Civility,Trust & Legislative Leadership

By: Stephen G. Lakis, President, SLLF Just last year SLLF signed up with Bridge Alliance, a new organization whose stated goal is to restore civility to our national discourse. We believe the Bridge Alliance is onto something, not just because they speak truth when they point out how damaging the current lack of civility is [...]

By | 2018-05-11T12:20:02+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Ethics and Leadership|

We Do We Do What We Do?

By: Thom Little, Ph.D. A few weeks ago, I posted a blog entitled “Why Do They Do That?” trying to explain why younger legislators, staffers and constituents do the things they do–like sharing so much on social media, ignoring institutional practices and protesting instead of voting. In that piece, based on presentations at SLLF’s recent [...]

By | 2018-05-01T14:39:51+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Why Do They Do That?

By Thom Little, Ph.D. Why do young people today seem to be addicted to their iphones or tablets? Why do junior legislators seem intent on bypassing the committee process and the leadership structure? Why are young voters as interested in marching for a cause as they are in voting for a political party? Why do [...]

By | 2018-04-09T14:55:13+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Bottom-Up Leadership: Rank-and-File Lead the Way in Kansas and Illinois

By Thom Little, Ph.D. Everybody talks about top-down leadership. Those at the top of the pyramid lead those further down. Indeed, with its focus on presiding officers, pro tempores and floor leaders, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation has spent more than forty-five years focusing on top-down leadership. But today, I want to flip that on [...]

By | 2018-02-28T14:56:22+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Ethics and Leadership|

2018 Here We Come!

A three-day Board Meeting and Leadership Forum in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. Now that is how you wrap up a year that can only be described as “a home run!” 2017 was the busiest and most ambitious year in the 45-year history of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation! Over the last twelve months, we coordinated [...]

By | 2018-02-06T15:52:50+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Who Knew? What to Visit in the Northwest Territory

  In sixth grade I thought it was hilarious, as eleven year-olds do, that Ohio was part of the “Northwest Territory,” so I wrote a report about it. I remember not a word of the report. But, I made a colorful picture of the tract, for my cover: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part [...]

By | 2017-11-14T10:09:13+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Observations from China

  Thanks to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries,  I recently had the privilege of spending a week in this beautiful and fascinating country  with three others from SLLF, and fourteen state legislators from across the US. Now that I have returned home and have had [...]

By | 2017-11-06T10:53:54+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diary of a Majority Leader Conference

  Thursday July 20, 3:45am: At this hour there’s only one proper thing to be doing, unless you’re in emergency services, morning broadcasting, or writing a term paper. That’s sleeping. Why am I getting dressed? Thursday July 20, 7:05am: Large airplane, me in it, takes off from Boston’s airport, heading exactly for London. I love [...]

By | 2017-10-23T10:34:59+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Leading with Civility

Here’s a fun fact: almost one American in ten thinks that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Only four in ten are pretty sure our Civil War was fought over slavery. Three-quarters (just) are confident that the earth revolves around the sun, or that the U.S. got its independence from Great Britain. But 95% of [...]

By | 2017-09-19T14:18:43+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|