May, the fifth month, and yet the first warm month this year. Woo hoo! Even though temps have sometimes neared record-breaking, give me the heat and humidity over ice and snow. Give me the pollen and seasonal allergies — I know they’ll pass, just as I know the LDIAA organization is improving each month. The website committee continues making steady progress, the 25th anniversary-conference committee plans an outstanding event, and book club delves into great reads. Was sorry to have missed your participation in the Art of War discussion; we had a wonderful time. Newsflash is back on a regular monthly publication schedule (thank you, Kat and Tracey and Sheila). Jeff Kreider, Director, Bureau of Talent Development, graciously agreed to regular contributions from LDI program staff — see the debut article in this issue.
If you aren’t familiar with Kouzes and Posner’s The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, take five minutes to check out www.leadershipchallenge.com. Be sure to bookmark the site, because it is that valuable as a reference. LDIAA highlighted The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in last year’s lunch-time L&L sessions.