The Crystal Ball and Chain

by Tim Berry

This is an answer to a question I get way too often. I call it the "Crystal Ball and Chain" problem. I've run into it several times as I've introduced the planning process into a new company or organization. People... Read More »

What About Business Schools and Creativity?

by Tim Berry

The best class I took at the Stanford Business School during my MBA years (1979-81) was taught by Professor James March, co-author of the book An Introduction to Models in the Social Science. It was about the same subject. He... Read More »

Do We All Undervalue Bootstrapping?

by Tim Berry

In business schools, in popular blogs, in business publications, and in general discussion of starting a business, we undervalue bootstrapping. We teach starting a business as if every new business requires sophisticated venture capital. I understand how this can be... Read More »

Top 10 Tips for Business Planning

by Tim Berry

I was asked once again for my 10 top tips on business planning. I can’t do that without noting the different uses of business plans in different situations. I ended up with more than 10 tips, but they are more specific to context. 5 Major tips for all business planning Form follows function. Like anything... Read More »

A Good Resolution: Schedule Regular Management Meetings

by Tim Berry

Each year, as you get ready to publish the next year's plan, schedule the plan review meetings. Use some regular meeting schedule such as the third or fourth Thursday of every month. All the managers committed to the plan will... Read More »

Stanford Teaches Girls to Code

Stanford Women Teach High School Girls to Code

by Tim Berry

I was glad to see this one on Stanford women teaching high school girls to code. Everybody wins with efforts like these to balance the tech world and fight the long-term skew of tech and programming that has traditionally had more men than women. The source for this video, on YouTube, is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psxl7ytYGio Read More »

More than 100 Social Media Facts in 1 Infographic

by Tim Berry

My thanks to skilled.co for this huge (it scrolls forever) infographic with 115 must-know facts about social media. Read More »

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Put Your MBA into Your Work, Not Your Title

by Tim Berry

I’m shocked to note that it’s been seven years since I posted Note to MBAs: Drop the Comma MBA, please! The point was exactly what the title implies, that people with MBA degrees ought not to use that degree as a title like CPAs and MDs do.  That one sparked some surprisingly (to me) animated comments.... Read More »

Pot of Gold

Startup Stock Options as Fool’s Gold

by Tim Berry

Terry had a good job with an established software company but left to join a startup. Why? “Because they’re giving me startup stock options.” Too bad. Two years later that job ended. That startup was going nowhere, cutting costs, and fighting extinction. Terry needed a new job. Again. What about those options? They had no value whatsoever. They... Read More »

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Video: 3 Reasons Every Business Owner Should Plan

by Tim Berry

Another Friday video today, this time with thanks to the bplans editing team, me in 88 seconds on why you need a business plan. Read More »