May 2, 2024

Why is Head Tenure So Short?

One of the cardinal tenets of healthy board governance is that the combination of long-term, supportive board chairs and long-term board members produces long-term heads. This […]
April 16, 2024

The Head of School Search: Why Is Internal Succession Planning Working Better than External Succession?

In our experience both processes can work but the statistics are powerfully on the side of appointing an internal candidate. Almost 90% of international and US […]
February 27, 2024

Head of School Searches: Where Passion and Governance Meet

Selecting a new head of school is a momentous task that creates not only excitement and passion but intricate governance challenges. Since hiring, compensating, rewarding, and […]
September 21, 2023

How Important is the Well-being of the Head’s Family to a Search?

More important than you may think. If your school is conducting a head search, then be aware at the front end of the importance of understanding […]
September 21, 2023

Head Compensation Trends: Building a Retirement Asset Through Deferred Compensation Plans 

I. Two Types of Plans Most independent school heads plan to retire in part on the distribution from their 403(b) plan to which they have contributed […]
August 24, 2023

Head Search Committee Behaviors and How They Affect Outcomes 

There are at least three types of search committee behaviors: The Highly Inclusive Model The Chair Leads Model The Confusing Model  I. The Highly Inclusive Model […]
August 24, 2023

The Search…The Transition… and then the Succession

Introduction  Too often boards (and heads) focus on the excitement and challenge of the search process, and very few boards pay much attention at all to […]
August 24, 2023

Common Mistakes In The Search Process

There are many ways to lose top flight candidates in a head of school search but three of them could be avoided easily: Failure to clarify […]
August 24, 2023

The Core Principles Of A Successful Search: Advice For Boards And Heads

A few years ago this Consultant published an article about the pitfalls of the head search process and the keys to its success. Littleford & Associates […]
The Core Principles Of A Successful Search: Advice For Boards And Heads
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