Support Boise High: Silent, premier, dessert & live auction with AuctionFrogs Mobile Bidding technology

“At this GBoise Highala event we will be hosting a silent, premier, dessert, and live auction using Auction Frogs Mobile Bidding technology,” says CEO Kristi Sutton Saucerman.

“Along with our many auctions, we will also be hosting a Paddle Up opportunity in which attendees can donate funds directly to the school. This year we are raising funds for a new school gymnasium sound system and Chromebooks for the classroom.”

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Beginning March 12th, we will have an online auction through March 21st for hundreds of additional items to bid on!

Pre-order your copy of Tension today

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We have launched our Kickstarter campaign so that you can pre-order your copy of Tension today by clicking on this link.  You will also see other purchase options for various editions of the book as well as webinars, workshops and speeches. So check out the Kickstarter site and pre-purchase Tension.

I also wanted to share with you what others who have already read the book are saying about Tension.

“The Innovation Institute is a healthcare incubator that fosters innovation by incubating ideas through the various stages of evaluation, development, refinement, and commercialization.  We have found many of the concepts discussed in Tension to be evident as we have developed our Innovation Lab and we have developed supporting structures and practices accordingly.  Chris Wasden is a leader in healthcare innovation and this book is a must read for anyone looking to advance innovation and harness tension to fuel their creative genius.  There are many gems throughout the book from succeeding through failure, to the innovation life cycle, and minding your P’s and Q’s.”

Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute

Tensions is a masterpiece. As a venture capitalist focused on financial services innovation I see my portfolio companies finding great opportunities by transforming the maladaptive tensions created by the large incumbent banks into creative tensions that delivers more powerful value propositions that are disrupting the industry. Tension provides an approach that can be used by organizations both big and small to increase their innovative capabilities and capacities.”

Matteo Rizzi ,General Partner, SBT Venture Capital

“The accelerating pace of change in healthcare challenges us to continue to build our managerial and leadership toolkits—to be more agile, to use more gears of mindfulness so that we can lead successfully, and to tap innovationthroughout our organizations. Tension provides a succinct, highly readable and engaging ride through the innovation cycle with lessons for all!”

Vivian Lee, CEO University of Utah Healthcare, Dean of the School of Medicine

Tension provides the road map of how to release the genius in you that isinnovative

Chris and Mitch Wasden are at the forefront of the innovationrevolution.  “Tension” will help you discover and release the best ideas you have and give you a way to monetize those ideas to build a better business.

If you have never been able to understand or harness the power of innovation, you need to read and study this book. It will flat out make your business better!”

Chester Elton New York Times Best Selling author of The Carrot PrincipleAll In & What Motivates Me

“Healthcare today benefits from two opposing dynamics; creative innovationand near perfection in consistency. But how to lead these potentially opposing paradigms in one organisations challenges leaders.  Tension provides well thought through and clear mental models and frameworks to harness the available energy in my organisation to bring more value to customers.”

Christopher McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group

“Tension will put you on the journey from mindless day-to-day process to mindful innovation and how to unleash your personal creativity from your cubicle. It reveals when to ride the innovation cycle vs. operations bike: the prescription offered by two brilliant entrepreneurs. It offers a path to tap the individual creativity inside you and transform your company along the way.”

Francis Gouillart, Co-author of The Power of Co-Creation

Tension resonated from the first page. Today’s CEOs face the paradox of encouraging creative solutions to advance their companies while continuing to invest in strategies that discourage innovative power. In Tension Chris and Mitch Wasden describe this paradox in terms that will resonate with business leaders and OD practitioners alike. Their research clarifies how today’s business challenges are of our own making and releasing our creative genius is as easy as riding a bike!”

Alida Moose, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Penn Mutual

“Chris Wasden and I established OrthoAccel based on many of the principles found in Tension.  These important concepts were relevant then, at the founding stage, and can still be applied today, during a period of significant growth.  The chapter featuring, “A Dozen Mindless Myths,” is particularly practical as it challenges the manager to defy conventional wisdom and think on an entirely different level to inspire innovation.  This book should be required reading for the growing number of venture incubators and accelerators that will continue to be a key source of innovation for generations to come.”

