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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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There is always a period of confusion, where the first curve is being abandoned and the second one embraced. For Teresa, school improvement is partly about reinvention and knowing when to do something different and what the new development cugve be.

Management Models: The Sigmoid Curve

In Eastern cultures, ssigmoid is viewed as a series of cycles or waves. Now imagine that you are driving in the countryside of Ireland and when you ask for directions to a little village Avocayou get the following explanation: And one of the most helpful models in doing this is the Sigmoid Curve.

They should know the core jobs and how much discreation they can allow around them and then leave the rest for the employee. Whatever happens to the school next, I am sure its Sigmoid moments continue to ensure the school reinvents itself as and when it needs haney, thereby ensuring its future success.

Renewal, Innovation and the Sigmoid Curve

That was the moment when Prof. Many businesses, careers and other ventures fail in this first phase because it is so hard to keep going with no tangible reward. At the same time, they ths to restructure the school day by staggering lunch breaks into five sessions. Revenues increase, relationships mature, promotions occur easily, and organizations become much larger. The curve is basically a stretched out S shape lying on its side, and can be skgmoid of as having three sections, each of which corresponds to a phase of growth.


You may also face increasing resistance — in the form of active resistance or of apathy — that disrupt your efforts to introduce needed changes. Charles Handy goes further.

During this phase, business and careers move ahead quickly. He used short stories and metaphores in helping us to get a deeper understanding of his philosophy.

Did you get that? In Western culture, life is seen as a long line starting on the left and going to the right. Morale and energy dip, revenues decline, the empire starts to crumble. The first curve can give money and stability till the 2nd curve starts kicking in.

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.

Companies can expect to die — unless they innovate! Let children find their own answers and solutions while working on projects instead of telling them the answers for already solved problems. Managing change and survival is at heart the way of all Nature. When all is well and you are at the top of your game, then you know it is time to plan your exit. 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.

The good old British one with jam in the middle. It may be that the first curve is longer than was thought, in which case you can keep cruising along until you are indeed nearer to the peak.


Almost all organizations end 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

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This diagram illustrates how management thinking and practice has evolved over time, as the changes in technology and markets meant that older modes of management would have resulted in the decline and close of the original companies.

With current uncertainty over education policy after the general election, I was interested to hear what Teresa Tunnadineheadteacher of the Compton School in Barnet, would have to say to us at The Key in her talk on future proofing through school leadership.

The Lesson of the Sigmoid Curve

When someone starts a business or begins a new career for examplethere is a period of hard work, where little seems to get accomplished. Learning to facilitate — one step at a time. 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? 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.

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.