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Looking to the States to Succeed

  By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research Some weeks ago, following SLLF’s  New Speaker Orientation, I posted a blog about the many daunting challenges facing new Speakers. Today I would like to turn the tables, and talk about the great opportunities these new leaders face. During the New [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Ethics and Leadership|

New Speakers Discover It Ain’t Easy at the Top

  By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research I had the honor and pleasure to spend time recently with twelve of the nation’s newly elected Speakers of the House, at SLLF’s New Speakers Orientation in Washington, DC. It was a great weekend, and, as always after such meetings, I [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Ethics and Leadership|

A Season for Giving Thanks: Zero Based Gratitude!

  By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research These are challenging times! In many places around the world, tensions are high as peoples and nations attempt to adapt to new social, political and economic realities. Here in America, we await the dawn of a new presidential administration and the [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

The Day After

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research November 9, 2016 NOTE: This blog was written on Friday, well before the votes were tallied yesterday. More than thirty years ago (1983), Americans were mesmerized by the made-for-television movie depicting the aftermath of an all-out nuclear war between NATO and the [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

I Don’t Want to Burst Your Bubble….Or Maybe I Do!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research A couple of months ago, I posted a blog called “E Pluribus Unum,” in which I described how participants in SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program were able to set aside partisan and ideological differences to form a cooperative and cohesive unit. As I [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

E Pluribus Unum

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. America’s unofficial motto. It is on the Great Seal of the United States and the back of the quarter. It has been used for generations to describe the country, referring to the belief that many [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

Independence Day: What Can the Leaders of Today Learn from our Founding Fathers?

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. and SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research Governments, especially their legislative branches, seem to have lost the respect of the voters they are elected to represent. A good friend describes the support of the United States Congress as being similar to AT&T’s “Friends and Family Plan” - the only [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

Caught in the Middle: Majority Leaders Revisited

This June, SLLF will host the fourth annual Conference for State Majority Leaders (CSML) in Honolulu, Hawaii. As we prepare for this meeting, we thought we would revisit a paper that Steve Lakis, Ken Morton and Thom Little wrote after the first meeting three years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. The paper is entitled “Caught in [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|