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Productivity Tip: Walking Meetings. In the Park.

by Tim Berry

File this one under the general category of things business owners can do to preserve physical and mental health, despite the rigors of running a business. It goes along with getting regular exercise, and shutting down every so often out of range of devices. Do as many meetings as you can walking, instead of sitting.... Read More »

Bob Sutton on Creativity

Creativity is Doing New Things with Old Things

by Tim Berry

Stanford business school prof Bob Sutton (I”m linking to his Amazon author page, because you’ll recognize several books he’s written) talks about how creativity really works in business. It’s making new things out of old things. The iPod for example, and the whole phenomenon of Silicon Valley. If you don’t see this here, it’s also... Read More »

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Startups: The High of Creation, the Wizard of Oz

by Tim Berry

(Note: this is a rare guest post, the third in the right-year history of this blog. It was originally published in Medium as Why We Startup: the High of Creation and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by Megan Berry, head of product @RebelMouse, my daughter. I’m reposting because it captures the thrill, and the... Read More »

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Laughter, Creativity, and Data to Prove What You Guessed

by Tim Berry

Here’s another Friday video offering. I admit that when I saw the title Boost Creativity with Humor, featuring this video by Stanford business school prof Jennifer Aaker, I was expecting funny. The Disney World story it opens with made me chuckle, but the video itself isn’t. But if you want studies to show that funny... Read More »

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Screen time helps build next generation of techies

by Tim Berry

Some “screen time” is good for these kids in my opinion. And whether or not it encourages them to be future entrepreneurs, if it helps them develop the right kind of familiarity with technology, it can’t be that bad. Read More »

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Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

by Tim Berry

Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window is in the forefront, and what just happened. It’s like urgent vs. important vs. recent. With a distortion filter for fun, or interesting. The title... Read More »

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50 Great Productivity Tips from Famous People

by Tim Berry

The blog at onlineMBA has an interesting post called 50 terrific productivity secrets of the rich and famous. It’s a lot of fun, and some good tips too. You can see the highlights here in the graphic. But click the post … it’s hard to stop reading. They aren’t all straight lines to productivity, like... Read More »

TED Top 20

20 Excellent Online TED Talks

by Tim Berry

TED — stands for Technology, Education, and Design — is a great resource. They recently posted their top 20 most watched talks. This is a great resource. I’m happy to see that I’ve already posted, previously, several of these on this blog. And this is a great list. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity... Read More »

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Really Great Ideas Seem Obvious

by Tim Berry

Amazing fact (to me at least): the first wheels on suitcases appeared in the 1970s. My wife and I, both baby boomers, have asked ourselves: how is it possible that we all dealt with suitcases without wheels all the way through the 50s and 60s? What was wrong with all of us? And sliced bread first appeared... Read More »

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Whoops! New PR, New World

by Tim Berry

Oh dear. Those nasty activists. It looked at first like PR gone bad. me thinking it was dumb of Shell Oil to send a press release huffing and puffing about “activists” making fun of it. It looked like a press release. Curse you, activists! And like that. Shell is supposedly considering suing. The press release says:... Read More »