December 4, 2019

Why Heads are Wary of Executive Sessions

This Consultant spoke recently to a new Head who followed an ousted Head and began making changes before creating sufficient political capital with constituents. The Board […]
November 19, 2019

John Littleford Featured in Taipei American School’s Fall 2019 Window Magazine

John Littleford spoke to TAS parents about defining excellence in independent/international schools. He also conducts annual governance workshops for the TAS Board of Directors. Read the […]
September 2, 2019

When the Board Becomes the Problem

A particularly dangerous moment arrives when a normally supportive board member(s) with power, charisma, and sometimes resources, breaks from the general board consensus about a key […]
July 27, 2019

Healthy Boards and Strategic Planning Go Hand in Hand

In discussing successful head of school transition, Littleford & Associates has maintained that no board should add a strategic planning process to a new head’s goals […]
March 18, 2019

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen and the Head was “Cooked”!

We received a call some months ago from a Head whose initial three-year contract was about to be renewed. The Board Chair told the Head that […]
November 14, 2018

Strategic Governance Reduced to the Absurd: Lessons Learned

Since its inception 28 years ago, Littleford & Associates has delivered a singular message: true generative/strategic governance is about blue sky thinking and big ideas, i.e. […]
March 20, 2018

Controversial Topics: 360 Evaluation and Executive Session

“Best practice”, right? Not in the opinion of this Consultant who has seen firsthand the damage that these two practices can bring about for schools, heads […]
August 31, 2017

How Political Capital Affects Executive Decision Making and School Culture

Many heads, whether first-time, experienced, newly arrived or longer term, make the mistake of taking on an overly ambitious list of goals. Sometimes boards strongly encourage […]
February 9, 2017

Becoming And Remaining A Healthy Board: The Rules Of Engagement

How do boards of independent and international schools and other nonprofits become and remain “healthy?” That means that these boards know how and are able to […]
August 31, 2016

What “Rogue” Board Members Can Accomplish

Several years ago our Firm worked with an international school with a parent-elected Board. This was an angry, divided and dysfunctional Board. The Annual General Meeting […]