Technically Speaking: The Office-Free Lifestyle

Work is moving back to homes and hearths. We need some new words for that

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I wonder why a company pays to transport a 170-pound body 20 miles downtown when all it needs is the body's 3-pound brain.attributed to management consultant Peter Drucker

Once upon a time most people worked where they lived. The barn was just steps from the farmhouse, weavers wove on their own hand looms, bakers baked bread on the same hearth where they cooked dinner. The blacksmith's anvils and forges were in a workshop right next door, as were the woodworker's saws and benches. Home was work and work was home.

All that changed when the engines of the Industrial Revolution came rumbling through. The hulking factories and warehouses of mass production required huge tracts of land outside of cities and towns. The world's butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers had no choice but to ply their trades (or more precisely, some repetitive and soul-destroying substitute for a trade) in faraway enterprises. As a result, for the better part of 200 years, most workers have been leaving their homes and heigh-ho, heigh-ho-ing their way to work.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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