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Planning Is Telling Stories and Making Them Come True

by Tim Berry

You could call this synchronicity. A few years ago I was reading Seth Godin’s All Marketers Are Liars at about the same time that I caught Harvey Cox talking about the power of stories as truth telling in all major religions. I paused to think about the importance of stories in so many different modes... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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You Need to Understand the Business Principle of Displacement

by Tim Berry

Imagine a bucket of water full to the brim, on a table, right next to a phone and a computer. Now take a brick and drop it into that bucket. Imagine what happens. Water splashes out, right? And that’s probably bad for that phone and computer next to it. Business Principle of Displacement That simple... Read More »

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Stories as Business Strategy

by Tim Berry

Stories are the oldest and probably the best way to communicate ideas, truth, and beliefs. Stories as business strategy can be extremely powerful. Think of the key stories that are foundational in the great religions. Or think about the stories behind the phrases “sour grapes,” “the fox in the henhouse,” and “the emperor’s new clothes.” They... Read More »

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Experts, Experts Everywhere, and Not a Pause to Think

by Tim Berry

My title for this post is taken (slightly modified, but better known as shown here than in the original) from Coleridge’s The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” I’m worried that one downside of our amazingly connected world, in relation to small business and entrepreneurship, is that business experts are everywhere,... Read More »

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Displacement Principle in Startups and Small Business

by Tim Berry

It’s really pretty simple. Intuitive. I didn’t learn about it in business school; I learned about it while building and running a real business. I decided to call it the displacement principle. Displacement Principle: In the real world of small business, everything you do rules out something else you can’t do. My favorite metaphor is... Read More »

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Do Big Tech Companies Become Too Big Not to Fail?

by Tim Berry

I caught this one yesterday on Medium: Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast. It’s by Dare Obasanjo on Hacker Daily (great title, by the way). It’s a well-thought-out discussion of how Google and Facebook culture achieved a substantial shift of strategy in a way that others (Blockbuster facing Netflix, and Blackberry facing iPhone) couldn’t. Here’s the summary. “when... Read More »

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Business Strategy Is Useless Without Execution

by Tim Berry

In the last two weeks I’ve posted a three-part series on I’ve posted a series on setting and executing business strategy on the Amex OPEN forum in the last two weeks. I’m happy to see the first of these showing up on top of the trending list there. Here’s a summary: Start with Strategy The... Read More »

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Acronyms: Does BS Stand for Business Strategy?

by Tim Berry

What do you think of when you see the acronym “BS?” Do you think of business strategy? Maybe you should. I have nothing against real business strategy. I’ve posted on strategy often here. My favorites include 3 stories your business strategy depends on and defining small business strategy. My sense of it, boiling down three... Read More »