December 4, 2019

The Key Questions to Ask when Undertaking Strategic Planning

The key questions for boards and heads considering a process of strategic planning are these: 1. Are we undertaking strategic planning now just because the accrediting […]
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 […]
November 24, 2016

Strategic Planning: Taking Appropriate Risks

Seven years after conducting a strategic planning session for a School, Littleford & Associates received two unexpected emails from its just retired Head and his long […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning: Leading and Not Following the Process

Strategic planning does not have to be a complex, drawn out process that takes a year to conclude. And yet many schools find themselves in interminable […]
August 1, 2015

Fall Out from Strategic Planning

A new client recently contacted me to say that a consulting firm had used a “broad brush” approach to strategic planning at his School by engaging […]
August 1, 2015

Efficient And Effective Strategic Planning

Most school leaders, especially board members, want a planning process that is effective and focused and yet listens to a wide range of community input. Strategic […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning: A Wise Political Investment

Strategic planning has powerful and often unanticipated political outcomes, many positive and some negative. Historically used mainly to lay the ground work for a capital campaign, […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning And Why The Process Generally Frustrates Boards

Amazing to me as I walk through the halls of hundreds of schools a year is the relative absence of any sign of a consistent, clear […]
August 1, 2015

Transitions, Strategic Planning and.. Failure: How to Avoid the Trap

Schools which attempt major change or a new strategic plan at the same time as a head transition often run into difficulties. The effort is made […]
August 1, 2015

The Strategic Decision: Choosing a Planning Process that Fits the School's History and Culture

The Responsibility of the Board of Trustees: Mission and Strategic Thinking The word “trustee” conveys the responsibility of boards of independent schools to hold the mission […]