September 1, 2022


Many schools are now looking for heads for July 2023, even though it is late in the game to be launching a search. Increasingly, schools are […]
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 […]
September 2, 2019

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 […]
May 13, 2017

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 1, 2015

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 1, 2015

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 […]
August 1, 2015

The Head Search, School Culture and Trust in the Consultant

Most independent school trustees view a head search as the most important and time consuming task that they will ever undertake in that role. In fact […]
August 1, 2015

Fascinating Facts About Internal Succession

Many school heads and some boards know that still today up to 70% of all heads are fired, most often meaning that their contracts are not […]
August 1, 2015

The Search and the Departing Head: Valued or Forgotten?

The manner in which a board treats an outgoing head could impact substantially the nature and success of the search for his or her successor. A […]
August 1, 2015

Doubts At The Altar: When Searches Fail

The miscalculations and mistaken assumptions surrounding many searches can mask serious underlying issues that may jeopardize landing the candidate of choice, undermine a new head or […]