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Author Archives: Steve Richards

Steve Richards works on Strategy for Workplace Services for a large systems integrator and spend his time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, reading, eating out and walking on the beach.

Time Distortion

Over the last month I’ve doubled my dose of Pregabalin, one of the medications that I use.  Within a few days I noticed a significant improvement in pain (the desired result) but a strange side effect, the time taken to achieve any cognitively demanding task significantly increased, by at least a third. I wasn’t immediately […]

Influence Without Authority

It’s appraisal time at work right now and it’s our custom to seek 360 degree feedback, which is starting to stream in.  One recurring theme over the years has been that some of my work is too conceptual or theoretical and this makes it hard to directly implement.  I’ve thought long and hard about how […]

My Relationship With Gadgets and Apps

Gadgets of one form or another have been a constant in my life, I’m drawn to them in a way that I can’t fully explain, but there’s a constant niggling voice in my head encouraging me to give in to my desire to buy, to tweak, to enhance, to play. For most of my life […]

My Productivity Highlights From The Last 20 Years

I’ve been thinking about my productivity a lot over the last few months, it’s struck me that for all the new innovations that have been delivered it hasn’t improved that that much.  As I look back over the last 20 years the high points are not the obvious ones, it’s not been the iPhone or […]

Lessons Learned From Tracking My Life

Over the last year I’ve used the Coach Me app on my iPhone and iPad to track all of the aspects of my life that I want to promote or prevent.  For example I wanted to have more family meals and less high pain days, I wanted to spend more time cycling and stop eating […]

Trying The End To End Windows Eco-System

Well, I took the plunge, inspired by Microsoft’s January Launch of Windows 10, I’ve decided that the only way to really evaluate it is to use it.  I’m already 2/3 Microsoft.  The heart of my home is a HP Micro server running Windows 8, 3 TB of media, backups and Plex. It’s the entertainment hub […]

Microsoft Really Is On A Roll

Microsoft continued it’s gradual unveil of Windows 10 yesterday.  It didn’t touch on any of the enterprise features, which have been strangely down played so far, but it did clearly demonstrate its vision of a single platform spanning all form factors.  For the first time in over a decade it looked like a there was […]

Finding A Passion In Retirement

Passion is important in life.  People often develop a passion for their work because they work hard at it, get good at it, make progress and get positive feedback. It’s rare that they start out with this passion, they just take the first step ‘work hard’ and the rest follows naturally.  I’m no longer able […]

Moving On From Facebook

Over the last few years I’ve found Facebook to be useful as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, to watch their lives unfold from afar.  Unfortunately when I open up Facebook now that’s not what I see, instead of news about people I care about, I feel like Facebook is trying […]

Pitfalls Of CEO Led Workplace Design

I recently read the results of an interview with a CEO about their requirements for office space,t he result was bland and in my view useless, they said that the workplace needed to: Reflect the proper, as well as a positive image on the company to clients, investors, partners and employees. Enhance our ability to […]