Passion for improving lives

For a long time now I’ve watched Jeffrey Snover and admired his passion, Graham noticed as well and linked to this short video that explains some of what motivates Jeffrey.  As Graham points out the all important ingredient is that Jeffrey really believes that PowerShell is going to improve the lives of IT administrators everywhere and I think he’s right.

This sort of passion drives me as well – at least it does when I’m convinced that the technology and process innovations I’m working on with CSC are really going to makes peoples lives more productive and fun.  That’s not always the case of course sometimes the enterprise agenda and the end users agenda are not perfectly aligned, but whenever possible I’m trying to find ways to make what we do a “win win” for CSC, our customers and our users.

This blog reflects my focus on the end user more than my other work in CSC but I’m never more enthusiastic about work than when I think there’s a chance to help people.  Right now though I’m worrying about a few things:

  1. Is ever more technology in our lives really making life better
  2. Is always on communication disrupting our work life balance
  3. Is addiction to email, social networks, computer games, eBay etc going to be as damaging as other forms of addiction
  4. Is mobile working really more productive
  5. Are constant interruptions making us dumb
  6. Do we really need to keep on top of all this information that’s flowing our way so efficiently
  7. What’s the long term effect of virtual work and play on our mental health and the quality of our relationships
  8. Do end users need protecting from themselves
  9. etc

In all of the examples above,  I think the answer turns out to be “it depends” and its part of my job to help reduce the level of uncertainty in the answer.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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