Monday, February 20, 2017

Support Holly Cook and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

by Michael Strickland

I always marvel at those who have the energy to rise and excel in the professional world, while balancing family and community activities. When I first met Holly Cook, I was impressed by her charisma and willingness to really make a difference.

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm," wrote Sam Levenson, in One Era & Out the Other. "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others!"

That is why I support this initiative by Holly who is extremely passionate about the noble efforts of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that help to improve the quality of life for those fighting blood cancers, including promoting progress toward cures for Leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Myeloma.
Support Holly in her fundraising efforts during the next 10 weeks of Man and Woman of the Year!
“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Public policy advocacy is also a passion of Holly's, and she seeks to help create potential solutions to problems such as out-of-pocket medical costs through LLS. Holly's largest goal is to raise awareness and funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to continue the growth of efforts that benefit families affected by blood cancers.

"Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed." - Matthew 8:5-8

Here is a great chance for you to help with badly needed healing.

The world is a better place because of people like Holly. Will you donate today? 

Follow Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Idaho and Montana Chapter on Instagram at @lls_idaho_and_montana

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Friday, February 17, 2017

What Makes the Mrs. Premier World Pageant System Unique and Valuable?

Mrs. Premier World  Janice McQueen-Ward
What, another pageant?  I have heard this question several times in my years of covering, writing about and judging in the pageant world.

Fortunately, my travels have allowed me to come across the stellar work of Kristen Jones Rossow.

The following are some things that are unique about Kristen's Mrs. Premier World Pageant system:

1. They have non-comparative numerical judging. The judge will score you 1-15 at the end of your presentation. In other systems they won't score you then. Instead they'll bring you back on stage as part of a group and at that point they will then score everyone, comparing you against everyone on the stage, especially those standing next to you. In our system you get an actual score. Panel interview 1/3 Fitness in Swimwear 1/3 Gown 1/3 From there the finalists will be selected and all scores set to zero. In finals On stage Question 1/3 Fitness in Swimwear 1/3 Gown 1/3 Because it is an international pageant interviews will be conducted in front of a panel of judges to accommodate language translators.

2. Delegates champion their own platform, not an organization's.

3. They're looking for the complete package, no age limit.

4. You get two shots at a crown, US (or other country) and World.

5. The Executive Director Kristin Jones Rossow has been a regional director previously had state pageants which were televised twice AND they are currently looking for sponsors for national and international telecasts.

Click Here for more information about how to register!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Myranda Mondry: TSheets Helps Recover Stolen Truck

by Michael Strickland

I love stories in which justice is served with a happy ending. And when it comes to stories from "great" companies, greatness, like, many objectives, is in the eye of the beholder. One simple test for greatness is how a company is experienced by its constituents – its customers, its associates, and the community-at-large.

A Boise-based blogger is rapidly producing such stories.

It’s a well-known fact that TSheets helps business owners save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year, writes Myranda Mondry in a Dec. 16 blog on the TSheets website. She continues: "but did you know that TSheets has also saved an employee from wrongful conviction? Or that it’s saved a stolen smartphone from the hands of a thief?"
I have been following the work of TSheets CEO Matt Rissell, since being introduced to this emerging leader a few years ago. Did you hear the latest news? TSheets even saved a stolen truck.
According to the news report, the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen by 23-year-old Jide Frederick-Lloyd, a resident of Decatur, Georgia. Before he could get too far, he was located and arrested by Metter police.

Mondry continues, writing:

But here’s what the news report doesn’t tell you:

The truck was owned by an employee of Full Turn Services, a property maintenance and preservation company located in Savannah, Georgia. The employee had left the truck for a matter of seconds while he double checked that he had locked the door of the property he was leaving. Unfortunately, a matter of seconds was all it took for Frederick-Lloyd to hop behind the wheel.
When the employee realized what had happened, he immediately contacted the police and alerted them to the theft, but, by then, Frederick-Lloyd was nowhere to be found.
That’s when Emil Mrsic, owner of Full Term Services, remembered one very important detail: the employee had been tracking his time using TSheets at the time of the theft — and TSheets was tracking the phone’s location.
Mrsic signed in to his TSheets account, navigated to the Who’s Working window, and clicked on the employee’s location. From there, he (and the police) tracked the stolen vehicle’s location using TSheets.
The police caught the bandit nearly 60 miles away and recovered the employee’s stolen truck, and it’s all thanks to Mrsic’s quick thinking and TSheets’ accurate-to-the-second time and location tracking.

