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Sat Nov

HBR’s Essentials: Daniel Goleman on “What Makes a Leader” and “Emotional Intelligence”

I’m in the process of reading HBR’s Essentials box set. In book one there is a great chapter on Emotional Intelligence written by Daniel Goleman. I had previously read his…

hbr essentials

I’m in the process of reading HBR’s Essentials box set. In book one there is a great chapter on Emotional Intelligence written by Daniel Goleman. I had previously read his books on emotional intelligence and social intelligence at the beginning of college, and I really enjoed them.

The chapter really highlighted for me how focused I’ve been on improving and how terribly behind I am, from a leadership perspective, in developing my emotional intelligence quotient.

I don’t think I innately have a low emotional intelligence quotient, but I do think that because I’m so mire in the technical on a day to day basis that it makes it hard to switch gears.

Below are the 5 characteristics of high emotional intelligence, and what they mean:

Self Awareness

The ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effects on others.

Self Regulation

The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods. The propensity to suspend judgement – to think before acting.

Motivation

A passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status. A propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence.

Empathy

The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people according to their emotional reactions.

Social Skill

Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks. An ability to find common ground and build rapport.

I think that I leave a lot to be desired when it comes to these five dimensions in my current role, but I’m sure in another place, at another company, or in another world I would be a rockstar if put in the right environment.

 

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Sun Jan

Open Office Layouts are Stupid and Annoying, Here’s Why…

Read the Article Here! I hate open workspaces. I think they are distracting, hinder my productivity, cause me to worry more about people judging me than my work performance. I…

Open Office Layouts are Dumb

Read the Article Here!

I hate open workspaces. I think they are distracting, hinder my productivity, cause me to worry more about people judging me than my work performance.

I excel when I can sit down, not worry about prying eyes, and focus on the task at hand rather than the conversation my coworkers are having 15 feet away.

Turns out, I’m not the only one that has had these exact sentiments and highly values my private office. In fact, there are MANY others.

Read this article for a nice explanation of why the open office layout trend is stupid.

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Fri Nov

Figure Out Your “Inflation Adjusted” Salary

When I was in elementary school we had one of those “career days” where parents come in and share what they do for a living, what their jobs are like,…

When I was in elementary school we had one of those “career days” where parents come in and share what they do for a living, what their jobs are like, how much they make, and a bunch of other stuff. During this career day one of the parents, who seemed relative well off (doesn’t matter what he did), shared that he made $60,000 per year.

Ever since that day, for one reason or another, $60,000 was always the number that I benchmarked salaries against. The problem with this logic is that money devalues over time based on inflation.

For those of you interested here is a link to the inflation rate, by month, for the past 100 or so years.

This past week I decided, for the hell of it, to see what my inflation adjusted salary would be if I was the guy that presented to my class in 1995. Using this inflation calculator, or perhaps the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator, you can figure out what your salary would be both looking forward and looking back.

$60,000 in 1995 = $93,477  in 2015

I look the salary I make right now, and even though I’m far more qualified, intelligent, and motivated than the parent that presented to my class in 1995, I’m still making less than he was in 1995.

The fact is, salaries are not growing with inflation.

Take a look at the average physician salary in 1995 and then cross reference it with the national average salary for primary care physicians presented on Glassdoor. Plug in the numbers and the conclusion is that the average primary care physician is making $45,000 less than they should today, and about $30,000 less than they were in 1995.

To add insult to injury, education, grocery, and medical costs have grown at astronomical rates, pensions, 401k matches, and other work related perks have ceased to exist, and Americans are working harder, longer, and more ruthlessly than ever to keep their job, or compete for a new one.

In my mind all of this is not ok, and it has happened over such a long period of time that we can’t perceive the changes that have transpired. Boiled frog.

Here is a fun (read depressing) video that highlights the first half of this post, but fails to highlight the cost of living increases, increased productivity, and other aspects of the economy that I mention in the second half:

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Sun Oct

Regular Expressions, mod_rewrite, and Apache

This past month I went through the process of migrating all of the posts that I had from thecampuscompanion.com to my new site here at sparqvault.com. The process of migrating…

This past month I went through the process of migrating all of the posts that I had from thecampuscompanion.com to my new site here at sparqvault.com.

The process of migrating all of the content was tough enough, but in order to maintain the traffic that I was receiving from the articles, pictures, and general site content I needed to implement some pretty crazy rewrites.

I was using WordPress multisite so the upload paths for the files were weird. Additionally, migrating all of the filed from multisite upload paths to a regular multisite install was damn near impossible. The rewrites for that were even more difficult. I had to do a workaround based on date.

REGARDLESS, I was extremely impressed by my ability to learn Apache mod_rewrite (even though I didn’t end up using it), basic regular expressions, and a variety of rewrite rules.

Below is the result. FUN!

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Thu Jul

Curated: Nicolas Jolly

Nicolas Jolly is a french artist that works primarily with black ink. His work reminds me so much of Vincent Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings it’s crazy.  It’s remarkable how much simple…

Nicolas Jolly is a french artist that works primarily with black ink. His work reminds me so much of Vincent Van Gogh’s reed pen drawings it’s crazy.  It’s remarkable how much simple strokes of a pen can illustrate form and movement.

Wheat Field with Sun and Cloud

Van Gogh Reed Pen Drawing

Nicolas’ drawings all have a “fingerprint” design that absolutely amazes me. I can’t imagine how he is able to superimpose a fingerprint design on everything he is drawing.

The only way I think I could do something similar is if it were on tracing paper over a light boxed picture. At least in that scenario I’d be able to see when the strokes need to go!

Truly amazing work. Make sure to check out his Behance profile and show some love!

Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Boards Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint City Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Corridor Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Dirt Road Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint France Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Montain Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Portrait Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Sailboat Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Steps Nicolas Jolly Fingerprint Warehouse

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