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Growth Edge Coaching

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  • Virtual/Online Course

A three part course. Delve into the richness of adult development, expanding your ability to support others to navigate life’s complexities. Equip yourself with the insights and skills needed to lead, coach, and engage with other humans with depth, fostering meaningful growth and transformation in both your personal and professional life.

Conversations at the Edge: 14 hours over 10 weeks
Dancing at the Edge: 12 hours over 5 weeks
Mapping the Edge: 18 hours over 14 weeks

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Life brings us all the challenges we need to intentionally evolve. The difficulty is taking the struggles that come from the rising complexity, uncertainty, and conflict and using them for good, rather than being fatigued or paralyzed. Learning how to metabolize these challenges into growth is what will ultimately enable you to transform yourself and others around you.

Growth Edge Coaching is for coaches, leaders, and other humans who are interested in leadership development and transformational change. For more than fifteen years, we have used our deep expertise and experience 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! 

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

You can take our introductory class to transform your listening and questioning capacities or take all three courses, which will enable you to confidently coach developmentally, as well as become accredited as a Growth Edge Coach.

Intro course: Conversations at the Edge

Conversations at the Edge dives into conversations that open up entirely new realms of possibilities. This gateway course will take your listening and questioning skills to a new level, and deepen your understanding of adult development (aka vertical development).

An advanced course: Dancing at the Edge

Dancing at the Edge explores how you can make significant impacts with brief, targeted interventions. This advanced course teaches you to identify and navigate the patterns that influence how adults grow and change, enabling dynamic shifts in your coaching sessions.

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, effectively guiding them through their personal growth paths.

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 7 units
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Introductory Growth Edge Coaching course

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.

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An advanced Growth Edge Coaching course

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

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An advanced Growth Edge Coaching course

Start conversing with your clients about how they see the world using the Growth Edge Interview technique. Learn how to use this effective process to help people explore the edges of their growth.

Once you begin to explore growing edges, though, 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 share it. This is the course for you!

In this course, we move from having conversations at the edge to Mapping the Edge–with our clients. In this practical and highly-applied course, 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. 

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.

Do I have to take the three courses in the order they’re displayed in on the website?

Our intro course, Conversations at the Edge, is the prerequisite for our two advanced courses, and must be taken first. Afterwards, you are free to take the two advanced courses in any order you desire. That being said, we do consider Mapping at the Edge to be the most “challenging” of the three courses in terms of both content and time commitment.

I have gone through formal coaching training at a different program already. Do I still need to start with the intro course, Conversations at the Edge?

Yes, you still need to take Conversations at the Edge despite any previous trainings you have done. We have experimented with this in the past, and found that nothing else can replicate the learning from this course, especially when it comes to the small-group work that is central to the Growth Edge Coaching experience.

How is this different to Bob Kegan’s Subject Object Interview (SOI)?

The Growth Edge Coaching approach is built on the foundation of Robert Kegan’s Subject-Object Interview (SOI) alongside Jane Loevinger’s theory of ego development, as interpreted by Bill Torbert and Suzann Cook-Greuter. Unlike the SOI, which primarily served as a research method, the Growth Edge process emphasizes practical application, making it more useful for creating the possibilities for development. For deeper insights into the distinctions between the two see, “Changing on the Job: Developing leaders for complex times” by Jennifer Garvey Berger (Chapter 3).

I want to take a course but I can’t afford it. Do you offer discounts?

We have made significant efforts to make sure our courses are priced fairly compared to other offerings in this market, while maintaining the value that these courses offer, both to our faculty and to you as a participant. That being said, we do not want price to be a barrier in attending, and work to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to pricing. Please reach out directly if the cost is prohibitive for you.

Do I have to read Changing on the Job before taking the courses?

Chapters 1-3 of Changing on the Job are currently required pre-reading for Conversations at the Edge.

What happens if I miss a live session in the course I’m attending?

In many cases, it is possible to watch the session recording and complete a session learnings form to make up for the missed live session. Homework will always need to be completed in-between sessions.  Attendance at live sessions is compulsory for Dancing at the Edge – please do not register if you think you will miss a session.

Registration

This course is available on these dates. Select an item to see individual session dates and times:

Introduction to Growth Edge Coaching

Virtual course

Virtual course

Jul 2nd, 2024  /  10:0011:00am  /  New York (EDT)

  • Dates & Time

    Jul 2nd, 2024

    10:0011:00am  /  New York (EDT)

  • Fee

    Free

  • Pre requisites

    None

  • Sessions

    WebinarJuly 2nd, 202410:00am1 hour
  • Format

    A one hour virtual session

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Conversations at the Edge

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Sep 17th Nov 26th, 2024  /  11:001:00pm  /  New York (EDT)

  • Dates & Time

    Sep 17th Nov 26th, 2024

    11:001:00pm  /  New York (EDT)

  • Fee

    USD $999

    We are offering an Early Bird Fee of USD $999 until 6th August.
    Thereafter full price of USD $1250.