Mike Lowe, CEO, OrthoAccel

Tension shows how companies can unleash their creative genius by applying the Innovation Life Cycle. This is a must read for any organization struggling to innovate.”

Dr. Michael Marquardt, Professor and Director of Executive Leadership Program, George Washington University

President, World Institute for Action Learning, Author of 25 books including global best-seller, Leading with Questions 

“In Tension, the Wasden’s and their Innovation Lifecycle have achieved a “Tour de Force” at the intersection of individual and collective innovativeactions. Both executives and managers will benefit from reading this conceptually sound and practically based book; for that matter, so would anyone contemplating organizational change through innovation.”

Dr. David Schwandt, Professor and Director of Executive Leadership Program, George Washington University

Join the movement to fuel your creative genius www.tensioninnovation.com

Join #idleg candidate Travis Manning @ManningforIdaho and gubernatorial candidate @AJforIdaho Balukoff this Monday #Caldwell

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Join Travis Manning and Idaho gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff this Monday, 4 to 5 pm in Caldwell.

All political parties are invited.

Feel free to bring questions for us. Free Mexican food!

Travis Manning:

For over 20 years, Travis Manning’s honesty and hard work have helped thousands of kids and made his communities, and Idaho, a better place.

Travis, 43, and wife Ann moved to Idaho 9 years ago because they thought it was the best place to raise a family.  Travis and Ann have 3 children, the twin boys, Cael and Whitaker age 4, and their adopted daughter from China, Eliza, 3, adopted during his first run for the Idaho House in 2012.  He is an Eagle Scout and former high school wrestling standout from Tacoma, Washington who has deep Idaho roots, and graduated from now BYU-Idaho in 1993.

As a teacher and community builder, Travis is active in his teacher organization serving on numerous committees.  He has been a Scout leader for much of his adult life.  And he has helpedsmallmug watchdog our democracy as Executive Director of The Common Sense Democracy Foundation of Idaho, enabling parents, teachers and community members to learn and speak out about our public schools and how we can better protect them.  He has been a voice for those who were afraid to speak out.

Travis has worked to shape the character of Idaho’s greatest natural resource: our kids.  He has been a public voice of reason with the op-eds he has written in newspapers statewide.  He has worked with legislators from both parties to make sure the voices of Idaho citizens are heard at the statehouse.

Travis Manning applies the same basic values to everything he does:  Act responsibly.  Speak truth to power.  Put other people first.  Support fair treatment and respect for all Idahoans.  As a principled leader, it is why he has been able to make such a difference in the lives of thousands of kids he has worked with over the years and it is why he will be able to make such a difference for Caldwell, and why he will be able to do even more as the next Representative in Caldwell’s District 10 seat A.

SOURCE: http://votetravismanning.com/

 

A.J. Balukoff:

AJ writes: More than 30 years ago, my wife Susie and I moved to Idaho because we believed it was the best place in the country to raise our children. Over the years, our family has enjoyed Idaho’s natural beauty and its culture, and I’ve had the good fortune to build a successful business and serve on the boards of several organizations. We have proudly watched our family grow to eight children and 30 grandchildren.

But now I see how our state government has neglected our public schools for far too many years and the toll that has taken on our great state, and I worry about the future facing my grandchildren and all of Idaho’s children.  And state economic policies are making it harder than ever for families to make ends meet.

That is why I’m running for governor.

While traveling around Idaho, I have heard from many Idahoans who are deeply worried about critical issues like our education system and economy. I’ve heard people talk about the urgent need for transparency, balance, and accountability in state government.

Unfortunately, Gov. Otter and other state leaders continue to focus on issues that polarize and divide people rather than bring us together. Many of these issues have no impact on most Idahoans. But they take time, energy, and resources away from the important issues: education and economy.

Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount we invest in each student. We rank 47th in the rate of high school graduates who go on to college. State cuts in education spending have forced 40 districts to hold school only four days a week.

