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Our goal is to provide you the tools you need to stay informed and do your jobs better. If you’re interested in additional training, connect with one of our professional staff associations to learn more about opportunities to learn with your peers.

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Great management is important to the success of any organization. Yet, too few managers focus on their management roles and responsibilities, instead preferring to focus on the skills and expertise they mastered that propelled them into the role of manager.

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The political workplace is a haven of various opinions and oftentimes contentious topics about which people are passionate and which can sometimes lead to problems. But while conflict (that is, civil conflict) is expected in legislative chambers, it should not be within legislative staff offices.

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Legislatures will have full plates of policy work to address in the next session. We know that many hours of research, deliberation and negotiation are behind the final product of a bill, study or initiative, and we hope legislative staff know that you can call upon NCSL’s assistance and research services along the way.

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Whether it is before a caucus, committee, community gathering, or coffee-fueled planning meeting, most legislative staff will speak to a group at some point.

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With session prep gearing up in most legislatures around the country, staff to-do lists may be getting a bit unwieldy. But here’s one item you should add to the top: Simplify your to-do list!

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Delaware Communications Staff Takes the Podcasting Plunge

It’s not like the communications staff for the Delaware House Democratic Caucus didn’t have enough to do. But after attending the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) association’s professional development seminar last fall, they were inspired to take on a new project.

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In Memoriam: Earl Mackey, First Executive Director of NCSL

Earl Mackey, the leading architect and first executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, died on Aug. 26 in Portland, Ore. He was 81.

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Getting Creative at Legislative Summit

When Amy Climer speaks to groups about creativity, she starts by asking for a show of hands: “How many of you consider yourselves creative?” Usually, about half the people—even in a roomful of artists—raise their hands. That was the case during her talk, “Deliberate Creativity: Three Elements of Innovation,” at the Legislative Summit in Nashville last week during the special Legislative Staff breakfast.

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Have a Wicked Good Time: Hone Your Skills as a Legislative Librarian in Maine

The Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library (LLRL) is thrilled to host this year's LRL PDS. The conference, to be held Sept. 22-25 in downtown Portland, Maine, will include a full day in the historic Maine State House in Augusta.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.