  • Pre requisites

    None

  • Sessions

    Session 1September 17th, 202411:00am2 hours
    Session 2October 1st, 202411:00am2 hours
    Q&A 1October 14th, 202411:00am1 hour
    Session 3October 15th, 202411:00am2 hours
    Session 4October 29th, 202411:00am2 hours
    Session 5November 12th, 202411:00am2 hours
    Q&A 2November 25th, 202411:00am1 hour
    Session 6November 26th, 202411:00am2 hours
  • Format

    The course consists of six 2-hour, live virtual sessions and two live virtual 1-hour Q&A sessions. Between sessions, there is an hour or so of solo work plus about an hour meeting with an assigned trio (which is supported by a Peer Support Coach).

    The first three chapters of Jennifer Garvey Berger’s book Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World form a foundation and are mandatory pre-reading.

    Meeting with your assigned trio buddies between sessions is essential, and you need to commit to this part of the workshop for your own learning and to support your group. There will also be a small amount of solo work between sessions that will help you get the most out of the live virtual sessions.

    If you cannot attend a live session you may listen to the recording of the live session, complete the group work, then complete a form to demonstrate learning. This is essential if you want to complete the workshop to receive ICF credits or attend advanced Growth Edge Coaching workshops.

    The facilitated sessions use the ZOOM platform, which participants can download and use free of charge.

    You must complete the course to receive ICF credits.

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Dancing at the Edge

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Oct 16th Nov 20th, 2024  /  1:003:00pm  /  Sydney (AEDT)

  • Dates & Time

    Oct 16th Nov 20th, 2024

    1:003:00pm  /  Sydney (AEDT)

  • Fee

    USD $999

    We are offering an Early Bird Fee of USD $999 until 17th August.
    Thereafter full price of USD $1250.

  • Pre requisites

    Conversations at the Edge

  • Sessions

    Session 1October 16th, 20241:00pm2 hours
    Session 2October 23rd, 20241:00pm2 hours
    Session 3October 30th, 20241:00pm2 hours
    Session 4November 6th, 20241:00pm2 hours
    Session 5November 13th, 20241:00pm2 hours
    Session 6November 20th, 20241:00pm2 hours
  • Format

    Six weekly 2-hour sessions via Zoom. Attendance at live sessions is mandatory for course completion and ICF credits.

    Notes

    Because we believe diversity is crucial to our personal, professional, and collective development, we intentionally invite participants from various backgrounds and from different sectors and geographies. The fee might be overwhelming for some, and we can consider offering some individuals interested a discount. Contact Patrice@Cultivatingleadership.com to discuss a reduced fee.

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Dancing at the Edge

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Feb 5th Mar 12th, 2025  /  11:001:00pm  /  New York (EST)

  • Dates & Time

    Feb 5th Mar 12th, 2025

    11:001:00pm  /  New York (EST)

  • Fee

    USD $999

    We are offering an Early Bird Fee of USD $999 until 5th December.
    Thereafter full price of USD $1250.

  • Pre requisites

    Conversations at the Edge

  • Sessions

    Session 1February 5th, 202511:00am2 hours
    Session 2February 12th, 202511:00am2 hours
    Session 3February 19th, 202511:00am2 hours
    Session 4February 26th, 202511:00am2 hours
    Session 5March 5th, 202511:00am2 hours
    Session 6March 12th, 202511:00am2 hours
  • Format

    Six weekly 2-hour sessions via Zoom. Attendance at live sessions is mandatory for course completion and ICF credits.

    Notes

    Because we believe diversity is crucial to our personal, professional, and collective development, we intentionally invite participants from various backgrounds and from different sectors and geographies. The fee might be overwhelming for some, and we can consider offering some individuals interested a discount. Contact Patrice@Cultivatingleadership.com to discuss a reduced fee.

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Mapping the Edge

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Virtual course delivered by Zoom

Apr 22nd Jul 29th, 2025  /  7:009:00am  /  Sydney (AEST)

  • Dates & Time

    Apr 22nd Jul 29th, 2025

    7:009:00am  /  Sydney (AEST)

  • Fee

    USD $1250

    We are offering an Early Bird Fee of USD $1250 until 22nd February.
    Thereafter full price of USD $1500.

  • Pre requisites

    Conversations at the Edge

  • Sessions

    Session 1April 22nd, 20257:00am2 hours
    Session 2May 6th, 20257:00am2 hours
    Session 3May 20th, 20257:00am2 hours
    Session 4June 3rd, 20257:00am2 hours
    Session 5June 10th, 20257:00am2 hours
    Q&A 1June 17th, 20257:00am1 hour
    Session 6June 24th, 20257:00am2 hours
    Q&A 2July 1st, 20257:00am1 hour
    Session 7July 15th, 20257:00am2 hours
    Session 8July 29th, 20257:00am2 hours
  • Format

    Eight 2-hour sessions via Zoom, plus two 1-hour Q&A sessions, plus between session work in trios. Trio work is essential to complete the course. Completion of the workshop is mandatory for course completion and ICF credits.

    Notes

    Because we believe diversity is crucial to our personal, professional, and collective development, we intentionally invite participants from various backgrounds and from different sectors and geographies. The fee might be overwhelming for some, and we can consider offering some individuals interested a discount. Contact Marcus Howard at gecoaching@cultivatingleadership.com to discuss a reduced fee.

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Cancellation & Terms

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.