
interesting as due to my experience in most large
organisations the spirit is quite opposite to the
Tipu Ake approach. It seems to me that the main
reason for that is that in general people in such
organisations always have in mind their particular
individual objectives but not a joint one. This
leads in the very next step to a syndrome, I like
to call : "This is outside your responsibility,
we don't handle this!", i.e. proposals from
other persons/departments on how to solve a problem
will not be accepted. (You can call it also: "Not
invented here"). I'm not quite sure whether
this is an outcome of the western approach that
everybody has to be measured by his personal achievements
instead of what the team he/she is in has achieved,
but I guess that this type of thinking we are establishing
already in children's' heads is the real problem.
(By the way, this would explain, why team management
without so-called leadership is not really accepted
as a value contribution in our economics ...) "
Klaus Vernie, Germany.
www.dagama-sourcing.de Jan 2005
"Most valuable - would recommend it to colleagues as it would be useful as a regular refresher for experienced PM's. People who could benefit include Analysts, Managers, Support/Corporate Coordinators and could be used for new project teams to focus on the top view etc"
"Great Course, very practical and timely for my job, very relevant for Policy people"
"The collaborative nature of the workshop helped me think outside my own industry / job to see other ways of thinking"
Participant on a PMSkills Workshop Wellington April 2007 (where Tipu Ake was included)