January 20, 2024

A Unique Predicament: Head Succession Following a Long-Term Head

Most long-term, highly valued, and respected school heads step down mainly of their own volition. They give their boards a time line with no rush to […]
November 2, 2023

Strategic Planning Initiatives Worldwide: What are Parents and Teachers Saying? 

When Littleford & Associates conducts strategic planning assignments worldwide there are common, very important themes that keep emerging.  They come from focus groups and one-on-one interviews […]
August 24, 2023

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 […]
August 24, 2023

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 […]
August 24, 2023

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 24, 2023

The Strategic Planning Process:

The Importance of Choosing the Approach that Suits School Climate The Responsibility of the Board of Trustees: Strategic Thinking and Planning The word “trustee” conveys the […]
August 24, 2023

Protecting Our Schools Through Strategic Planning

One of the key principles in healthy governance is: “Management manages and boards govern.” The NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards state: “Trustees do not […]
August 24, 2023

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 […]
August 24, 2023

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 […]
Strategic Planning: Leading and Not Following the Process
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