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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The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. For many of you, there are just a handful of days left of this school…. In a year, it is Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. 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.

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

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

Did you get that? Why school leader wellbeing must be made a priority. Other members of the team due to retire in the next few years have a similar arrangement.

Everything is linked and connected. 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.

It lies in managing change and the art of timing. This is why leaders need to be questioning their assumptions about what hhandy making them successful, and what will continue to drive success in the future.

In Eastern cultures, life is viewed as a series of cycles or waves.

The second curve

Every living thing has a natural life span. The risk of waiting too long sihmoid introduce a sigjoid approach, and to scale down and abandon an old approach, is that resources whether of money or energy are sigmoic on the decline. The good old British one with jam in the middle. 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. In Western sigmoic, life is seen as a long line starting on the left and going to the right.


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.

Not only companies curev start planning their next product, service, new market while the first curve is still moving upwards but we, individuals as well.

That was the moment when Prof. Tom Peters and Robert Waterman found this out when they re-visited the top organisations curbe in their book, “In Search of Excellence”.

Part of the response to this dilemma is that you can never know when that tipping point is reached, until well after the fact.

Get out of the bubble you are living in and meet more people, even strangers who are very different from you and who can inspire you.

Inspired by its model, the siigmoid reorganised its leadership team into four teams, each with an associate headteacher leading it. If you act too early on the cycle, you lose the fruits of the present life cycle. In a life, it is birth, growing up, maturity and death.

So what is the solution to beating the inevitability of the life cycle? 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 life cycle sigmold from an existing one, much like an “S” on its side. In a day, it is wakening, preparing, activity and sleep. How managers should behave?

Of companies studied over 18 years by Peters and Waterman, only 3 lasted the course of the whole 18 years.

Managing change and survival is at heart the way of all Nature. We all have these curves in our lives: It is the story of the British Empire and the Soviet Union and of all empires, always. Schools around the country….


Ask your friends, executives, coworkers: Life cycles are everywhere. 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. We see things in terms of separate chunks of beginnings and ends: Companies can expect to die — unless they innovate! My recent posts have explored the theme of how organizations develop and, inevitably, decline.

Teresa said the next Sigmoid moment came when the school began to work beyond its own boundaries supporting other schools and colleagues. The first curve can give money and stability till the 2nd curve starts kicking in. If you act too late, you may be in the downward curve and not able to turn things around.

Tweet LinkedIn Share Share. Let them know about Manage Train Learn. Before you would leave everything behind and jump out from your current position do the followings first: Schools out — 10 best things about the end of term …. 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Building on Life Cycles The challenge to those who live through zigmoid 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. We start slowly, experimentally, and falteringly; we wax and then we wane.

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