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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

19 May

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review**

I am a big fan of Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts and was excited to see that he had transitioned the concepts of the five love languages into a business setting. I have found that my biggest complaint with most of the companies that I have worked with was that so few people expressed appreciation for their workers and volunteers. Despite being a hard worker, it is hard to really try your hardest when you feel that what you are doing isn’t important or appreciated. This books does a great job giving examples of how to convey appreciation and how different people will feel appreciation from different actions.

The five languages of appreciation, mirroring that five love languages were Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Giving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. I thought it was good that the book strongly downplayed the role of physical touch in the workplace, but provided specific examples that would be ok (high five, hand shake, pat on the back) because while physical touch may be great for expressing love, you must be much more careful of that in the workplace.

Gary and Paul found that there is often a correlation between someone’s primarily love language and their primary language of appreciation, but the two are not always the same. I was glad that their studies reached this conclusion, because I was originally worried that in reading this book I would be merely absorbing the same information I got from The Five Love Languages. The authors found that like your primary love language, your primary language of appreciation typically remains constant through an individuals life, but there are factors that will temporarily change it. They discussed how certain stages in life or how specific circumstances could temporarily change the primary means through which an individual feels appreciation.

OverallI I thought the book was great, a little appreciation is often very cheap, if not free to implement, and it can make a huge difference in job satisfaction and performance. I would recommend this book and I hope more people will show appreciation for their co-workers, subordinantes, and superiors. Lastly, I would recommend buying the book new to receive a code the the MBA Inventory (buying a code separately costs $20), which will help you determine your primary, secondary, and least important language of appreciation. You can find this book at http://mpnewsroom.com/books/5-languages-appreciation-workplace.

 

Inside Pages

02 May

 
 

Running WordPress on GoDaddy Free Hosting Account

08 Dec

Well a few months back I set our to get WordPress running on my free GoDaddy hosting account. The install seemed fine, but iframes inserted by GoDaddy badly butchered my dashboard. It looked like this:

Broken Dashboard

Broken Dashboard

I spent about 5 hours trying to fix the darn thing.  After a lot of searching, I found a comment by stefano.torricelli on one of the WordPress forums.  I can’t believe that this information isn’t more readily available…

FIX DASHBOARD

All you need to do to get your dashboard working is:

Open the file /wp-includes/script-loader.php and apply the changes. Find the following:

echo “<link rel=’stylesheet’ href=’” . esc_attr($href) . “‘ type=’text/css’ media=’all’>n”;

and replace with:

// ***************************************************************
// godaddy ads fix
$st_data = file_get_contents( $href );
$st_data = substr( $st_data, 0, strpos( $st_data, ‘</iframe></noscript>’ ) );
echo “<style type=’text/css’ media=’all’>n”;
echo $st_data . “n”;
echo “#conash3D0 { display:none; }n”;
echo “</style><!– /wp-includes/script-load.php –>n”;
// ***************************************************************

ALSO

Find:

echo "<script type='text/javascript' src='" . esc_attr($src) . "'></script>n";

And replace with:



// ***************************************************************
// godaddy ads fix
$st_data = file_get_contents( $src );
$st_data = substr( $st_data, 0, strpos( $st_data, '</iframe></noscript>' ) );
echo "<script type='text/javascript'>n";
echo $st_data;
echo "</script><!-- /wp-includes/script-load.php -->n";
// ***************************************************************

That will repair your Dashboard.

REMOVE ADS


If you want to remove the ads from any pages hosted on your free GoDaddy account add:
#conash3D0{display:none;}
to your css style sheet, which in the case of WordPress will be in:
/wp-admin/css/login.css.
 

