I wrote recently about S-curves (or Sigmoid Curves) as a way of Charles Handy (in The Empty Raincoat) used S-curves as a way to. Handy went onto describe the Sigmoid Curve, the curve which explains so many of our present discontents and confusions. The curve describes the ups and. the sigmoid curve, here is one of the best management models on managing It was developed by Charles Handy, the Irish-born management guru who.

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In a similar fashion, companies have the possibility and the opportunity to launch new growth curves curge but they have to do so before they reach the tipping point that leads to decline.

The Lesson of the Sigmoid Curve

Schools should be designed as Socrates has imagined them hundreds of years ago: When all is well and you are at the top of your game, then you know it is time to plan your exit.

So what is the solution to beating the inevitability of the life cycle?

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You could compare it to sowing a crop and tending to the fields — for a long time, there is no sign of growth. In a day, it is wakening, preparing, activity and sleep. Get out of the bubble you are curvw in and meet more people, even strangers who are very different from you and who can inspire you.

In a life, it is birth, growing up, maturity and death. Please enter your comment! Did you get that? On a personal level, your marriage might start to become jaded thee you might wonder if you have chosen the right career or question how you are spending your time. Riding the first curve while cultivating the second is always the best option.


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Although the school was already successful by this time, she decided what was needed was to focus on improving every element of teaching and learning to help raise standards further in the school.

Managing change and survival is at heart the way of all Nature. Write down, draw your dreams and see if those still make sense. Charles Handy goes further. Having become one of the first teaching schools nationally, Teresa explained that The Compton began running a wide range of teaching and learning and leadership programmes for London Schools, while at the same time working alongside some of the best schools in the country.

An organization should give its workers a good life, freedom and happiness. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane. And one of the most helpful models in doing this is the Sigmoid Curve. However, the most successful among us know that the alternative is an inevitable decline through phase three of the curve.

The next Sigmoid moment for the school was when Teresa with her senior leadership team decided to increase the size of the school, and through doing so obtained significant funding for expanding the buildings.

The risk of waiting too long to introduce a new approach, and to scale down and abandon an old approach, is that resources whether of money or energy are reduced on the decline.

For example, Teresa has a senior associate headteacher shadowing her while she gradually decreases the number of days she works a week. Schools out — 10 best things about the end of term …. The right place to start the second curve is at point A where there is the time, as well as the resources and the energy, to get the new curve through its initial explorations and flounderings before the first curve begins to dip downward.


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Not only companies should start planning their next product, service, new market while the first curve is still moving upwards but we, individuals as well. Of companies studied over 18 years by Peters and Waterman, only 3 lasted the course of the whole 18 years.

The second curve

If you act too early on the cycle, you lose the fruits of the present life cycle. The Decline Phase The third phase of the curve is a decline, as the S shape starts to fall. Leaders also need to be able to hold the paradox of embracing their business model or strategic planbeing fully committed to implementing it in all its details, while at the same time cutve whether this model needs to be replaced by a new focus. Similarly, Teresa makes sure middle leaders have the opportunity for career development in the school, so they can potentially move up to senior leadership roles when the time is right.

At the same time, they decided to restructure the school day by staggering lunch breaks into five sessions. That was the moment when Prof. Having already made such huge improvements to the Compton School, it somehow seems obvious the next step would be to broaden out to supporting other schools.

All things occur in cycles, ebbing and flowing sigmokd time goes by.