Articles

February 8, 2021

Head of School, Inter-Community School Zurich, Switzerland

Littleford & Associates is pleased to announce that our Firm has been selected to conduct the search for the next Head of School of the Inter-Community  […]
February 8, 2021

Is the Timing Right for Strategic Planning (or Not)?

Littleford & Associates is currently receiving many inquiries from heads and board members worldwide about the wisdom of launching a strategic planning process now when their […]
January 25, 2021

The Pandemic: What We Will Have Learned

In this and subsequent articles, we will address the key issues that the Pandemic has affected, and will continue to affect our independent and international schools […]
January 6, 2021

How Much Communication is Too Much?

Most boards with whom we work mention that they often hear criticism of the school’s communications with parents.  What do they mean by that? As it […]
December 3, 2020

Marketing the Mission is More Important than Ever

“Harnessing the Brain Power and Enthusiasm of Our School’s Parents to Sell a Product We All Believe in is Simple. And Brilliant” So wrote prominent independent […]
October 13, 2020

Governance in the Trenches: Some Solutions

The Case Study This School had a long-term valued Head, a strong board and long-term Chair which are the key characteristics of a stable and successful […]
September 23, 2020

Nurturing Your Head: A Five-Point Paradigm

High head turnover usually results from fallout with boards, which in turn is often due to the loss of institutional memory on boards. Aside from these […]
September 3, 2020

Board/Head Collaboration: The Stress Points and the Rewards

Today, heads of school are truly CEOs needing to take the lead in making key, sometimes life changing decisions affecting entire families. As they should be […]
August 19, 2020

Strategic Planning is Crucial but Proceed with Caution!

Everyone loves strategic planning:  it sounds important; it sounds “generative” AND it can be dangerous. Recently, a School used the broad brush, democratic, approach to strategic […]
August 3, 2020

Navigating a Head of School Search in Rough Waters

The key ground rules in the head of search process are simple: Hire the right search firm. Establish an appropriate timetable, typically eighteen months and no […]

 

Upcoming Virtual Appearances

March 1, 2021
The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools has invited Mr. Littleford to speak about mission-based compensation and salary system design.

March 2, 2021
Mr. Littleford will be presenting to Society of Heads in the United Kingdom on the topic of board governance.

March 20, 2021
The topic of Mr. Littleford’s session for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools will be “Maintaining or Returning to a Strategic Focus”

April 12-16, 2021
Topics to be announced for the Association for the Advancement of International Education Conference (AAIE)


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