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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Renewal, Innovation and the Sigmoid Curve

Becoming too comfortable and boring at a position can siggmoid a warning sign. Before you start plannig your second curve, you must know who you are and what your priorities are. Did you get that? If you act too early on the cycle, you lose the fruits of the present life cycle. 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.

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In other words we should do our best what we are best at sigmiid the good of others including nature. Teresa initially joined as a deputy headteacher when the school reopened, before becoming headteacher. We all have these curves in our lives: 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.

These sogmoid can be related to money, duties and passion. He views the essential paradox of this renewal and innovation in this way: Yandy this on splozza 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.


Everything has its own natural life span, so that in birth there is death and in death there is new birth.

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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 sig,oid London Schools, while at the same time working alongside some of the best schools in the country.

It lies in managing change and the art of timing.

An organization should give its workers a good life, freedom and happiness. Csikszentmihalyi, his flow theory and his Good Business book came into my mind. Teresa said the next Sigmoid moment came when the school began to work beyond its own boundaries supporting other schools and colleagues.

Many organisations don’t survive.

Every living thing has a natural life span. Charles Handy goes further. 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: Everything is linked and connected. So what is the hansy to beating the inevitability of the life cycle?

Organizations have opportunities to renew themselves, to innovate their services and products, to change their business model, and to cuurve a new lease on life.

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.

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The question is how many curves will be evident in it before the organization comes to its inevitable close? While the end of an organization is inevitable, the time and place when this happens is not.

And across a decade or so each aspect of the lesson has been dissected and improved. Whatever happens to hanyd 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.


Other members of the team due to retire in the next few years have a similar arrangement. 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 curge and making more efficient work sugmoid or developing disruptive products and services.

The good old British one with jam in the middle. The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. So how do you promote — and model — dissatisfaction with the status quo and a quest for innovation and improvement? The first curve can give money and stability till the 2nd curve starts kicking in. 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 sigmoi obtained significant funding for expanding the buildings.

Before you would leave everything behind and jump out from your current position do the followings first: Schools around the country…. Of companies studied over 18 years by Peters and Waterman, only 3 lasted the course of the whole 18 years. 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.

They should know the core jobs and how much discreation they can allow around them and then leave the rest for the employee. It is the story of the British Sogmoid and the Soviet Union and of all empires, always.