Stowe Boyd – Tools have a transformative impact on people

To the degree that those things are adopted and appear in organizations, and there’s a million reasons why they might not. You know, there’s all kind of people that, you know, can be uncomfortable about these tools and all say “oh it’s just another headache, it’s another thing I have to do, I’m too busy.. You know we’ve already have email, we’ve already have Sharepoint, we don’t need all this junk”.

So, the million reasons why people can opt out, and, also it’s a reason why that can happen… you know… independently of the tools, completely extrensic to the tools. And in some cases, you know, maybe a tool is not very good, and that also leads to… But in an example I am aware of in which there is a widespread adoption and people take on these tools, they do have a transformative impact on people. There is a million sociological and psychological reasons why. And so, you know, the bottom line of all that is that potentially people could be happier, they could have closer relationships in the business setting and more of them. And there are some indicators to suggest that the use of these tools somewhere leads to a greater sense of personal satisfaction, and that derives from a greater degree of autonomy, or a greater sense of connection and a greater sense of shared purpose.

There’s a million different dimensions there, but the bottom line for business is, you know, in a sense of they mainly care of people happier and, feel more, you know, more autonomy but there are really happy to find the people more productive and come to work more often or whatever. So I think it’s one of those things where given the right setting, the right circumstances, they can have a large impact, a major impact on people’s work.

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