What is your growing edge?
I often ask this question to bring a personal, living focus to the learning process. Some people hearing this question intuitively know what is being asked. If you are not among them, and are perhaps perplexed by the question, let me explain.
Each of us is in some way working to expand our capacities. We may be improving task-related skills, cultivating interpersonal or character strengths, gaining ability in a creative medium for personal fulfillment, increasing our health and fitness, or growing in some other arena.
Typically each of us has a drive to grow in several different areas at once. The question about your growing edge seeks to identify: What is most vibrant or alive for you at this moment?
Once I asked this question of a young teacher who had applied for a job. She initially laughed nervously, unsure about how to impress me — as a potential employer — with her answer. Yet she caught herself in that line of thinking, processed the question a bit more, and suddenly looked directly at me. “That’s a really excellent question,” she said, and went on to talk openly about the challenge of finding a job that not only used her skills but was truly connected with her sense of purpose in life. In identifying her growing edge, our interaction suddenly moved from formal to authentic.
Educational Design Associates is dedicated to that growing edge and authenticity, both in individuals and in organizations.
Like individuals, each nonprofit agency, school, faith organization, or other group has a growing edge. Occasionally this edge is reflected in a strategic plan that is collaboratively generated and actually used to guide action. More often, the edge is less clearly defined and understood. Appropriately managing their growing edge is how healthy organizations transform themselves and move to new levels of capacity. Failure by directors, trustees, and lead administrators to attend to the growing edge can be limiting or even catastrophic.
We hold that each individual is a growing, evolving person, and that each organization is a developing web of human and material resources. Educational Design Associates serves the growing edge in both individuals and groups.
You will find that transformative change is possible through our use of intentionally crafted needs identification, process facilitation, program development, and trainings. Taking your work to the next level is our specialty and our passion!
— Daniel Kirkpatrick, Lead Designer, Educational Design Associates
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