The Path to Mastery

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An organization embarking on culture change is asking two strategic questions to guide its planning:  “What are we trying to create?”  and “How do we make it happen?”

home_4At The Eden Alternative®, our quest to answer these two questions inspired the creation of the Path to Mastery: The Art of Creating a Caring Community.

A thoughtfully-articulated roadmap for effecting meaningful change, the Path to Mastery is based on the Eden Alternative’s Ten Principles and 20 years of best practices for bringing them to life. Composed of four milestones, The Path to Mastery provides a common language and goals that guide organizations from the full continuum of care along their culture change journey. Organizations using the Path to Mastery as a strategic tool for change and growth strive for the same outcomes, yet how they attain them is a unique reflection of the people who live and work there.

The Path to Mastery frames an organization’s growth and development as a member of the Eden Registry.  To learn more about the Path to Mastery, contact the Eden Alternative Community Builder at


milestone-1Milestone 1 is a call to action for leadership teams. Developing a plan for the transformation ahead involves revisiting their organizational mission and vision, determining a strategy for measuring success, and defining how the process of change will unfold. Completion of Milestone 1 marks an organization’s eligibility to apply for Eden Registry membership.

Learn more about and order the Milestone 1 Resource Guide & Milestone 1 Toolkit

milestone-2Milestone 2 reflects leadership’s commitment to spreading culture change throughout the organization and preparing everyone to take an active role in change initiatives. As leadership’s vision moves from dream to reality, employees begin to recognize their role in developing a caring community by identifying strengths and building on what they each bring to the journey.

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milestone-3Milestone 3 drives empowerment and growth of the entire care partner team while moving decisions into the hands of the care recipients and those working most closely with them. Decisions, once under the authority of management, are now in the hands of empowered care partner teams. The voice and choice of individuals receiving care direct the rhythm of daily life, no matter where they live, and systems and processes are redesigned to support their preferences.

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milestone-4Milestone 4 reflects the most innovative practices currently implemented by culture change leaders today. Relationships are close and roles are blended, creating a resilient, flexible, and highly responsive team with a strong sense of ownership. Leaders grow other leaders, who, in turn, have developed the capacity to influence the success of other organizations on the culture change journey.

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