January 16, 2023

A Major Risk in Strategic Planning: What If Your Mission May Have Changed? 

What if the aspirations of your school families have changed from pre-pandemic to post-pandemic and the existing mission may no longer fit exactly? This could be […]
February 16, 2022

Strategic Planning: Managing Rising Stakeholder Voices and Expectations

Many schools’ strategic plans from the prior three years are no longer relevant, vaguely remembered, only partially implemented, or simply no longer making sense in the […]
February 8, 2021

Is the Timing Right for Strategic Planning (or Not)?

Littleford & Associates is currently receiving many inquiries from heads and board members worldwide about the wisdom of launching a strategic planning process now when their […]
August 19, 2020

Strategic Planning is Crucial but Proceed with Caution!

Everyone loves strategic planning:  it sounds important; it sounds “generative” AND it can be dangerous. Recently, a School used the broad brush, democratic, approach to strategic […]
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 […]