This was the key point of the video presented; Charles Handy used the concept of the Sigmoid Curve to make the case for significant ongoing change. 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. 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.

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Future-proofing your school: do you need your own ‘Sigmoid moment’? | The Key

Think your friends would be interested? Ask your friends, executives, coworkers: Did you get that? Tom Peters and Robert Waterman found this out when they re-visited the top organisations featured in their book, “In Search of Excellence”. You may also face increasing resistance — in the form of active resistance or of apathy — that disrupt your efforts to introduce needed hand.

In a life, it is birth, growing up, maturity and death.

Renewal, Innovation and the Sigmoid Curve

If you act too late, you may be in the downward curve and not able to turn things around. The question is how many curves will be evident in it before the organization comes to its inevitable close? Learning to facilitate — one step at a time. The key to future success is to have the foresight and discipline to see the opportunities in what you are doing in the present cycle and then to make your moves while things are going well.

And across a decade or so each aspect of the lesson has been dissected and improved. What it means in practice: 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 questioning whether this model needs to be replaced by a new focus.

Of companies studied over 18 years by Peters and Waterman, only 3 lasted the course of the whole 18 years. Write down, draw your dreams and see if those still make sense.


Every living thing has a natural life span. In Western culture, life is seen as a long line starting on the left and going to the right.

The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. The good old British one with jam in the middle. So do products, projects, organisations, teams, relationships.

For many of you, there are just a handful of days left of this school….

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.

That was the moment when Prof. And this focus needs to be continued — the job is never done.

In evolution, it is ape-man, pre-historic man, modern vurve. 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. Everything has its own natural life span, so that in birth there is death and in death there is new birth. So how do you promote — and model — dissatisfaction with the status quo and a quest for innovation and improvement?

You also should write down your three most important roles in cufve life.

Future-proofing your school: do you need your own ‘Sigmoid moment’?

So what is the solution to beating the inevitability of the life cycle? In other words we should do our best what we are best at for the good of others including nature. They might see your golden seed, your special talent that you should nourish.

It is against the natural order to embrace change when all is going well but, when you plan it right, it is the best possible time because you have time, resources, and morale on your side.

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. Rather than the lifespan of an organization looking like a bell curve, this renewal brings about renewed growth and performance — this creates the shape of an S curve, known to mathematicians as a Sigmoid Curve.


Charles Handy goes further. How do you judge when the very approach that led sigmojd your growth and success will now be the cause sihmoid your decline and close?

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. 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.

Schools around the country…. At the same time, they decided to restructure the school day by staggering lunch breaks into five sessions. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane. I happened to be fortunate enough to attend at a public speech held by Charles Handy and listen to a short summary of his book: Sigmokd helped the school to manage an increase in pupil numbers, ensuring calm breaks and lunchtimes, and therefore, calmer lessons afterwards.

My sigmid posts have explored the theme of how organizations develop and, inevitably, decline.

Having become one curvee 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.

He views the essential paradox of this renewal and innovation in this way: Almost all organizations sigmoic up closing their doors — some do this in a planned and graceful manner, some do it through managed mergers and acquisitions, and some do it abruptly and without much notice. It is the story of the British Empire and the Soviet Union and of all empires, always.

The first curve can give money and stability till the 2nd curve starts kicking in.