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 »

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Headlines: Naked, Vicious, Brutal, and So Forth

by Tim Berry

I was 26 years old. Married, already a father, but still, so young, and so full of illusions. I still thought – although I was starting to wonder – journalism could be about changing the world for the better. And not at all ready to accept the truth as Matt Kenny presented it to me... Read More »

The Reality of the ‘Be Your Own Boss’ Cliché

by Tim Berry

My Friday video this week is one of my own: Reality vs. Be Your Own Boss. Reality vs 'Be Your Own Boss' from Tim Berry on Vimeo. It’s a short one, barely 45 seconds. But it attacks a very common misconception. Read More »

Truth and Lies

50 Years of Truth vs. Opinion, Facts, Truthiness

by Tim Berry

Something happened to truth in the last 50 years or so. Where once we had the ideal of objective truth based on evidence, we now have contentious argumentative truth, based on opinion and belief. And I miss the old kind. Let’s look at two divided nations, ours in 1968, and ours in 2016, and how they... Read More »

Small Business Failure Statistics

Demystify Business Failure Statistics

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for this week is one I did a while back, the truth about all those well-publicized business failure statistics. Most of the clichés we read everywhere are just often-repeated guesses. Nobody really knows. 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 »

Startup Magic

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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Viral Video Protests Objectification of Women

by Tim Berry

Another Friday video. I found this last week in my Twitter feed, embedded in an Ad Age article about the advertising conversation around this viral video. You probably already saw it. I could say that the objectification of women is important to me because I have four daughters, but no, it’s not just that. It’s because... Read More »

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Bogus Experts Give Bad Startup Advice

by Tim Berry

How many self-styled startup experts have actually started a company? How many have gotten a startup to critical actually know what they are talking about? The online world of startup experts is infested with people who don’t know what they don’t know. I guess these people read the same tired clichés that sit in rich... 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 »