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Memorial Day, Draft Lottery, Reality TV, Flags

by Tim Berry

It seems like it often rains on Memorial Day where I live, in Western Oregon. not today though; it’s bright and beautiful. From my house, across a small valley, through the tall trees, I can see the flags on a cemetery on the other hill. A lot of the graves have flags today. I’m thinking about the flags.... Read More »

Debits and Credits Video

Startups and Business Owners Will Thank Me for Posting This Debits and Credits Video

by Tim Berry

Business owners, startup founders: Do you know debits and credits? If so, cool, you know why I’ve posting this here as my Friday video. And if not, do yourself a favor and stick with this post and this video for a few minutes. You’ll be glad you did. It’s 13 minutes. If you go through... Read More »

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10 Ways to Tell You Are Not a Leader

by Tim Berry

Everybody always agrees with you. Because they don’t. They’re lying to you. And it’s your fault they are, because you make them. You talk more than you listen. Nobody who works for you owns anything by themselves. And I mean ownership as owning a task, having responsibility, being empowered to operate, make decisions, and –... Read More »

Angry Mob

Rant: The Insidious Power of Political Code Phrases

by Tim Berry

We all use language as weapons and we’re victims of political code phrases that manipulate and distort. One classic example is the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist. Or the battle of pro-life vs. pro-choice. What does “Wall Street” mean these days? We speak in codes and use words as weapons.  And I ask... Read More »

Puzzle Piece

Business Consulting Suggestion: Make The Small Modules Work First

by Tim Berry

I knew a man who made a living with complicated mathematical models that he would provide for large companies. He was a professor at the Stanford Business School, but kept his consulting business on the side. "One thing you want... Read More »

Balance

Startup Advice: Don’t Let Life Get Lost in the Shuffle

by Tim Berry

The guy seems callous, selfish, as he dismisses his wive, lover, or child, with frustration. “Don’t you get it?” he asks. “Don’t you know I’m trying to build a business here?” And sometimes there’s the variation, “I’m doing this for you.” And of course there are lots of other versions. Do you recognize that scene,... Read More »

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This is Your Brain on Stories

by Tim Berry

“The people we are coupled to [meaning talking to, sharing a story with] define who we are.  And our desire to be coupled to another brain is something very basic that starts at a very young age. “ Fascinating research here summarized by neuroscientist Uri Hasson, on how our brains become aligned when we hear the... Read More »

The Second Generation VW Beetle

If Your Idea is Any Good It Will Be Copied

by Tim Berry

Good ideas get copied. Yes, you can read all over the web how to protect your idea. And people are recommending patents, trademarks, copyright, all of which you should do whenever you can. People also recommend contract-like non-disclosure and non-compete agreements too, which is sometimes good advice, sometimes impractical. But eventually all good ideas get... Read More »

A Bad Idea

Business Plans are Always Wrong

by Tim Berry

Yes, I admit; I’ve used “business plans are always wrong” a few times in slides, blog posts, and even in both of my two latest books. It’s an important concept. Way too many people misunderstand the point of business planning and assume that because we can’t predict the future, we shouldn’t plan. Which prompts me... Read More »

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Lean Plan and the Business Model Canvas

by Tim Berry

Early this month I tweeted out my recent post on business planning as dashboard and GPS. #smallbiz Owners: planning, not #businessplan Lean Business Plan as Dashboard https://t.co/qECGn2CSTm pic.twitter.com/IGyowg9DnI — Tim Berry (@Timberry) May 3, 2016 Which prompted this response, from Antony Upward: @Timberry agree – any updates on how business modelling fits into this from... Read More »