Thursday, February 08, 2007
Bill Gates sets his limits!
In this weeks TIME magazine there is a short interview with Bill Gates, father of computers. As I am a big fan of Mr. Gates I enjoyed reading this short piece of interview, what I found striking this time was not his new version of Microsoft Vista (which is interesting and I look forward getting it), or his extended charity work with the Gates Foundation, or his passion for computers and new technology. What was striking this time was his role as a father!
Mr Gates says he restricts the hours his son is allowed to use the computer. Although his son must have the latest versions of every gadget available, but his father has realised the importance of restricting and limiting children from overusing these gadgets and new techno toys.
Two years ago I did a major research on Microsoft and how they motivate their employees, it was an interesting piece of research, as the cooperation is one of its kind in knowing how to keep the best in the most seeked after jobs. Last year I attended the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Seattle in USA (amazing and impressive place I have to say). So I have always had a special relationship with Microsoft and Mr Gates, however this time around he made a special impression on me as his role as a parent.
Although I myself am not a parent yet, but I believe it is important to set limits for children. I think now days as parents have become so occupied with their own work and stressful schedules, they hardly manage to make time for their children, hence their children end up either spending hours in front of the TV set or the computer. We have lost touch with the real world and communicating on a normal level. I think there are many things we can learn from Bill Gates and one is this, set the limit!