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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.

Shifting From Intellectual Back To Experiential Life

The first 40 years of my life were experiential, dominated by doing, innovating, building and learning on the job; but when I became ill, the focus shifted to an intellectual life, one dominated by reading, strategizing, planning, coaching, reviewing.  It’s not as much fun! The challenge is that at work an experiential life comes with […]

Temptation Bundling

I listen to a lot of podcasts, they provide a great combination of education, entertainment and company when I’m out walking or cycling alone (I reserve listening to audio books for holidays).  Yesterday I listened to a particularly interesting podcast that described the concept of Temptation Bundling: the idea of tying together two activities — […]

Spontaneous Tears

I’ve been in a severe flare for the last 37 days, a traumatic experience that’s required quite a lot of resilience to get through.  Every day I’ve had to fight with myself to overcome my natural tendency to curl up in a ball and instead force myself to keep moving, reading, stretching, cleaning house and […]

Living Well Through A Flare

On this blog I’m always going on about living the best day I can, every day, not living like every day is my last – which seems to extreme – but consciously planning to live well; to avoid going through life on autopilot; to avoid accepting a gradual decline in my health; to feel grateful […]

More On Time Distortion

Further to my post earlier in the week,  I’ve been reducing my Pregabalin dose gradually over the last few days.  I’m much sharper in the mornings and the evenings now.  I’ve been going through my normal Caffe Nero ‘work’ routine and I can’t believe how much time I have.  Only a few days ago I […]

My Personal Work Style

Companies like mine would like to think that there are only a handful of work styles that they need to support and that they can easily categorise the way people work.  Normally this is achieved using a classification that is focused on the type of work that a person does, for example: process, task, knowledge, […]

Lessons Learned From Trying Windows Phone

I spent an interesting few days trialling Windows Phone recently, I chose the the highly recommended Lumia 930 hardware to give it the very best chance to wow me into keeping it.  It didn’t stick, in fact while there were a few design features I liked and the hardware was vastly more powerful than my […]

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 […]