The Tipu Ake ki te Ora Lifecycle
We share Tipu Ake - an easily applied,
and action focussed organic leadership model that exploits
Kiwi style teamwork.
Resources provided include: downloadable
model information, stories,
application case studies,
an organisational self-assessment
tool, seminars, workshops,
retreats and a "learning
community" of users to help you grow a better future
for all. A video presentation
is available in many libraries in New Zealand and Internationally.
This radical behavioural model can be
used by any organisation, project, group, team, or even
family that needs to make new things happen. A fundamental
premise of Tipu Ake is that participants start with
an examination of themselves, then share their knowledge
and listen to other's perspectives so all become wiser.
Tipu Ake is a holistic leadership model
that encompassses and extends
many other current management thinking and tools.
See links to other
The seven level model covers in its middle
level (3) the strong process focus that characterises
the management of most organisations, with the other
levels incorporating radical thinking on chaos, innovation,
leadership, courage, vision, stakeholders, team commitment,
change information sharing, learning, responsiveness,
agility, values and sustainability. It encourages us
to think well beyond project risk management, capitalising
on opportunities that move us towards the future we
seek to grow. It is a framework that gives a wider perspective
on leadership principles and knowledge. It demonstrates
those project management / team and organisational behaviours
that deliver real outcomeas.
The Tipu Ake Lifecycle is based on the
simple, but very powerful, natural analogy of a tree
growing in a forest ,whose growth is subject to "pests"
that attempt to constrain it and more importantly "birds" the entrepreneurs of the forest that
plant multitudes of seeds to create a long term future for the
species. "Poisons" are super pests that inhibit
the process of germination. It can be applied at any
level in any organisation to help make a well future
Its organic approach is far from being
soft and cuddly; it is a pragmatic roadmap for survival
that suits organisations competing in a global marketplace.
It capitalises on the same "WE can do" Kiwi
culture that Peter Blake and Team NZ did, (something
that is too often left buried deep under colonising
management practices imported from beyond our shores)!
Tipu Ake includes an organisational assessment
tool to allow people to assess where they are, question
their assumptions, benchmark their organizational behaviours
against others, and start making some radical changes
for a better future.
How was it produced?
It was inspired by the transformation
of Te Whaiti school. Here
a proactive unemployed (decile one) Maori community
called on its own internal strength and traditional
wisdom to grow its school from failure and imminent
closure to the top of its class.
and unique processes were captured after the event in
Tipu Ake by a team of volunteers from Te Whaiti, the
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and other NZ
organisations. Many young students at AUT and other
volunteers are now working together on a range of innovative
projects (including this website) to help them share
All intellectual property and copyright
of Tipu Ake will belong for all time at the place Te
Whaiti Nui-a-Toi. The people there are its Kaitiaki
(Guardians). Acknowledgement is by koha
(a gift in return based on its value to you).
Its full name is Tipu Ake ki te Ora (growing
ever upwards towards Wellbeing). It is gifted to the
world, dedicated to the wellbeing of all its future
own copy of the Tipu Ake Lifecycle (pdf) and Powerpoint
Try it and contact
us to tell us if it worked for you; if not still tell
us so we can learn more ourselves.