Today's Ebenezer Scrooge would be barking orders 24/7 to Bob Cratchit on his BlackBerry. I once worked for a billionaire who insisted, even if I was vacationing in the Caribbean, on having the phone number of every place I'd be. More often than not, he interrupted my plans by calling and demanding some "mission critical" task.That's Catherine Dickens, the third great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, on the relevance of A Christmas Carol. Regular readers will recall that these pages have for some time asserted the economic losses and unnecessary social tensions inherent in the treadmill model of business behavior. Ms. Dickens cites examples of some people who have opted off. That's one possibility. We will know that the end of the treadmill is coming when Nextel's manic commercials become grist for comedy routines.
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