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Advanced virtual course formerly called Psychologically Spacious Coaching (PSC)

Dancing at the Edge

08 February to 15 March 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 am New Zealand Time

Delivered by

Patrice Laslett, Carolyn Coughlin, Jennifer Garvey Berger & Rodney Howard

Fee range

US $999.00 (Standard Fee) -- We offer a self-selected reduced fee of US $250.00 for participants who belong to historically underrepresented groups, e.g., people of colour, indigenous people, those outside the western business paradigm.

Contact Person

Issa Borromeo


Six live virtual sessions, 120-minutes each
IMPORTANT: Participants must attend ALL live sessions.

About Dancing at the Edge

In this workshop, we create and practice new ways of using developmental ideas throughout a coaching engagement. This allows you to ask different questions and support your clients in new ways without actually conducting a complete Growth Edge Interview or preparing a formal report. We explore ways you can weave Growth Edge ideas throughout your conversations with clients to find the subject/object distinctions in the way clients experience particular dilemmas. Then we use that new information to help expand the solution space for our clients. As with all of our workshops, we practice as we learn, exploring our own sensemaking as we understand the sensemaking 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.


Accessibility & Fees

The standard workshop fee is US $999.00

We offer a self-selected reduced fee of US $250.00 for participants who belong to historically underrepresented groups, e.g., people of color, indigenous people, and those outside the western business paradigm.

We also offer a resit fee of US $499.00 for those who wants to take the course as refresh.

For questions or assistance, please reach out to Issa at issa@cultivatingleadership.com



Dates & Time

Each session will run for 2 hours, and participants are required to attend ALL Live Sessions.

Display the dates and times for:

Session 1 8th February, 2023 8:00 am
Session 2 15th February, 2023 8:00 am
Session 3 22nd February, 2023 8:00 am
Session 4 1st March, 2023 8:00 am
Session 5 8th March, 2023 8:00 am
Session 6 15th March, 2023 8:00 am

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.

Faculty Bios

Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin is passionate about supporting people, including the leaders with whom she works, not only to grow into their biggest selves, but also to live as fully as they can. She was introduced to the idea of adult development about 15 years ago shortly after leaving her career as a management consultant, and it was love at first sight. Carolyn believes that by paying attention to the ways we and our clients make sense of the world, it’s possible to uncover new ways to see differently, to be differently, to take different actions, and to live into the fullest version of ourselves and our lives—and expanding our possibilities to impact the world in increasingly positive ways. With her fellow Cultivating Leadership partner Jennifer, Carolyn co-designed and runs the Growth Edge Certification series, an endeavor that continues to provide her with endless joy and learning. She also has a keen interest in supporting women to step into leadership positions in greater numbers so that we might finally achieve the power parity toward which we’ve been (slowly) moving over the last century. She writes and talks about developmental coaching, why and how it can be such a powerful support to growth, and how, in particular, she thinks it might hold promise for shifting the gender imbalance in our leadership ranks. Carolyn has also become increasingly interested in the role of the whole self, the realm of sensation and emotion, and how those, together with language, can be powerful ways into both noticing and intervening our own and our clients’ meaning-making patterns. Following that thread, Carolyn has recently, together with her colleague, Doug Silsbee, co-designed and run several workshops (live and virtual) called Language, the Body, and the Bell Jar: Integrated Linguistic and Somatic Coaching as a Catalyst for Presence, designed to help coaches develop an integrated mind/body/linguistic approach to developmental coaching. Carolyn’s first love is coaching, but she also spends a good chunk of her time supporting leaders through developmentally-oriented leadership programs designed to help them find new ways to see and lead in complexity. Carolyn has an AB in economics from Brown University, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute. She lives on the campus of a boarding school in New Jersey with her husband and three teenagers, spends summers in a little cabin on a lake in New York, and spends as much time as possible New Zealand.

