Career

Social media, smartphones, e-mail: they can all help take your career to the next level, or they can ensure you get utterly consumed by your work. Here are my best strategies, tools and stories to help you harness your online time to creating the work of your dreams — even if your dreams include sometimes leaving the office.

How kids create security risks — and business opportunities

How kids create security risks — and business opportunities

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I outline the security risks posed by the hacker in your house: the child or teen who may be “borrowing” your credit card to make online purchases, downloading viruses or inadvertently open vulnerabilities in your network. That story...
11 best practices for working with an editor

11 best practices for working with an editor

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review makes the case for adding an editor to your content marketing team. As I note in that post, Content marketing will only deliver on its promise if it’s good enough to deliver customers–that’s why improving the quality...
20 requirements for a great coffee shop for home office workers

20 requirements for a great coffee shop for home office workers

What are the ingredients for the perfect working café? I’ve been thinking about this question because I’m heading into a period when I expect to spend a lot of time working in coffee shops.  I’ve spent a lot of my career, including my most productive...
How to use your Facebook restricted list

How to use your Facebook restricted list

Organizing your Facebook friends into lists is a great way to share different kinds of content with different kinds of people: for example, you might want to share certain updates with your colleagues, and other kinds of updates (like those adorable kid photos) with a...
Work Smarter with LinkedIn, published today

Work Smarter with LinkedIn, published today

A LinkedIn profile is more important than résumé, more useful than a business card and more permanent than an email address. As essential as LinkedIn is to today’s professionals, many people still struggle with the question of how to use it or what makes it...
The 23 stages of the task management software lifecycle

The 23 stages of the task management software lifecycle

Totally on top of all pending tasks Moderate slippage of select tasks leads to mild anxiety Catastrophic failure to complete one or more mission-critical tasks leads to wholesale re-evaluation of career choice, self-worth and why are we even on this earth anyhow?...
3 tricks for monitoring Twitter mentions and trackbacks

3 tricks for monitoring Twitter mentions and trackbacks

The brilliant Lauren Bacon made a big splash yesterday with her thought-provoking post on the emotional work that often gets assigned to women working in the tech world. The response to that post has been so massive that it’s left her with a challenge: how do...
Saying goodbye to pen and paper

Saying goodbye to pen and paper

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review has provoked a strong reaction to the idea of saying goodbye to the paper notebook. Here’s my own take on the experience of giving up on paper and pen. 4.00 22.95 Alexandra Samuel Those 25 characters, comprising a...
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