Thursday, May 22, 2008
Mayor Bieter "Unplugged" will be held on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at the Basque Center (601 W Grove St.) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 and the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is FREE to all BYP members and $15 for non-members.
This link takes to you a video message from the Mayor about our area's young talent. The link also takes you to a list of questions and Mayor Bieter's response from our last "Unplugged" event.
The results of the YP Global Impact Survey will be released at the event!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
By Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
In the five years since this book has been published, many other business books have tried and failed to capture the true essence of leadership. Captain Abrashoff’s “It’s Your Ship” nails it perfectly for the ages and I strongly recommend this book for anyone at any stage of their career.
Abrashoff explores the finer points of leading and managing an organization while confronting rapid change. Furthermore he describes the highest point of all leadership: converting disinterested and average employees into Top Performers that consistently produce winning results. His strategies and approach are very powerful in today’s economy. Also, keep in mind these aren’t just words, he actually did it, Abrashoff shows the actions behind the message on how his team went from worst to first and then stayed at the top.
I found the book enjoyable to read and I appreciate the author’s willingness to share his personal growth over the course of his career. He candidly discussed overcoming some of his vulnerabilities and insecurities while becoming a top leader; its proof that top leaders should never stop learning about themselves and the team around them.
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff’s website: http://www.grassrootsleadership.com/
Written By: Ilya Kucherenko, Professional & Leadership Development Work-Team
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Latta’s statement on her website tells the reader as much about her as it does her art. “Each piece seems to become what it wanted to be all along,” says Latta. “I am simply the tool that allows it to get there.”
Like most artists in the area, Latta has seen a lot of change lately in Boise’s art scene, mentioning the Visual Arts Collective specifically as a boon for the city. “The VAC [features] artists who don’t necessarily get shown in mainstream galleries,” says Latta. “It is also a place where artists gather.”
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Attendees will be able to enjoy a private viewing of the 2007 Idaho Trienniel exhibit, a statewide juried art exhibit that only occurs every 3 years. Leaders in the Boise community will discuss the importance of arts in a community, from both the business and the arts perspective.
- Joel Hickman - President of KeyBank Idaho
- Michael Faison - Executive Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts
- Wesley Jessup - Executive Director, Boise Art Museum
Cost is $15 BYP members/$25 for non-members and includes admission to the event and appetizers. A no-host bar will be available.
According to Arts & Culture Chair, Larissa Lamson, "BYP has really outdone itself this time! BYP members don't want to miss this chance to meet such key people in our community, plus the chance to mingle with other BYP members in an awesome setting."
To register for this special event click on this link: BYP Night at BAM.
Many of the artists selected for this year’s event call the Boise Metropolitan Area their home and have watched the area and its arts develop during the past decade. They have seen the impact of art on Boise and Boise on art, and why it is integral to a vibrant and livable community like this one. Leading up to the Triennial, you will find blurbs in your inboxes featuring local artists and their stories regarding Boise and art. Get to know the people who are influencing the way our area is seen across the nation and check out their art in person with other BYPers September 18.
For someone whose career profile test suggested “forest logger”, Angela Katona-Batchelor has taken advantage of an art inclination from an early age. “I guess artist wasn’t an option on that test,” says Katona-Batchelor.
Katona-Batchelor has been involved in the Boise art scene for five years. She came to the City of Trees from Twin Falls, a move that she says shifted her concept of art and its boundaries. “I was accustomed to seeing traditional materials and subject matter and much of the work I was exposed to here didn’t fit into that category,” says Katona-Batchelor. “I think that the development of more alternative art spaces in Boise, like the Visual Arts Collective, only helps to educate the public about what is happening in the contemporary art scene.”
Still, Katona-Batchelor would like to see more public art pieces, because she feels it adds to the daily lives of those who are exposed to it. She believes the movement is heading in the right direction and sees the difficulties of introducing new concepts to an exisiting market. “Art is a hard sell … some art takes a long time to reach people and to develop an audience that will support it.”
Katona-Batchelor considers herself a mixed media artist and works in, among others, painting, drawing, sculpting, and printmaking to find the medium that best suits an idea conceptually. “I try not to be exclusive to any particular media simply for the sake of loyalty. To me, every medium has a specific language ascribed to it that can inform meaning,” says Katona-Batchelor.
The Boise art scene is happy to have her and glad she decided to pick up a pencil and a paintbrush instead of an ax. Katona-Batchelor has recently been viewed at the Visual Arts Collective and she will be one of the 25 artists whose work will be on display at the Triennial.
Written by Blake Bowyer - BYP Marketing & Development Work-Team
Monday, May 21, 2007
During the May 2 luncheon, BYP members and guests listened in as Nancy Vannorsdel, President & CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and Mike Reynoldson, Government Relations Manager for Micron Technology spoke about the importance of a community college in the Boise area. "Boise is the largest urban area in the country without a community college, " said Nancy Vannorsdel. She continued by stating the importance of having education and training opportunities in the area for the development of our local workforce and the attraction of companies with higher paying jobs.
A community college district in the Boise area would allow more students to attend college and continue their education. Increased job skills for our local workforce and available training for local employers are critical to the future success of the Boise area.
Many students cannot afford and some may not be ready to attend a four-year college or university. Boise State University, the largest college in the Boise area, turns away hundreds of students each year who hope to further their education.
Here are a few articles to read to increasing your understanding on the proposed Community College for Southwest Idaho:
Monday, January 8, 2007
First of all, what is morality? My definition refers to acting, thinking, and doing the right thing. A few other definitions can be found online at Dictionary.com
So, what qualities do you look for in others and yourself in regard to morals? Personally, I respect others, and myself, more when doing the right thing is the hard choice to make. Consistently sticking to your "moral guns" can be difficult to accomplish, but when accomplished, it is something that I greatly respect in others and myself.
Some of the qualities I look for in others (and strive to live by myself) include:
- Treats everyone with respect
- Puts others first
- Ex: #1) You receive your paycheck and notice that you were paid an extra $1,721 more than usual (knowing that you didn't work overtime, get a bonus, or earn more commission). Do you report the difference to your accounting department/supervisor or do you let it go saying, "they made an error and it's not my job to correct them." The honest/trustworthy action would bring this up to the right person. This would be the morally right thing to do.
- Ex: #2) You are having lunch with a potential new partner and he treats you like gold (or platinum if you will). You begin to think of him as a friendly, intelligent, and trustworthy new business partner. However, you begin to notice how he speaks rudely to his administrative staff on the phone during lunch and watch as he constantly verbally abuses the wait staff at the restaurant. How does this affect your judgement of this potential new business associate? Do you feel he is a morally sound individual? Would he treat you differently if you were not going to benefit him in some way? How will he treat others in your circle of influence, customers, and other people in contact with your business?
- Ex: #3) You are working in a team to accomplish a goal and the group decides to move in a direction that produces tremendous results. A few weeks later your company's CEO asks you to report to the board on the progress of strategic direction of the group. Knowing you were part of a team where everyone contributed equally to the decisions and ideas of the successful new direction, you arrive at the meeting with two options for sharing the information: 1) You could try to make yourself look good and further your career by claiming all the credit for the group's decision, or 2) do the right thing and express the true movement of the group by stating the group has made excellent suggestions and give credit where credit is due...stressing the team's efforts. The obvious moral answer is option #2.
Moral qualities are the unwritten law or code of ethics that you follow and expect to see in others. It seems that you recognize morality when you see it, as well as when you don't see it.