January 20, 2024

The Basics of Healthy Board Governance: Honoring Channels and Boundaries

Healthy board governance begins with understanding the difference between what falls under the purview of policy versus management and strategic versus operational. What are the gray […]
January 18, 2024

To Board Chairs Everywhere: Good, Unfortunate and Terrible Ways to End the Head’s Relationship with a School 

Given the generally sad state of head of school turnover worldwide, perhaps it is time to have a candid conversation with chairs and prospective chairs about […]
September 21, 2023

How The Personality of a Board Chair Affects Board Governance

Over the years, this Consultant has met board chairs who cared deeply about their role, the school and their heads of school and the families of […]
September 21, 2023

Seeking The “Light” in the Polarized Environment in Independent Schools

The Backdrop At a recent strategic planning workshop, a board member asked: “What are the key themes affecting independent schools nationwide?” One is the underlying tone […]
August 24, 2023

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 24, 2023

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 […]
August 24, 2023

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 24, 2023

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. […]
August 24, 2023

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