"Stolen vehicle recovery isn’t the only benefit of GPS location tracking within the workplace — studies show that employees appreciate the payroll accuracy, increased accountability, and sense of safety that comes with workplace GPS," TSheets says.

Who is Myranda Mondry?

Myranda is a reader, a writer, and a lover of the ‘80s. Her passion for the written word manifested itself during her time at Boise State University, where she majored in many things (including, but not limited to, Medieval Literature) and eventually graduated with a B.A. in Journalism. Since then, she has worked in editing, publishing, and marketing -- but the title “Badass Blogger” seems to fit her best.

What is TSheets?

TSheets ranks among my favorite companies. It is the #1 rated app in the Intuit ecosystem—with over 2,000 five-star customer reviews: Avoid Headaches With Accurate Time Tracking. Track timesheets from any location, using any device, in real time. No More Manual Work or Handwritten Time Cards. Review employee timesheets, and quickly approve them. One-Click QuickBooks Integration. Send approved employee timesheets to QuickBooks to save hours and thousands of dollars.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Stock Rising: Mitch Coats - Master Jiu Jitsu Athlete and Coach

The differences between a good coach and a great one may be subtle, but they can make a world of difference. Knowledge, ability to demonstrate drills and organizational skills are important. But traits like humility, compassion, effective communication, passion and advanced leadership separate the best from the rest.
In Boise, Idaho, one of the best has been emerging toward the highest levels in his field and across all channels. I first met Jiu Jitsu athlete and coach Mitch Coats while working for Troy McClain (of Donald Trump's Season One Apprentice fame) at his Boise office. McClain shares the same office building and trains with Coats. 
"Success leaves tracks. So follow them." - Troy McClain (A Mitch Coats Jiu Jitsu student)
Here are some of the qualities I have noticed by being able to observe this master teacher since 2015:
Every coach wants to win, but not at the expense of skill development. Coats recognizes that it’s about his students, not the man behind the bench. He doesn't measure his success by his trophy case, but by the smiles on the participants faces, their improvement on the Jiu Jitsu mat and their passion for the martial arts.

Coats, who practices a unique form known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, takes the time to get to know his practitioners, on and off the mat. He makes the effort to listen, be understanding and treat participants with respect. He knows that their team is only as strong as its weakest individual and works hard to give every fighter the chance to improve.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit or give up. BJJ encourages free sparring against a live, resisting opponent (also know as “rolling”). Practitioners therefore have the opportunity to test and develop their skills under realistic conditions, while minimizing the risk of injury. SOURCE:
A coach can have all the technical knowledge in the world but if he can’t communicate and teach effectively, that brain power is useless. The clear communication that I have seen Coats demonstrate stems from realizing how each person learns. He crafts and tailors the information to reach each intended target. He knows how to deliver criticism and praise in a way that participants take to heart.
When a coach has a passion for the game and the team, it makes the experience a fruitful one. Coats' excitement for martial arts and for continuous improvement is contagious.  
This true Jiu Jitsu master offers direction and motivation to help his team reach their goals. They have a plan, are organized and develop strategies to encourage each other.  They believe in themselves and work together. Coats leads an enthusiastic, excelling, growing team by personal example.
Stop by and meet Mitch Coats at The Base Training Center in Boise. And get ready for an experience that will change your life. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Personal Trainer and NPC Athlete Carlie Young Lights Up the National Stage

"There are those that call themselves leaders and there are those that lead," wrote Carlie Young in a Dec. 19 Facebook post.  "Take action. Lead by example." ❤️ 

"Prep is starting and I'll finally be stepping on a national #npc stage this next year and I can't wait!! Those #goals are never out of sight!"

Carlie is a Sponsored Athlete at Jax Nutrition and a Personal Trainer at Heart and Core Training Studio. And she is offering Gift Certificate Specials: Check out this deal on her Facebook page: 
Credit: Lenny Wheeler Photography

Buy a $50 Gift Certificate AND Get $25
Buy $100 Gift Certificate AND Get $50 💪🏼
Can be split up if you would like and put towards any of our services including personal training, online nutrition counseling or boot camps. 🙌🏼
(This offer expires Christmas Eve!)

With New Year's resolutions right around the corner, it's time to begin thinking about the best ways to meet them! These thoughts are often enough to get someone stepping back into the gym. 

However, how many times have you set new fitness goals for yourself only to lose interest in a couple of weeks? We all need a little help sometimes. Don't we all sometimes struggle through the same lack of motivation and feelings of unfulfilled fruitless efforts?

