The SEED approach is taking root across the country. Programs operating in widely different contexts and scales report new insight, sharper focus, enlivened teamwork, and immediate performance improvements that become self-sustaining over time.
Our public and private sponsors also appreciate seeing their modest investments lead programs quickly and organically to fresh and highly desired results. Supporters receive valid qualitative and quantitative evidence of their grantees' results. They gain confidence in directing resources to programs that can pinpoint and leverage their strengths.
CHECKLIST OF POTENTIAL PROGRAM BENEFITS
Using SEED Tools and Practices
- A Vision with Greater Promise – the program stretched its view of what is possible.
- Identity Branding - compelling language and imagery emerged, capturing what is most essential about the program.
- Generative Ideas - creative approaches ("seed ideas") were discovered for stretching the program’s reach and depth of influence.
- Clarity of Execution - systematic performance monitoring allowed next steps to be planned with greater insight and executed with more consistent intentionality.
- An Enlivened Core Team – board, staff and key leaders made clear advances by building trust, and learning to manage commitments and coordinate action more efficiently.
- Empowered and Ennobled Participants – previously passive onlookers became actively engaged and encouraged to make unique contributions that drew on their untapped strengths.
- Deeper Listening and Inquiry – there was a marked increase in the use of effective communications skills and "we" language.
- Uncommon Allies - new partners were attracted to enrich the program with different perspectives, talents and resources.
- Champions – prominent ambassadors were cultivated who can attract new resources, build program reputation and momentum, sustain quality, and expand reach.
- Contributions to New Learning – the best internal and external practices of the program were disseminated so that they could be replicated, or adapted widely.
- Impact – the work of the program translated to significant life quality improvements
"The SEED Diagnostic is a huge asset for anyone to try. My partner and I both were involved, and our brains started firing. Through the actions we have taken, principals are now coming to us. We are finally in the high school. We have 50% parent attendance. That is unheard of! Now we have kids running the program and an ongoing relationship with the community center. To me that is what it's all about. Sometimes, you get stuck inside the box. The SEED session helped us break through it."
YMCA of Rockford