What is Edge Learning?

Edge Learning is the core ingredient for success professionally and personally. Your Edge Learning skills have the most power and impact on your ability to grow, lead, influence, motivate, and make money. 

In order to not just survive, but thrive, you must be an Edge Learner. Edge Learners have adopted a growth mindset where they are eager to refine and expand their skills. Legendary entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, Walt Disney, Denise Coates; are all lifelong learners who are dedicated to their Edge Learning skills.

School debt is quickly reaching $2 trillion dollars in North America, Salaries are well below the cost of living, and job security – well it no longer exists. 

To succeed in the new economy, there is an emerging trend called Edge Learning, which is quickly being adopted by universities, high performance people, and disruptive companies.  

Edge learning is the continuous process of developing the peripheral skills that have the most impact on a person’s ability to obtain a successful and fulfilled life. Edge Learning is not about memorizing facts, instead it seeks to develop a person’s soft skills through real-world experiences and mentoring from leading experts and entrepreneurs.  

The two primary Edge Learning skill types are: 


  • Attitude
  • Purpose 
  • Confidence 
  • Motivation 
  • Ettiquette
  • Goal-setting 
  • Accountability 
  • Self Awareness
  • Belonging
  • Curiousity
  • Velocity
  • Perseverance
  • Resiliency
  • Adaptability
  • Perceptiveness
  • Personality


  • Personality 
  • Networking 
  • Teamwork 
  • Persuasion
  • Influence 
  • Cultural Etiquette 
  • Relationship Building  
  • Assessment 
  • Marketing
  • Personal Brand Management
  • Leadership 
  • Sales
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication 
  • Presentation 
  • Time Creation 
  • Validation (Certification) 

In order to not just survive but thrive in this new economy, Edge Learning is a way to augment a higher education as well as enhancing collegiate and post-collegiate degrees. Edge Learning is the process that Industry titans have tapped into for generations.

Edge Learners fully commit to the present while seeing through years ahead in order to define and achieve the best of the future. 

Edge Learners embrace today, but have an acute focus on the edges of opportunities to help them create objectives, understand their options, create possible alternatives scenarios and situations to determine the direction moving forward to achieve the milestones set to obtain the goals. 

Edge Learners recognize their success is dependent on the subtle skills required to develop outside of a formal education that makes the biggest impact on their success rate.  

A recent LinkedIn survey of 2,000 business leaders agreed. They found that more than half (57%) put soft skills, those Internal Edge Learning skills over hard skills ( External Edge Learning) when it comes to what they need their employees to develop to have a more successful career.

How are you being a better Edge Learning and mastering your Edge Learning skills?


Lisa Patrick
Results Driver | Strategic Thinker

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Jim Martyn | Canadian Brewhouse

Jim has always been a firm believer that you can teach a person anything, with the lone exception being purpose. Someone’s purpose, or the “why” behind their behaviour, particularly in a work setting, is entirely individual.

Jim Martyn, VP for The Canadian Brewhouse joins Lisa to discuss how to hire right. The Canadian Brewhouse of companies is rapidly expanding with 1000’s of employees and looking to grow internationally in the next 5 years, Jim has figured out the perfect combination of process and people skills to hire right.

While Jim believes you cannot decide or influence someone’s purpose, you can most definitely find alignment between personal and organizational purposes.

When your company is aligned with your people, and vice versa, magic happens. Work becomes play, challenges become opportunities, and the insurmountable seems not only achievable, but in reach! MORE ABOUT JIM: Jim believes People, it’s what matters. It’s this mantra that has helped the success of the Canadian Brewhouse, Plantlife and The Banquet.

It is my belief as a Human Resources Professional that understanding our workforce is the first and most important step to running a profitable business. Purpose drives behaviour. I am fortunate to have spent the better part of the past decade with a company and executive team that passionately shares their purpose with their employees.

In working with The Canadian Brewhouse, Banquet Bar, and Plantlife Canada this past 8 years, I have had the opportunity to learn about legislation in various provinces, best practices in employee engagement and performance management, many different succession planning models, and policy creation and implementation through effective change management practices.