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Emira Mears

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 2, 2012
Resources for B.C. Women Entrepreneurs

It's a good time to be an entrepreneurial woman in B.C. I had the great pleasure of attending the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs 10th Anniversary gala on February 20, 2012. The event celebrated women in business and acknowledged FWE founder Christina Anthony and CEO Jill Earthy for all of the hard work they’ve put in over the past decade.

Jan 3, 2012
Finding More Hours in a Workday

Timesheets – tracking your time every day to see where it goes. It’s a simple concept, really. But lately I find myself frequently recommending them as a tool to many overworked business people. Why? Will timesheets magically find those hours...

Dec 2, 2011
The Power of Persuasion in Small Business

Boss Lady Emira Mears plays up the power of persuasion when applied to small business success. Arlene Dickinson, lone female on Dragons' Den, has a new book titled Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds, which focuses on how persuasion can create a thriving business.

Nov 8, 2011
Why Women Need to Celebrate Success

As an entrepreneur and author, I continually struggle with celebrating success. My business partner and I addressed this challenge in our book, The Boss of You, and it’s an issue that plagues many of our female business colleagues. Celebrating success...

Oct 21, 2011
Working from Home with Kids

Since becoming a mom, I’ve been hyper-aware of anyone who lauds the virtues of working from home with children in tow. Many parents consider taking on work in addition to childcare, which usually sounds something like, “I’m getting back into...

Jul 29, 2011
Online Tools for the Hiring Process

With a staff member leaving and another on mat leave, my firm is in the midst of what feels like a hiring blitz. But from this chaos sprang clarity: the quality of applications received suggests we’re doing something right. One marked difference in this round of hiring is our employ of...

Jul 7, 2011
The Value of a New Business Acceptance Framework

Creating a framework for new business prospects streamlines the process and helps you discern between good business and good enough business. Over a decade of business experience has taught me a simple rule: not all business is good business. Sometimes when a prospect crosses your desk, the best thing to do is say no.

Jul 4, 2011
Lessons in Customer Engagement

Last week I discovered a charming tale about a loaf of bread, a three-and-a-half-year-old, and a giant U.K. supermarket chain. The story, for those who missed it, was about a Sainsbury’s product named Tiger Bread (pictured on the left). A...

May 6, 2011
Creating a Workplace Play Policy

Our firm is setting aside 10 per cent of each staff member’s workweek as creative or exploratory time. The concept is modelled after Google’s famous 20 per cent time where employees are given one day a week to work on...

Apr 18, 2011
Drawing Boundaries Between Work Life and Home Life

Since starting my company over 11 years ago, I’ve been perpetually chasing the fabled work life balance. According to Barbara Moses in a recent Globe and Mail article, that balance is within grasp for anyone who wants it. Surprisingly, after...

Apr 4, 2011
Creating a Working From Home Policy

Working from home is nothing new, but it’s become a popular topic in our office. I'll admit to having a bias against employees working off-site, and we've been reluctant to formally incorporate it into our work culture. My inclination toward...

Mar 14, 2011
A Business Book Daily Digest

Save yourself a romp through Chapters and get business books delivered to your inbox daily. The world has no shortage of business books, and I should know, I wrote one. As an already overstretched entrepreneur, I often regret not having enough time to comb through many of the promising business related titles.

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