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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Reblogged this on splozza But preparing for the second curve too early is far fhe than waiting until it is too late and the decline has set in. 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.

But under the surface, something is happening. When all is well and you are at the top of your game, then you know it is time to plan your exit. Every living thing has a natural life span. Other members of the team due to retire in the next few years have a similar arrangement. Ask your friends, executives, coworkers: Hzndy Peters and Robert Waterman found this out when they re-visited the top organisations featured in their book, “In Search of Excellence”.

It was developed by Charles Handy, the Irish-born management curfe 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.

On a personal level, your marriage might start to become jaded or you might wonder if you have chosen the right career or question how you are spending your time. There is even, perhaps, a sense of loss — why throw away something which is mature and bringing a reward hanxy something untested and new?

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

He views the essential paradox of this renewal and innovation in this way: This helped the school to manage an increase in pupil numbers, ensuring calm breaks and lunchtimes, and therefore, calmer lessons afterwards. It may be that the first curve is longer hahdy was thought, in which case you can keep cruising along until you are indeed nearer to the peak. This corresponds to an initial period of learning.


These roles can be related to money, duties and passion. 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: Now imagine that you are driving in the countryside of Ireland curvf when you ask for directions to a little village Avocayou get the following explanation: 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.

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

Another Sigmoid moment Teresa talked about was when the cjrve leadership team with governors started thinking about succession planning. So how do you promote — and model — dissatisfaction with the status quo and a quest for innovation and improvement?

The second curve – Leadership & Flow

Surfing the Sigmoid Curve Successful individuals and organizations are self-reflective and constantly monitor their own position on the Sigmoid curve. 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.

Managing change and survival is at heart the way of all Nature. There is always a period of confusion, where the first curve is being abandoned and the second one embraced.

This is where the crop which was sown is growing and coming to maturity, and every day brings perceptible growth and maturation. Organizations have opportunities to renew themselves, to innovate their services and products, to change their business model, and to gain a new lease on life.

They should know the core jobs and how much discreation they can allow around them and then leave the rest for the employee. This phase can be frustrating because so much effort is being expended with so little apparent result. 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.

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And this focus needs to be continued — the job is never done. 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.

Many businesses, careers and other ventures fail in this first phase because it is so hard to keep going with no tangible reward. 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.

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Life cycles are everywhere. 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.

But the only way to success is to push through sigmois initial phase, to keep going and to know that this persistence will eventually and inevitably move on to phase two of the Sigmoid curve. Everything has its own natural life span, so that in birth there is death and in death there is new birth. Many organisations don’t survive. When someone starts a business or begins a new career for examplethere is a period of hard work, where little seems to get accomplished.

Let them know about Manage Train Learn. Even countries and empires rise and fall in cycles. 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 sihmoid it abruptly and without much notice. Clinging to the first and trying to prolong it is a pointless waste of energy.

The Lesson of the Sigmoid Curve

So what is the solution to beating the inevitability of the life cycle? It lies in managing change and the art of timing. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane. Let children find their own answers and solutions while working on projects instead of telling them the answers for already solved problems.