Tuesday, 7 January 2014

When you can't make it into the office, don't end up going round in Merkels ...

A mock up of Angela Merkel on QUBE
An artist's impression of Angela Merkel
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As the first female chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel doesn't usually have much time to put her feet up. And breaking her pelvis in a skiing accident hasn't slowed her down any. While her doctor has ordered her to rest for three weeks, she will still be chairing the first cabinet meeting of the new year, and will be in constant contact with her ministers by phone.

Of course, there's only so much you can share when you're just talking over the phone. You can't share a document with someone. Or stand shoulder to shoulder with a colleague and develop ideas on a whiteboard. Or switch between group discussions and private conversations in a matter of seconds.

Accidents happen, as does illness, or just having commitments that keep you at home. Being unable to move doesn't mean that you have to stop working. Prof Eddie Obeng posited the same thing here. Hopefully the word will get to Angela.

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