ORGANIZATIONAL Culture and Leadership

We help schools build a strong core. We help leaders and teams think, act, and communicate from the inside out, consistent with the inspiring organizations and schools of the world. Teachers rank at the top in mission/purpose and stress, and at the bottom in trust/empowerment. Without a sound organizational strategy, organizational alignment and a culture that reinforces the right behaviors schools are not maximizing performance, efficiency, or organizational health (well-being).


We provide the system, processes, and coaching for schools to establish a "united" workplace culture that brings forth the best in their people - where accomplishment, inspiration, innovation as well as support and satisfaction are normal. 

We help authentic leaders and their teams make a significant difference in their school, building their “organizations” for the long term. 

We help heads of schools and leadership teams to understand the reality of where the school is today, where they can be tomorrow; ultimately working towards a realistic, integrated and accountable roadmap to success. 



Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first. - Simon Sinek, "The Golden Circle"

Is this just the best of what’s common, or is it the best of what’s possible?  Growth happens most powerfully when we align each day with a compelling future vision—an “ideal future” or “most amazing future”; whatever phrase gets you excited about what you are building. That ignites the brain’s emotional-energy centers, infusing the day with meaning and helping you make better choices to speed you in the desired direction.- Dr. Robert Cooper, Cooper Neuroscience Lab


Our mission:

"To significantly increase the percentage of people that love their job, in schools,  by changing the way schools are organized for engagement, from top-down to inside out."



Rich Sinclair, LFS Founder & Managing Partner

Rich is a former school turnaround specialist. The district supervisor on his last turnaround "job" was emotional upon visiting the school. She could not believe how quickly the school had turned around. "Amazing."  Rich's personality type while especially unique to education, makes for a great fit with strategy. 

After leading three turnarounds in six years, he shifted gears and began to study leadership/organizational models less about and dependent on him as the traditional leader at the top. Servant-minded, highly intuitive and very passionate, he desired a model much more capable (engagement) and sustainable.  

Rich has spent the last seven years studying and practicing under Mukara Meredith,"Working with Groups as Living Systems" and Ann Rhoades, "Creating Enviable Cultures that Outperform the Competition". Their practices are utilized by some of the best teams, highest performing organizations and "great places to work" in the world.

Before becoming a principal, Rich was called by his last two principals one of the best teachers they had ever seen. - He is forever grateful to one particular teacher being in his life, early on.

"You will not find many, and perhaps any, as capable as Rich." - US Sen. Michael Bennet, former Superintendent of Denver Public Schools ("Highest Trained Principals in the Country") and Finalist for Secretary of Education.


Apple, MLK, and the Wright Brothers all think, act and communicate the exact same way.  And it’s the complete opposite to everyone else. The inspired organizations and leaders all think, act, and communicate from the inside out. - Simon Sinek's Ted Talks: "How great leaders inspire action" & Why good leaders make you feel safe - People don’t buy what you do, but WHY you do it.