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Growth Edge Coaching

Have you been looking for ways to grow yourself or others around you, to be able to deal more thoughtfully, creatively and even joyfully with the massive rise of complexity and uncertainty that today’s world provides? 

Growth Edge Coaching is for coaches, leadership development experts, leaders, and other humans who are interested in this transformational change. For more than fifteen years, we have used our deep expertise and experience to show others practical ways to have deeper conversations, to ask better questions, and to support real and lasting change. Come learn with us!

Jennifer Garvey Berger’s much-acclaimed book Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World, based on adult development theory (also known as vertical development), describes a way of coaching developmentally, that stretches our way of meaning making and grows our capacity for perspective and complexity.

We call this Growth Edge Coaching! 

We invite you to explore this with us in a series of courses that will enable you to confidently coach developmentally, as well as become accredited as a Growth Edge Coach if you complete all three foundation courses.

Growth Edge Coaching consists of three courses that build upon each other:

Intro course: Conversations at the Edge

Conversations at the Edge will give you a framework for understanding adult development and how to use Growth Edge Coaching in your work.

From 19 June to 28 August 2024 Register Here

An advanced course:
Dancing at the Edge

Dancing at the Edge extends your depth of understanding and range of Growth Edge Coaching skills and will increase your confidence and competence in this work.

16 October to 20 November 2024 Register Here

5th February to 12th March 2025 Register Here

An advanced course:
Mapping the Edge

Mapping the Edge enables you to help your clients make sense of their meaning-making in a structured and detailed way, providing clients with an enriching foundation for their growth and development.

22 April – 29 July 2025 Register Here

Our programs are designed for internal practitioners as well as those serving clients and organizations externally and are frequently attended by leaders who are committed to developing themselves and those around them, even if they do not have a formal role as coach or HR professional. We typically have a range of human resource leaders, learning and development practitioners, organizational development professionals, as well as coaches and those wanting to build their coaching capability in our programs. All are welcome and we know from feedback and previous participants that as long as you are keen to learn, you will find this a professionally valuable and personally enriching program. 

On completion of all three programs, you will have completed the learning requirements of a qualified Growth Edge Coach. After the introductory course Conversations at the Edge, you can take Mapping the Edge and Dancing at the Edge in any order. The Mapping at the Edge course takes you in-depth, while the Dancing at the Edge enables you to integrate the methods into your coaching practice.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredits the programs with continuing coaching education units (CCE’s) follows:

  • Conversations at the Edge: Core Competencies 21 units, Resource Development 19 units
  • Dancing the the Edge: Core Competencies 10 units, Resource Development 2 units
  • Mapping the Edge: Core Competencies 29 units, Resource Development 7units

Growth Edge Coaching Courses

Conversations at the Edge

19 June to 28 August 2024
Register Here

You explore how you and others make meaning from their experiences. When we listen to others’ sense-making, we do so through our own sense-making. Growth Edge Coaching raises a plethora of new questions, beyond consisting of a set of ideas and tools.

You know those conversations that open up entirely new possibilities? Where a question opens up a whole new vista of perspectives? In this course, we offer a new form of listening and questioning that will open up a new kind of curiosity for you as you have conversations with your clients – or your partner, your kids, or others. Learn the difference between the content of someone’s thinking and the structure of someone’s sense-making. 

We slow down the process of conversations—reading interviews, engaging in deep conversations together, and feeling what it’s like to be on our growing edge. And because sense-making is more than a cognitive experience, we use our whole bodies as we explore, paying attention to our thinking, feelings, and sensations.

The course builds on the first three chapters of Jennifer Garvey Berger’s book, Changing on the Job: Developing leaders for a complex world. That introduces sense-making and outlines how that can help enhance executive coaching.

The course can be taken independently and would serve as a foundation for applying sense-making as well as adult development theory, vertical development, and meaning-making. The International Coach Federation (IFC) accredits this course with continuing coaching education units (CCE) Core Competencies 21, Resource Development 19.

Conversations at the Edge was previously called Conversations at the Growing Edge.

Dancing at the Edge

16 October to 20 November 2024 Register Here

5th February to 12th March 2025 Register Here

You start integrating Growth Edge Coaching into your existing coaching practices. You practice stepping out of traditional coaching and helping clients explore their sense-making, asking different questions, taking multiple perspectives, and noticing patterns.

In this course, we practice weaving developmental approaches throughout your conversations and coaching sessions, to discover the sometimes invisible patterns inside the way people experience particular dilemmas.

Once we see the patterns, we can help expand the solution space for our clients, helping them discover new possibilities in themselves and the situations they face. As with all of our courses, we practice as we learn, exploring our own sense-making as we understand the sense-making of others. This module also includes discussion and practice of specific coaching approaches that might be helpful with clients who seem to be in particular developmental transitions.

Completing the Conversation at the Edge course is a prerequisite for participating in the Dancing at the Edge course. The International Coach Federation (IFC) accredits this course with continuing coaching education units (CCE), Core Competencies 10, Resource Development 2.

Dancing at the Edge was previously called Psychologically Spacious Coaching.

Mapping the Edge

5th February to 12th March 2025 Register Here

You learn to conduct the Growth Edge Interview process, which helps people explore the edges of their growth. You practice the unique interview technique, study interview transcripts, and experience debriefing a Growth Edge Interview.

Once you begin to explore growing edges, you might want to have conversations with your clients about the way they see the world. Knowing how helpful this set of ideas and theories is to your own development, the next thing you’re likely to want to do is to share it. 

In this a practical and highly-applied course in which we practice all of the components of the Growth Edge Coaching process: conducting a full Growth Edge Interview, creating an exploratory narrative to share with your client, and talking with your client about their developmental trajectory. Many of us have found this approach to be an extremely helpful way to begin a coaching engagement, creating the conditions for a deeply developmental mindset right from the start.

And because you’ll have a turn being both client and coach in this practice, you’ll get the benefits of experiencing some Growth Edge Coaching of your own and understanding the true developmental power of this process.

Completing the first two courses is a prerequisite for participating in the Mapping the Edge course. The International Coach Federation (IFC) accredits this course with continuing coaching education units (CCE) Core Competencies 29, Resource Development 7.

Mapping the Edge was previously called Expanding Client Horizons Openly.

Faculty Bios

Jennifer Garvey Berger

Vernice Jones

Patrice Laslett

Carolyn Coughlin

Rodney Howard