Thanksgiving

25 Nov

Well I just had my first Thanksgiving with Lisa and Patrice. Tomorrow I will have Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Family is in town for the holiday. There is so much that I am thankful for…

I have some time off this week, which is great, but sadly I had to spend a lot of time these last two days trying to fix an external hard drive that decided to corrupt out of the blue. Luckily the vast majority of that data was backed up, but there were a couple of things I recently added that weren’t backed up yet. I almost called it quits and just reformatted the drive (it still works, something just corrupted it) when I realized that the photos from Patrice’s bridal shower are on that drive and my aunt deleted them from her memory card. So, continue to try to fix the drive I shall. I am able to rescue the data, but I don’t want to sift through hundreds of thousands of files looking for the 40 I actually want… Hopefully I can get the drive to a state where those files can be easily identified and backed up.

Anyways, on a Thanksgiving note, it’s almost Black Friday, time to buy super cheap movies and completely deprive myself of sleep. It should be fun, it always is :-) Speaking of backing up data, I think I am going to buy a few more hard drives on Friday.

Well that’s all for now, thanks for reading…

 
 

Thank You stefano.torricelli

06 Nov

Well it looks like I finally have my WordPress admin panel working again, some genius who goes by stefano.torricelli solved it for me. I searched for hours trying to figure out what was messing it up. I read his post the other night, but it didn’t work, I must have replaced too much of the code. So I used find/replace just now using his suggestion and it cleaned up the code and everything is working. :-)

 
 

blog.brandonharter.com

04 Nov

Well, I got my blog set up at blog.brandonharter.com. For some reason however, my admin page is rendering way wrong and I can’t seem to figure out why. It is almost as if the css isn’t loading and the HTML is smushing every together. I have been searching through the forums and trying many suggestions, but nothing is doing it… I configured my blog to work with my iPod, so I guess I’ll blog this way until I figure it out…

 

Textbook Time

30 Jul

It’s time to buy textbooks again… I usually buy on amazon and half.com, but this semester I am considering buying on eBay, maybe some international version, it seems to be a lot cheaper and they claim it’s the same content. If that is so, I will be able to save quite a bit of money. Let’s hope all goes well, time to do some searching…

 
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$10 Car Ride

11 Jun

I was driving home and saw a car on the side of the road.  I stopped to ask them if they needed help.  They eagerly said that they did.  I assumed it would be a simple jump, but they had a blown hose.  I didn’t know what I could do for them.  They were trying to get to the mortuary right down road.  I told them I knew where it was and they asked if I could take them there.  I agreed.  They pulled their car into the nearby parking lot and got into my car.  I am always cautious though, I had my knife easily assessable because there are so many scammers and crazy people now-a-days.  I was happy that this guy and two older ladies were friendly.  The one lady handed me some money, but I told her it was fine and I didn’t want it.  She insisted, saying it was the least she could do since I saved them from missing their chance to say goodbye to their loved one.  They were pretty grateful and I headed home.  The irony of the situation was that I was listening to The Funeral by Band of Horses as I drove up to their car and minutes later I was driving them to a funeral.  Life is full of surprises and today has been a very busy and eventful day.

 
 

$500 machine

11 Jun

Today has been an interesting day. I have had our 7 disc duplicator sitting in my office for a little while. It was broken and would cost about $500 to replace. I’ve spent some time looking at new ones, but I wanted to try to fix it before we coughed up the cash. I started by ripping the machine apart (I void a lot of warrenties, but it’s usually worth it).

Anyways, I ripped some of the drives out and determined that one of them has gone bad, it is just no longer usable. However after changing a ton of settings and swapping drives I had 6 of the 7 drives fully functional. Now all I have to do is buy a $30 DVD-RW Drive and we’ll be fully functional again. So looks like I saved about $500 :-)

 
 

DropBox

29 Apr

Well DropBox is pretty legit, I like it a lot.  I have been using it a lot and I suggest you try it out :)  It is very useful for sending files back and forth from work.  I have been using it to send sermons home and announcements to church.  It is pretty great.  Give it a try, you will get 2 GB for free and if you complete their tutorial you will get an extra 250 MB.

Sign up with my link and we’ll both get another extra 250 MB.
Their iPhone/iPod app is pretty legit too, check it out!