Education and our economy go hand in hand. We are  50th in the nation in per-capita income, and second in minimum-wage jobs. Idahoans are commuting out of state or working two jobs to make ends meet. The lack of good-paying jobs is undermining ourwonderful quality of living.

This is unacceptable.

balukoffimageAs a certified public accountant for many years, and a businessman, and as a member of the board of several organizations, including St. Luke’s Treasure Valley, the Boise Philharmonic, and Boy Scouts of America, I have always recommended actions and policies that are fiscally sound.

As governor, I will use those same values and priorities to set policies that make sense for Idaho—not just fiscally and economically, but also for the people of Idaho. I will focus on the concerns of hardworking Idahoans, and listen to the public and key stakeholders rather than signing laws that ignore important voices. I am running for governor to restore balance, transparency, and accountability to our statehouse.

My father had only an eighth-grade education, but he insisted that each of us kids get a good education. I was the first of my grandfather’s descendants to obtain a college degree. I want to ensure that every Idaho child has an equal opportunity for a quality education.

With your support and our shared vision, we will restore the greatness of the beautiful state of Idaho.

SOURCE:  http://www.ajforidaho.com/about-aj

Court rules Paramus Catholic teachers can be tried for alleged overseas sex with students

Artur Sopel (left) and Michael Sumulikoski (right)

Artur Sopel (left) and Michael Sumulikoski (right)

Excerpt from an article by  Dan Ivers/NJ.com

Two Paramus Catholic High School employees can stand trial for having sexual contact with students, despite the fact that the acts allegedly occurred during a trip overseas, an appeals court ruled this morning. Artur Sopel of River Edge, and Michael Sumulikoski of Elmwood Park, had contended that Bergen County authorities did not have jurisdiction to prosecute them.

The appeals court affirmed a July 2012 ruling by Bergen County Superior Court James Guida, who said that the accusations against Sopel and Sumulikoski would have constituted violations of their agreement to chaperone the students during their trip to Germany in February 2011.

Because the agreement originated in New Jersey, Guida ruled that moving the case forward would not violate international law. Read the full article.

Children With Autism ‘Fall Off the Cliff’ After Graduation

For four years, Janet Mino has worked with her young men, preparing them to graduate from JFK High School, a place that caters to those with special needs in the heart of one of the poorest cities in America, Newark, N.J.

All six of them have the severest form of autism, struggling to communicate, but Mino’s high-energy style evokes a smile, a hug and real progress.

Much of the work that she does may ultimately unravel because after these young men earn their diplomas, their future options are bleak — lingering at home, being placed in an institution or living on the streets.

READ THE FULL STORY

25 Universities with the Worst Professors

EXCERPT:

According to the latest figures compiled by an education think-tank, many of the worst profs are teaching in schools in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity compiled a list of schools with the best and worst professors by culling through millions of teacher ratings at RateMyProfessors.com. The teacher ratings were one of the components that the center used in evaluating 650 colleges and universities for Forbes’ ranking of America’s Best Colleges.

Millions of students have used RateMyProfessors to share their feelings about their teachers in the U.S., Canada and U.K. Using a five-point scale, students rate professors on three criteria: helpfulness, clarity and easiness. An overall quality score is determined by averaging the helpfulness and clarity ratings. You can see all four scores for each professor on the site.

1. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (NY)
2. Michigan Technological University
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CT)
4. Milwaukee School of Engineering
5. New Jersey Institute of Technology
6. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
7. Widener University (PA)
8. St. Cloud University (MN)
9. Bentley University (MA)
10. Indiana State University
11. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
12. Central Michigan University
13. Minnesota State University, Mankato
14. Pace University (NY)
15. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
16. Seton Hall University (NJ)
17. Westminster College (PA)
18. Howard University (DC)
19. Iowa State University
20. University of Toledo (OH)
21. Truman State University (MO)
22. Illinois State University
23. University of Connecticut
24. Oregon Institute of Technology
25. University of Maryland

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