Patrice Laslett

Patrice believes that today’s world needs leaders who can thrive in complexity and that with the right support and challenge, they can grow the ability to do just that. To that end she specialises in coaching, consulting and facilitating programs that help coaches and leaders, individuals and groups, develop in ways that increase their fitness for both the complexity of work and the challenges of life. Patrice has worked with people all around the globe in many different industries including technology, government services, not for profits, insurance, financial services and consulting firms. Along with Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin, Patrice is one of the core faculty for the Growth Edge Coaching certification program. As a coach Patrice believes clients thrive when they are supported to bring their whole selves to the table and then challenged to explore the unfamiliar territory of who they are becoming. Within individual or group coaching conversations, and in leadership programs her clients experience a better understanding of what has been true for them up until now, and they develop an expanded view of what is possible. She supports her clients to make lasting changes as they explore and push their growing edges. She facilitates the conversations that clients want to have—or the more difficult ones they need to have. Patrice loved being on the innovative leadership team of Cultivating Leadership for 4 years as they developed ways to work consciously with complexity principles and to walk their own talk. She is still Director of Cultivating Leadership Australia and has stepped off the leadership team to explore leadership from the edges of a system and to free up time for developing new ideas. With a Masters in Organisational Psychology and registration with the Psychology Board of Australia she is also deeply interested in neuroscience, the links between mind and body, and ways that we can heal and grow through applying complexity thinking to the complex adaptive system of us as humans. When not working Patrice loves to spend time with her husband and 3 adult children and their partners and enjoying life with friends especially if it involves being near or on the water and eating healthy and delicious food.

Jennifer Garvey Berger

Jennifer believes that leadership is one of the most vital renewable resources in the world. In this topsy-turvy time, when uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity are raging, we need a new form of leadership for a new era. While it might be natural to experience these swirling currents of change as a threatening force to be survived or an inconvenience to be managed, those who will lead us into the future see complexity as the natural state of the world. These leaders use the forces of change to cultivate new possibilities for their people, their organisations, their communities, and the environment. If we want organisations where people are thriving and bringing their best, we need leaders who are learning. To that end, Jennifer designs and teaches leadership programs, coaches senior teams, and supports new ways of thinking about strategy and people. In her three highly acclaimed books, Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps, Simple Habits for Complex Times (co-authored with Keith Johnston), and Changing on the Job, Jennifer builds on deep theoretical knowledge to offer practical ways to make leaders’ work more meaningful and their lives more fun. Jennifer has worked with senior leaders in the private, non-profit, and government sectors around the world (like Novartis, Google, KPMG, Intel, Microsoft, Wikimedia, and the New Zealand Department of Conservation). Jennifer also supports executives one-on-one as a leadership coach. Over the last decade, Jennifer has developed the Growth Edge Coaching approach. She supports clients to find their current growing edge and then make choices about how they want to develop. She teaches coaches around the world transformational and developmental coaching approaches in her Growth Edge Coaching certification series. Jennifer speaks at leadership and coaching conferences, and she offers occasional courses for coaches at universities all over the world like Harvard University, the University of Sydney, and Oxford Brookes University. Jennifer has a masters and a doctorate from Harvard University. Eschewing work/life balance for a life that feels like fun across the board, Jennifer loves to write, to scuba dive, and to roll on the floor with her dogs. Formerly an associate professor at George Mason University, Jennifer learned about deep change more than a decade ago when she turned down the tenure offer and moved to a small seaside village in New Zealand with her husband, two kids, and the family dog. While she still considers herself a Kiwi by choice, Jennifer opened her European chapter when she and her family moved to central London in 2018.

Rodney Howard

Rodney sees himself primarily as a facilitator of individual and collective growth. He brings an abiding interest in our journey of becoming to leadership and organisational development and is passionate about the importance of this work in assisting us to create meaning in our individual and collective endeavours. When first introduced to adult development and complexity practices, he felt as though he had finally discovered a language and way of thinking that he had been looking for all his life. Rodney has facilitated leadership and organisational development in global organisations and professional service firms for over two decades. Preferring to partner with clients over long periods, he develops bespoke approaches that enable leadership development and cultural evolution to occur simultaneously. Rodney worked as a medical doctor for over a decade. His career transition to become a facilitator, coach and educator was borne of a deep desire to work specifically with individual growth and organisational transformation. He is accredited with both The Leadership Circle and Human Synergistics suite of tools, is a certified coach with IECL and is presently completing certification as a Growth Edge coach. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University, Australia. Rodney loves travel and the opportunity to immerse himself in different cultural landscapes. Closer to home, anything to do with gardening and constructing things out of wood help ground him and keep him centred, while embedded in family life with three teenage young men.