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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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My recent posts have explored the theme of how organizations develop and, inevitably, decline. There is always a period of confusion, where the first curve is being abandoned and the second one embraced.

The second curve – Leadership & Flow

How do you judge when the very approach that led to your growth and success will now be the cause of your decline and close? Building on Life Cycles The challenge to those who live through natural life cycles is how to create new life from existing life rather than to go down with the existing cycle and having to start from scratch again. He views the essential paradox of this renewal and innovation in this way: For example, Teresa has a senior associate headteacher shadowing her while she gradually decreases the number of days she works a week.

Our relationships, our family life and our career all follow cycles, and so do the lives of the institutions, companies and organizations to which we belong. In a year, it is Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

And this focus needs to be continued — the job is never done. So how do you promote — and model — dissatisfaction with the status quo and a quest for innovation and improvement?

There is even, perhaps, a sense of loss — why throw away something which is mature and bringing a reward for something untested and new? And one of the most helpful models in doing this is the Sigmoid Curve. At the same time, they decided to restructure the school day by staggering lunch cuve into five sessions.


Another Sigmoid moment Teresa talked about was when the senior leadership team with governors started thinking about succession planning. All things occur in cycles, ebbing and flowing as time goes by. You also should write down your three most important roles in your life. But preparing for the second curve too early is far better than waiting until it is too late and the decline has set in.

Inspired by its model, the school reorganised its leadership team into four teams, each with an associate headteacher leading it.

Surfing the Sigmoid Curve Successful individuals and organizations are self-reflective and constantly monitor their own position on the Sigmoid curve. Charles Handy goes further. The Learning Phase First, at the bottom of the S there is a section which rises slowly, often dipping before starting to rise depending on how the curve is drawn.

Perhaps for several years, those involved work to make contacts, learn the right skills, and develop a roadmap for success. Get out of the bubble you are living in and meet more people, even strangers who are very different ahndy you and who can inspire you.

Renewal, Innovation and the Sigmoid Curve

The curve is basically a stretched out S shape lying on its side, and can be thought of as having three sections, each of which corresponds to a phase of growth.

When all is well and you are at the top of your game, then you know it is time to plan your exit. Darkness and light, the seasons, the life cycles of plants and animals — all these things rise and fall periodically. Many organisations don’t survive. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Going Up Instead of Down The Sigmoid Curve is named after “sigmoid”, the Greek skgmoid for the letter “s” and represents the curve of a new life cycle emerging from an existing one, much like an “S” on its side.

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Schools around the country…. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. The Pros and Cons of Drinking Beer. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane.

Renewal, Innovation and the Sigmoid Curve – Randel Consulting

Actually this is what we are doing here with FLIGBY — we are helping leaders to — beside getting to know themselves better — understand how they can build a flow promoting environment that enhances the flourishing of individual skills.

This is a time of overlap, or ambiguity and of confusion. Please enter your name here. Please enter your comment! Whatever happens to the school next, I am sure its Sigmoid moments continue to ensure the school reinvents itself as and when it needs to, thereby ensuring its future success. This phase can be frustrating because so much effort is being expended with so little apparent result. Think your friends would be interested? In a similar fashion, companies have cuurve possibility and the opportunity to launch new growth curves — but they have to do so before they reach the tipping point that leads to decline.

Csikszentmihalyi, his flow theory ssigmoid his Good Business book came into my mind. Teresa initially joined as a deputy headteacher when the school reopened, before becoming headteacher.

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