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So Proud I Could Bust!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research Do you recall those times in your life that you were, as my grandfather used to say, “So proud I could bust?” When your son aced that piano recital? When your daughter nailed the three pointer to win the game? When that girl [...]

By | 2016-03-16T10:04:27+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

The Year Just Passed and the Year Ahead

by Stephen G. Lakis, President, SLLF In 2015 SLLF held 9 major programs, (which explains why the year went by so fast: one program after another, each different in content, location and audience). It was another great year for us with legislative leaders from every state in the nation participating in at least one SLLF event. [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

Advice for the New Year: Watch the Cars, Not the Light

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. As a 20 year-old college student, I was privileged to serve as an intern in the North Carolina General Assembly during the 1985 legislative session. Working for Senate Majority Leader Kenneth C. Royall, Jr. taught me many things about leadership but one of my most vivid memories and greatest lessons [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Ethics and Leadership|

SLLF and Chinese People’s Assoc. for Friendship Establish Historic Partnership

In December 2015, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new and permanent partnership between our two organizations. This partnership is the direct result of an agreement endorsed by Chinese President Xi and President Obama during President Xi’s visit [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Do What You Ought To Do

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. My sixteen-year old daughter has played AAU basketball since she was nine years old so I have had the “privilege” of spending many Saturdays and Sundays on hard bleachers, in cramped gyms trying not to totally lose my composure (and religion) when the “stripes” missed an obvious foul against my [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Getting Out of Prison!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. Earlier this fall, I was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, also known as “The Farm.” I would like to thank Cindy Mancuso and Walter Thomas of Louisiana Speaker Chuck Kleckley’s office for springing me from the joint! Of course, it was also their fault that I was [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

SLLF Knows How to Pick’em!

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. At SLLF, we are not accustomed to tooting our own horn, but in this case, “toot toot!” Last week, the Governing Institute Women in Government Leadership Program announced its 2016 class and it included five graduates of SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). This feat is even more impressive when you [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Leading Millennial Matt

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Representative Mathew Wollmann of South Dakota at SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. At 24 years of age, Rep. Wollmann was the youngest member of an impressive class and many of us took to calling [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

What if the Founding Fathers Acted Like Us?

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. For the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Edward J. Larson’s The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789. As I read this intriguing examination of our first President’s actions after he resigned his military commission and before he took the oath as our nation’s first President, I am reminded [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Winning Elections is Not Enough

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. During the first week of July, I was honored to spend three days with state legislators from all over the country under the tutelage of Dr. Ed Freeman and other fine members of the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Among the many insightful and thoughtful [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|