Tim Berry Business Plan

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 »

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Video: Are We Living in a Postfactual Society?

by Tim Berry

I found this quote particularly telling. Notice the term “postfactual society.” I hadn’t heard it before, but it fits quite well: It’s been suggested that we’ve moved to a postfactual society, where evidence and truth no longer matter, and lies have equal status to the clarity of evidence. So how can we rebuild respect for... Read More »

OPEN forum on saying no

On Saying No, Lean Planning, Brands, and What Could Happen

by Tim Berry

I haven’t posted here yet this week in part because I’ve been distracted with posts elsewhere. One of them is about the value of saying no in sales, one is a refresher on fundamentals of lean planning, one is looking at the future of brand marketing and content, and the fourth is a pure fiction riff... Read More »

Yes No Maybe

5 Simple Rules for Better Business Decisions

by Tim Berry

They teach decision sciences in business schools. Those of us doing business, either as entrepreneurs, business owners, or careerists, talk a lot, and think a lot, about business decisions. We all want better business decisions. I’ve taken some of those courses and heard a lot of the talk, and I’ve survived running my own business... Read More »

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Adam Osborne on Product Release Brinkmanship

by Tim Berry

Adam Osborne, author, computer entrepreneur, personal computer pioneer, used to say "adequate is good enough." Interesting to what extent, if any, that still applies to software publishing Read More »

Startup Culture

Startup Culture is as Leaders Do

by Tim Berry

The question over on Quora was How should a new startup develop and sustain a strong company culture? I decided not to answer the essential how-to, but rather to share my experience in this area, which is more like a reality check on startup culture than anything else.  The following is straight from my Quora answer. Culture is not... Read More »

Venn Diagram Entrepreneurship and Meaning

The Natural Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Meaning

by Tim Berry

Thanks for Why should you build your business around happiness? over at typeform.com for the fascinating image featured here, about the intersection of entrepreneurship and meaning. It comes from an interview with Laurence McCahill of The Happy Startup School. Normal people care about meaning This matches my belief that making meaning or changing the world or having a... Read More »

Distraction Sickness

Do You Suffer from Distraction Sickness

by Tim Berry

Does this seem familiar to you:  I had sensed a personal crash coming. For a decade and a half, I’d been a web obsessive, publishing blog posts multiple times a day, seven days a week, and ultimately corralling a team that curated the web every 20 minutes during peak hours. Andrew Sullivan That’s from Andrew Sullivan:... Read More »

Business Management

What? Me do a Business Plan? But I’m Not a Start-up!

by Tim Berry

Ask the owner of a small-to-medium company about a business plan. Expect the answer: "Business plan? but I'm not a start-up. Why would I want a business plan?" They don't all answer that way, but too many do, and it's... Read More »

Planning as Management

Planning as Management

by Tim Berry

Planning, done right, is management. The best reason to adopt planning in your business – and I mean any business, from the one-person solopreneur on up – is because it will help you manage your business better. Planning as management This is from my post How to Actually Use Your Business Plan to Run Your... Read More »