The work environment at edge

edge is growing! To help more businesses grow and impact more workplaces, we’re going to double our team in 2019! Have you ever thought about working in talent acquisition, a business advisory firm, or wondered what it takes to help organizations build high performing teams?  If your answer to these questions is yes, we are looking for you! So you’re interested, but moving to a new job is a big commitment, and we know you are cautiously thinking through which work environment fits you best and brings your talents out to shine. This article should answer most of your questions, but in case you’ve got any extra ones leftover, feel free to tweet us @edge_kenya  and we’ll be happy to respond! So, how is edge’s the work environment like? Actually, you have to come and experience it! But since you asked, here is a quick, three-word summary: Fast-paced – We support entrepreneurs in building great teams! Sounds easy? At edge you will need to stretch yourself and think outside the box to come up with and use creative approaches to address our client’s needs. Sometimes we have 2 hours to build something great for a client that others may require a week for. We work with mindsets like lean and prototyping to achieve our goals and deliver great value in no time. Constant learning – We are constantly seeking knowledge that enables us to improve our services and be our clients’ best partner. Key here is self-driven learning, being curious and inquisitive, using online resources, peers and the larger community to be at the top of new industries and...

What we love about our clients and why you should join us!

A young professional thinking of joining our team recently asked an interesting question: “What kind of clients do you work with, and which industries do you focus on?” The most exciting part about a job in business advisory is the diversity and exposure! Arguably, providing business growth services is the best job. The exposure you gain to a range of industries, business models and entrepreneurial journeys is just mind blowing. To illustrate the point: Last month, the edge team handled projects with clients in the financial services industry, rural development and business acceleration space. We also supported a sales company penetrating rural areas, a philanthropic funder of African homemade innovations, a community hospital in a slum, a foreign trade organization, AND a science-focussed secondary school. Yeah, exactly! Imagine the conversations over lunch! Being involved in several projects per quarter means intense learnings for each individual. It also means that you get to (and have to!) research and become an expert REALLY fast about new industries and realities! We learn so much from the kind of questions our clients wrestle with! As we network with potential clients, we have conversations to really understand their vision, model and approach. By the time we take on board a new client, we know they are inspiring leaders in their fields, entrepreneurs and risk-takers and have big dreams. Many of our clients create employment, make sure East Africans get the services and products they need, and over the years touch thousands of lives and livelyhoods. Instead of working transactionally, we build a deep, trusted and long-term relationship with our clients. Knowing that talent management...

What does Career Growth at edge look like?

No matter how you define it, career growth is crucial for personal satisfaction. Being able to contribute on increasing levels and mastering new skills and situtions boost your confidence. Staying engaged and excited in your day job keeps you healthy, as well! Nobody wants to feel stuck or stagnate. Our whole work environment is geared towards your growth The work at edge is very varied, and we deal with very challenging questions. At any point, edge employees are involved in various projects, so you will develop your personal effectiveness skills. You will master the technical skills and knowledge it takes to deliver value to an organization, be it in recruitment, team performance or other aspects of business growth. From Day 1, everyone here develops formal and informal influencing techniques, dealing with many different internal and external customers. Once you are confidently delivering, you could get to lead a project team. We borrow from cutting edge methods like agile teams, holacracy, NVC and practice strength-based talent management. At edge we apply design thinking and user-centric approaches in all aspects of what we do. We have a weekly practice to evaluate our work and results. You will also sharpen your communication skills as you interact with a wide range of managers, industry experts and decision makers during projects, forums or events. At edge, we give you the platform to be an entrepreneur, a consultant, a leader, an inventor, a business coach, and in the process, build amazing workplaces across East Africa. We look forward to welcoming you to the team! Our team loves the exposure, learning opportunities and feedback they gain. ...

Kickstart your career in recruitment

edge is growing! To help more businesses grow and impact more workplaces, we’re going to double our team in 2019! Have you ever thought about working in talent acquisition, do you get excited about finding the best talent to help an organization achieve its goals and are passionate about understanding someone’s skills, mindset and potential?  If your answer to these questions is yes, we are looking for you! Moving into a new job is a big step, and we know you’ve got some questions. This article should answer most of them, but in case you’ve got any extra ones leftover, feel free to tweet us @edge_kenya  and we’ll be happy to respond! What does a typical day look like for our recruitment team? Any day as a recruiter involves a wide variety of activities including digging yourself into a new industry, conducting interviews, LinkedIn headhunting, writing candidate reports, and meeting with clients to discuss project progress. The team handles nearly a dozen projects at a time, and the office can get pretty (well…) chaotic! One person could be having a phone interview with a candidate in Uganda, while someone else is assessing CVs that came in via email, and another is researching new networks we can tap to identify high-potential professionals who may not be aware of the job opportunities in fast-growing businesses. Teamwork is key in recruitment!  We constantly collaborate on different aspects of the talent acquisition process such as joint brainstorming sessions to think of creative ways to find great candidates, or giving each other feedback on the tools and processes we have developed to screen applicants....
Innovative companies need innovative people approaches – how we did it

Innovative companies need innovative people approaches – how we did it

It is thrilling for us in edge that we have reached this far: We were challenged to reinvent our organization, to be bolder and to deliver high contribution to the growth of businesses around the world. Our journey has been transformational: to our products, our business model and ourselves – we have faced the very challenges we support our clients in! But let’s start from the beginning. After extensive market research on performance related challenges across the startup ecosystem in Emerging Markets, we envisioned bringing innovative organizational management approaches to the space of fast-growing enterprises. We have prototyped a series of performance management solutions, leading to two achievements: First working on our own people-related systems, we implemented the best of holacracy, the idea of Flow, peer-coaching and others in order to build an agile organization that’s ready for growth. By developing and experimenting with these new methodologies for areas as internal debate, harnessing conflict, decision making, defining roles and accountabilities and coaching, we got away from traditional models with top-down solutions, strict titles and Job Descriptions. While the journey continues, we are now more responsive and agile, and we make decisions as public agreements using consent, much faster than consensus with higher buy-in than the good-old managerial decisions. We now find ourselves prepared to offer to implement those methodologies in our customers. It is an intense process which allows every business to take advantage of state-of-the-art methods to manage themselves towards a new performance level. Together with edge, over a dozen businesses have already started their journey towards more healthy, sustainable and effective ways of team performance. Leveraging diversity...

Reinventing the world of work – our journey as a growing business

Looking back at 2014 is a very proud moment in edge’s ten-year history. In just one year we achieved the transformation from a grant-based talent development and placement organization towards an organization delivering crucial support in unblocking business performance – and we’re well on track to profitability! Today we want to share some of our successes and learnings from our journey. Where are we in December? We had enthusiastic and constructive conversations with dozens of small and growing businesses in seven countries. CEOs, COOs and HR decision makers told us the value of spending time to discuss people performance in an analytical manner. One of our key products are diagnostics products, giving clear information on how well the team is set up to achieve performance. Especially in Latin America where we have rolled out diagnostics earlier in the year we have since started follow-up engagements to address some of the identified opportunities and threats. The top management of two companies have found it most helpful to cover talent related management topics in regular sessions over a full quarter, in turn allowing them to feel safe while applying new approaches supporting the growth of the company. We are very grateful to be a trusted partner in a transition moment of a CEO role in one of our clients. Our bestseller has been the RightHire product in various facets: Some companies value our expertise in creating a clear role profile, others ask for support in building attractive employer branding or the best tactics in targeting talent. Beyond traditional hiring products we’re excited to have implemented personality and team mapping thus setting...