I suggest that you capitalize on the tremendous benefits of working with a personal trainer like Carlie Young. Personal trainers are not just for stars and athletes. Every single person can benefit from using one. Personal training is truly an investment in one’s own health and well-being. Accountability, fresh perspectives and ideas, help developing a routine and non-judgemental support, proper technique and form, and solid, consistent coaching are just a few of the advantages.
Here is more from Carlie including one of her nutrition tips:
We also have Boot Camp Punch Cards available- $80 for 10 classes. These make a great gift!! 🎉Help your friends and family reach their health and fitness goals! No excuses to get your protein and veggies in!! This shake takes under two minutes to prepare and drink!! Big thanks to @teamallmax and @jaxnutrition for always keeping me stocked with the best supplements!
1 c egg whites
1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop #allmax IsoFlex protein powder the chocolate peanut butter is the 💣1 c spinach
Blend and enjoy!!  ... Read more here.
Already on the national stage, Carlie Young is destined for even bigger stardom!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Matt Rissell of TSheets: A Rising Leader Poised for International Impact

"Failure. You’ve likely read articles on how to avoid it or turn it around, but rarely how to deal with it openly and transparently. Yet, failure is a business reality. Every entrepreneur - and every successful company - has undoubtedly experienced more than a few gut-wrenching moments of demoralization and market loss, before forging ahead and rising to the next level." 

The above words of wisdom are from Matt Rissell, the visionary co-founder or TSheets, in one of the many brilliant articles he has penned for Huffington Post.

TSheets is Rissell's sixth successful startup venture, in 2006, after discovering a gap in the employee time tracking and reporting market. Since then, the company has ​received Entrepreneur's Top Company Culture ​and named the Idaho Innovative Company of the Year and the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho. Currently TSheets is employing 100+ of the best employees in the business and growing, and circling the globe with customers in over 100+ countries.

Rissell's insights are profoundly useful for anyone who seeks success in business. Rissell writes:

In truth, the fear of failure keeps brilliant business initiatives from happening. It’s too bad. Risk taking and big thinking have always coincided with the potential for failure - countered by the possibility of great reward. For a business or entrepreneur, failure gives us the opportunity to pause, rethink, revise and learn the value of persistence.

As a co-founder of a lean startup, I know this grueling “how to fail” process all too well. Five years ago, you may have been tempted to join our critics - forecasting a slow and painful demise. We’ve certainly had our share of hard days and lean times.

Most company success stories seem to start with the initial light-bulb moment, then skip to their success, completely glossing over the failures that built the backbone of their business. Exhilarating, but far from reality. 

Rissell goes on in the article to share a few market failures his team ecountered, and how each one shaped who they are today.

With a passion for startups, strategy, and identifying high-growth opportunities, he speaks at conferences nationwide and is a contributor to both and AMEX Open Forum and The Huffington Post. Matt serves on the executive committee of the Idaho Technology Council, the advisory board of the Boise State University Computer Science Department, and the Vistage CEO Network. He has also received the 2015 40 Under 40 award from CPA Practice Advisor, 40 Accomplished Under 40 Award from Idaho Business Review, Cartridge World’s Franchisee of the Year award, was named to the Verizon Wireless President’s Cabinet and most recently won the 2015 Rule Breaker Award.

Rissell is rising fast on the internbational stage. a January 2016 article appeared in Forbes called Can Matt Rissell Build His Unsexy Time Sheet Software Business Into A $30 Billion Company?

Listen to Rissell share his story on the Idaho Leader Podcast.

A native of Colorado, Matt enjoys spending time in the mountains of Idaho with his wife, three children, and his Weimaraner, Brushy—bird hunting, bowhunting, and fishing.

Look for Matt Rissell and TSheets to have a global impact in the foreseable future. They are trendsetters in innovation, technology and business!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No Advertising. No Ground Game. Where is all of Trump's Money Going?

by Michael Strickland

Donald Trump has a ton of money, and he’s not spending it on ads. He’s not spending it on building a field campaign. So the logical question becomes: what is he doing with all that money? 

It is awfully late to get a field campaign running. It takes time building up the strength necessary for boots on the ground to translate into electoral success. 

Whether Trump or whoever wants to admit it or not, using big data to help you with these efforts is essential, if not required.

