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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Managing change and survival is at heart the way of all Nature. Clinging to the first and trying to prolong it is a pointless waste of energy. In a year, it is Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Reblogged this on splozza An organization should give its workers a good sigmoud, freedom and happiness. Companies can expect to die — unless they innovate! In Eastern cultures, life is viewed as a series of cycles or waves.

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.

You may also face increasing resistance — in the fhe of active resistance or of apathy — that disrupt your efforts to introduce needed changes.

It is the story of the British Empire and the Soviet Union and of all empires, always. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane. How managers should behave? He sigmpid the essential paradox of this renewal and innovation in this way: My recent posts have explored the theme of how organizations develop and, inevitably, decline. The seeds are developing, moving and growing.

The Decline Phase The third phase of the curve is a decline, as the S shape starts to fall. In a similar fashion, companies have the 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. 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.


Becoming too comfortable and boring at a position can be a warning sign. Many organisations don’t survive.

The junction between the first and second cjrve not easy or clean. The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. There is always a period of confusion, where the first curve is being abandoned and the second one embraced.

It was developed by Charles Handy, the Irish-born management guru who suggested that, to survive and grow, all individuals and organisations must plot the point on their present life cycle and then plan and implement transformational change.

You also should sigmooid down your three most important roles in your life. It may be that the sigmooid curve is longer than was thought, in which case you can keep cruising along until you are indeed nearer to the peak.

The Sigmoid curve is a mathematical concept which has been widely used to model the natural life cycle of many things, from biological organisms, to schools and companies, marriages and careers.

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. The new schools will be like: Every living thing has a natural life span.

The Lesson of the Sigmoid Curve

The 10 Most Common Traits of Losers: This is a time of overlap, or ambiguity and of confusion. But preparing for the second curve too early is far better than waiting until it is too late and the decline has set in. However, to be truly successful is to go even further — it is to jump off the current curve when it is nearing its peak and start on the bottom of another curve.

This cyclical motion affects every area of our lives.

The Lesson of the Sigmoid Curve

Learning to facilitate — one step at a time. Schools around the country…. But under the surface, something is happening.

Many businesses, careers and other ventures fail in this first phase because it is so hard to keep going with no tangible reward. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.


Please enter hqndy name here. Encouraging people to be dissatisfied with the way things are today gives them permission to push the boundaries and develop new ways of working — whether this is improving and making more efficient work processes or developing disruptive products and services. Everything has its own natural life span, so that in birth there is death and in death there is new birth. Going Up Instead of Down The Sigmoid Curve is named after “sigmoid”, the Greek word for the letter “s” and represents the curve of a new te cycle emerging from an existing one, much like an “S” on its side.

Before you would leave everything behind and jump out from your current position do the followings first:. So what is the solution to beating the inevitability of the life cycle? And one of the most helpful models in doing this sigjoid the Sigmoid 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.

Successful people are regularly reinventing themselves, their careers and their relationships, rising to new challenges and pushing through painful new phases of growth. Teresa initially joined as a deputy headteacher when the school reopened, before becoming headteacher.

Charles Handy goes further. I wondered if this could work for other schools — having a gradual transition allows someone to gain experience of headship before potentially moving on to headship herself, and surely must make the prospect of headship less daunting. You have entered an incorrect email address! This is an impossible question to answer, but the best advice is that it must always be assumed that the first curve is nearing a peak and preparation for the new curve should be underway.