The other night, I found myself watching Up in the Air on the tube. The movie, featuring George Clooney as a traveling ‘career transition counselor’ (i.e. telling downsized employees that they’ve been fired) resonates with me at the same time as it bothers me. Is this what American business has come to, that the hot new field is helping other businesses destroy themselves?
In my own business, I’m busy: that’s part of why I don’t post here as often as I’d like to. But I’m compelled to wonder how long it will last. And I watch George Clooney do demolition, one downsizee at a time, as he wonders about being his own happy life of air travel being demolished as well.
About halfway through the movie, my wife came home and changed the channel. “Thanks, Ducky,” I told her. “You saved me from myself.”
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Quickie Update: I did not need to wait for the rest of the summer for the Daily News to raise its price to match the Post. It only took one week.