Check out this story: Clinton campaign outspending Trump on ads $52 million to zero.
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has now spent $52 million on ads, and pro-Clinton outside groups have chipped in an additional $39 million, according to ad-spending data from Advertising Analytics.By comparison, the Trump campaign itself has spent $0, with pro-Trump outside groups adding $8 million over the airwaves.
Further, this Washington Post article provides insight into what the Trump ground game looked like for the primaries ... Trump has at times disparaged the data-driven field campaign, the focal point in modern elections, notably thanks to Obama’s impeccable data-mining techniques. Thus,  it should not be surprising that Trump’s ground gave has yet to reach anything close to rivaling Clinton’s.
Donald Trump still hasn’t figured out the ground game.

According to a campaign official, it's a function of enthusiastic volunteers -- volunteers filling a vacuum left by the Trump campaign's non-existent outreach operation on the ground in the region. 
It's not clear where Trump's team is running anything of any scale. The campaign continues to trail Hillary Clinton's staff head-count by a wide margin. Trump has regularly argued that his low spending on staff saves him money, but organizing in battleground states requires staff in those states. The internet allows campaigns to coordinate phone calling remotely, but no one has yet figured out how to knock on a voter's door over the web. Volunteers can run phone banks or precinct walks, but relying on unpaid staff to do that effectively is risky.

What's more, field is not that easy. It takes months of voter targeting and outreach, building up volunteer efforts on the ground and figuring out who you want to talk to, when, and what you want to say. It requires figuring out how you can help seniors to the polls and where and when to offer literature or sales pitches to wavering voters. It's not the sort of thing that you cobble together in a week. It's the sort of thing that professional campaigns looking at November have already started working on.  
Nevertheless, this brings up a compelling issue. After a noteworthy fundraising disadvantage, the Trump campaign has taken great efforts to advertise his fundraising hauls of the last couple months. Read these articles: Trump campaign hauls $80 million in July, closing gap with Clinton andTrump beats expectations, raises $51 million with GOP in June.
So I ask again. What is he doing with all that money?
Blogger "Hunter" puts the issue succinctly.
Perhaps he doesn't intend to spend any of those campaign donations on ads—or anything else. Perhaps someone has let him in on the grandest grift of all time: After your supporters willingly give you their money, you don't have to give it back.
Here is a statistic that should raise a few eyebrows: The campaign of the long-shot Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, has spent $189,000 more on TV advertising for the general election than the Republican nominee. Trump is also being out-spent by the campaign of the Libertarian candidate, according to a report from NBC News. Gary Johnson has outspent Trump by $15,000. Why so close? Because Johnson has spent almost nothing — just $15,000 in total. And Trump has spent exactly nothing.

We know from what few FEC filings there have been, that Trump the Presidential candidate has already been a cash cow for Trump the real-estate mogul. He is already up $6 million.
Through the end of May, Trump’s campaign had plunged at least $6.2 million back into Trump corporate products and services, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. That’s about 10% of his total campaign expenditures.
Even $4.7 million the campaign has spent on hats and T-shirts has a tie to Trump. The provider, Ace Specialties, is owned by a board member of son Eric Trump’s charitable foundation.
Finally, connections have been raised, so one has to ask: Is any of this American campaign money going to Russia?
So, yes, it’s true that Trump has failed to land a business venture inside Russia. But the real truth is that, as major banks in America stopped lending him money following his many bankruptcies, the Trump organization was forced to seek financing from non-traditional institutions. Several had direct ties to Russian financial interests in ways that have raised eyebrows. What’s more, several of Trump’s senior advisors have business ties to Russia or its satellite politicians.
“The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”
What’s more, three of Trump’s top advisors all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Of the past 20 presidential nominees, 19 made their tax returns public. Nearly all of them did it about 200 days before the election. Now, the question for Trump becomes, what are you hiding?
TV ads get more expensive the closer we get to elections. That’s why many groups reserve air time well in advance, to lock in the lower rates. Despite the reports that Trump’s campaign has so far spent $0, there is little signal that they have otherwise reserved any airtime.

Even if Trump is considering all the free airtime that the news channels give him, as many people speculate, it still leaves a powerful vacuum for Clinton and her allies to shape the message being disseminated to the people. While Trump has to grapple with the middle-men of news pundits, oftentimes with agendas of their own, Clinton gets to directly utilize a directed messaging campaign, likely vetted by focus groups for maximum impact.
All of this, added together points to a Trump as terrible executive of his Presidential campaign. One can imagine what it translates to as what kind of executive he would be if he actually made it into the White House. A picture that emerges is of a person singularly unfit to be President, at best. At worst, we are witnessing massive fraud in reality-show format.