Posts Tagged ‘ Time Management ’

Study Shows We Are Overworked and Overwhelmed

Study Shows We Are Overworked and Overwhelmed
October 30th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 8 Comments
Any small businessperson who currently swims in the swirling mass of a high-pressure workplace doesn’t need another study to tell him or her that they have reached their limit. However, just in case your overflowing Read more

How Vacations Help the Business Brain

How Vacations Help the Business Brain
October 23rd, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
The thought of this impending time off from the daily in and out of work exhilarates me — and worries me. On the pro side is the anticipation of rest, renewal and relaxation. Weighing in Read more

Mobile Devices Are Creating Meeting Madness

Mobile Devices Are Creating Meeting Madness
October 16th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 5 Comments
A few weeks ago, I was off site at a client’s office facilitating a strategy session. At the start, everyone in the room was constantly checking their cell phones for email messages, texting and attempting Read more

How Small Businesses Land Superstar Clients

How Small Businesses Land Superstar Clients
October 9th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 8 Comments
I did a post for this column on identifying bad clients and knowing when to fire them. In the emails and comments that followed, many of you mentioned the flip side of the coin — Read more

Two Work-From-Home Danger Zones And How To Beat Them Back

Two Work-From-Home Danger Zones And How To Beat Them Back
September 25th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 7 Comments
True confessions. A few days a week, I go to work in my pajamas. Being a member of the estimated 30 million U.S. workers who ply their trade from home at least once a week, Read more

Does Your Small Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

Does Your Small Business Need a Virtual Assistant?
September 11th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 19 Comments
Virtual Assistant. The mere utterance of these words can make a small business owner ecstatic or apoplectic — all depending on their experience with this increasingly popular administrative help. I won’t bore you with the Read more

eBooks: The New Darlings of Small-Business Branding

eBooks: The New Darlings of Small-Business Branding
September 4th, 2012 | Karen Leland
In the world of small business marketing, it sometimes seems like there is a never-ending tension between the “what’s hot now” social media to do and the actual way to execute for maximum business benefit. Read more

Using QR Codes For Small Business Marketing

Using QR Codes For Small Business Marketing
August 28th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 10 Comments
While on vacation seven years ago, entrepreneur Rico Elmore couldn’t find a pair of sunglasses that would fit on his not-so-small noggin. Elmore’s hefty-head experience spawned an ah-ha moment, and today he is the proud Read more

Why Your Personal Brand Wants You to Take Time Off

Why Your Personal Brand Wants You to Take Time Off
August 7th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
I recently returned from a conference that was wall to wall with smart, successful, type A movers and shakers from the worlds of government, academia, business, entertainment, the arts, sciences, publishing and social profit. Being Read more

7 Tips For Hassle-Free Summer Travel

7 Tips For Hassle-Free Summer Travel
July 31st, 2012 | Karen Leland | 17 Comments
If you feel like you’re still recovering from last year’s summer travel season – made memorable by incredibly long lines at the airport, long delays when traveling to visit relatives and poor service at restaurants Read more

Conferences: A Time To Work ‘On’ Your Small Business, Not ‘In’ It

Conferences: A Time To Work ‘On’ Your Small Business, Not ‘In’ It
July 17th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 5 Comments
I make a point of attending at least two professional conferences every year. Despite my last-minute qualms before getting on the plane, I’m always happy — post-conference. My mind-chatter pre-conference goes a little something like Read more

No IT Staff? Use The Apple Genius Bar

No IT Staff? Use The Apple Genius Bar
July 10th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
Most small businesses I know can’t afford to have a full-time computer person on hand, so they often utilize outside resources such as independent consultants for their technology needs. For Mac users, the Genius Bar, Read more

How to Promote Your Small Business Blog

How to Promote Your Small Business Blog
July 3rd, 2012 | Karen Leland
“If you write it, they will come.” Well at least that’s what all those small businesses that start a blog in the hope of driving hoards of potential customers to their site anticipate will happen. Read more

Could Your Small Business Benefit From a Strategic Off-Site This Summer?

Could Your Small Business Benefit From a Strategic Off-Site This Summer?
June 26th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 18 Comments
It’s summer! Flowers are in bloom, cropped pants are being taken off their dusty shelves and small business owners, grumpy from the cold winter months, are looking forward to the future. What better time to Read more

Bust Your Bad Small Business Eating Habits

Bust Your Bad Small Business Eating Habits
June 19th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 10 Comments
Are you the type who walks by a Dunkin’ Donuts shop without so much as a sideways glance — but find yourself in the Monday morning meeting intensely reaching for a sugar-glazed cruller (pastry)? Most Read more

Use SlideShare To Tell Your Small Business Story

Use SlideShare To Tell Your Small Business Story
June 12th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 8 Comments
I recently gave a talk to a group of new authors on how to promote and market their books. Instead of taking the time and expense of providing handouts (not to mention all the trees Read more

How To Work With A Website Designer

How To Work With A Website Designer
May 29th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 12 Comments
If I were the type of person who named my weeks, this past one would have been declared “Web Designer Week.” I’ve been juggling the redesign of my own website, working with a web designer Read more

When ‘Decision Fatigue’ Frazzles Your Small Business Brain

When ‘Decision Fatigue’ Frazzles Your Small Business Brain
May 22nd, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
Last week I read an article in The New York Times Magazine titled: “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?” My immediate reaction was, “Doesn’t everyone?” In my world, the line forms to the left on Read more

3 Bad Small Business Clients And When To Fire Them

3 Bad Small Business Clients And When To Fire Them
May 15th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
“What are you, stupid? I just explained that to you.” No, not a line from a novel about a bad boyfriend, but a real live comment a client (or former client, I should tell you Read more

5 Ways To Really, Truly Go On Vacation

5 Ways To Really, Truly Go On Vacation
May 15th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 9 Comments
Hopefully after reading last week’s post on why taking a vacation is good for both your soul and brain synapses, you will have gathered your family together, picked a date, agreed on a location and Read more

Interviewed on the Street.com

Interviewed on the Street.com
May 11th, 2012 | Karen Leland
I was just recently interviewed on the Street.com on how to keep your sales staff motivated.  It’s not all about the money, there are many other ways to keep your team going.  Take a look Read more

Take Note Of The New Note Taking Technology

Take Note Of The New Note Taking Technology
May 8th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 10 Comments
I am, by all accounts, a rabid note taker. I scribble barely legible scrawls on scraps of paper at Starbucks while meeting with potential clients over a decaf latte. I pound away on my iPad Read more

Bring Social Media Sanity To Your Small Business

Bring Social Media Sanity To Your Small Business
May 1st, 2012 | Karen Leland | 11 Comments
Every morning, I walk across the street from my townhouse and take a stroll by the San Francisco Bay. The paved pathway I amble down is a flurry of bike riders, power walkers, and locals Read more

Three Steps To Declutter Your Computer

Three Steps To Declutter Your Computer
April 11th, 2012 | Karen Leland | 10 Comments
This past Sunday was both Easter and the Masters golf tournament. We had no Easter plans, and I’m not a golfer, so while my husband whooped and hollered at Bubba Watson’s superstar shot, I spent Read more

How Time Literate Are You? Take This Quick Quiz

How Time Literate Are You? Take This Quick Quiz
January 24th, 2012 | Karen Leland
In 1956, George Miller wrote a paper entitled, “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.” He had discovered that people can only focus on five to nine things at a time – anything beyond Read more