Stretch and Fold

Stretch and

Sometimes referred to as the Baker’s Transform, this tool provides for intermittent cycles of stretching and folding across a system. Stretch refers to periods of hard work, steady growth, or large challenges, interrupted by times of system-wide relaxation and reflection, which we refer to as folding.

Wise leaders understand this need for cycles of work and rest, and will find ways to support and instigate them for individuals and for groups across the system. They recognize that no part of a human system can operate on high levels 100% of the time. They use the periods of folding to engage in reflection and learning as teams examine their work to identify lessons to be gleaned and next possible options for action.