It’s 7:28 p.m. and you realize you’ve once again managed to leave your iPad at the office—but this time with a game of Words With Friends hanging in the balance. You drive back over, park, swipe your access card, walk down the creepy dark hallway… and see a light on in a corner office. Gabe again, working late.
On a Friday night.
On Christmas Eve.
Today’s conventional wisdom has you staging a spontaneous intervention with this poor overstressed lad, setting him on a course to a sane workload, betterand a proper work/life balance. After all, Gabe is a ____-holic. Doesn’t matter what the prefix is; the suffix tells you he’s in crisis and his problem needs to be solved.
But wait a minute. Language is fluid. Suppose we simply replace the “holic” with “enthusiast.” Then Gabe becomes something very different. He’s the guy you never want to lose, the guy who stops at nothing to meet a deadline or...(register to read more)