Surgery while reading emails!

« Hey, you! Pay attention! Now! Two Northwest pilots had their licenses stripped away because they reportedly flew off-course, incommunicado, while scheduling future flights on their personal laptops instead of paying attention to their existing flight. Can you believe it? I do.

Mobile devices are the great distractions — and distractors — of the Information Age. I’ve heard nurses whisper about doctors who check their Blackberries in the middle of laparoscopic procedures and anesthesiologists who fiddle with their iPods while monitoring vital signs. We want what we want when we want it and we want it now! Even if that means we (inadvertently) overfly Minneapolis by 150 miles. »

This excellent view is an extract of a paper from Michael D. Schrage, the famous author of « Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate » .

I think that it will force corporations to seriously consider a Blackberry etiquette. If we don’t, accidents and mistakes will do !

Source : Harvard Business Review on Tiwtter

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