Hands On

Lots of CEOs frequently bring work home with them, but how do you make sure that homework doesn't consume too much of your family and personal time? Frederick Beer, CEO of Auragen Communications, a $3-million Web-development business headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., leaves his laptop's power cord at the office. As he types away on documents at home, "when the laptop stops working, I stop working," he says. Beer tried setting aside a few nights each week as nonworking nights, but he found that he couldn't resist the temptation to break out the portable computer to get some business tasks done. But now, without his power cord, he can work for only about an hour and half before his laptop runs out of juice.

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