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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.

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 […]

Work–Life Balance

I’ve been experimenting with improving my work life balance for decades and my approach has mainly been one of work-life integration; where I seamlessly integrate work activities with ‘life activities’ through the day.  But the idea of balance had gradually asserted more prominence in my approach; it no longer seems reasonable to me to do […]

New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Make my health my first job, I’m in the fortunate position that I’m financially able to make recovering my health my first job, but intellectually this has been difficult to come to terms with.  Last year I made some steps in the right direction, this year I’m going to double down on achieving it.  This […]

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

Essentialism was an interesting book to read while reflecting on the last year and planning for the next.  My plan for next year is defined by: doing less; focusing more; being kind to myself – all topics addressed to a greater or lesser degree by the book.  The over-arching theme of the book is to […]

My Plan For 2015

I’ve achieved a lot in 2014, but there are a few things that I’ve failed on, I’m intending to try and fix these.  But I’m also planning to be a little kinder to myself; to reduce the number of objectives I have; to worry less about work; to leave more time in my days for […]

My Non-Fiction Reading List for 2015

I already have so many books that I want to read, it’s difficult to justify adding new books to the list in 2015.  Instead I’ve decided to work though my library and pick ones that I already have.  This is nicely in keeping with the new found joy that I’ve found in not buying things.  […]

What I Achieved This Year And A Few Things I Didn’t

In December last year I decided that this year was going to mark a change; a year that I needed to take seriously; to plan; and measure.  This shift in my focus came for three big reasons: My health was starting to decline again, after a few years of improvement I was about to turn […]