True Story: A Fast Growing Company Gets Organized

by Tim Berry

This is a true story. Once upon a time, I had an interesting problem, the kind most small business owners want to have, but nonetheless, still a problem. We were growing too fast. Our sales tripled one year, and doubled the next. We didn’t want to stunt our growth. But we were having trouble getting... Read More »

True Story of a Natural Networker

by Tim Berry

Coincidence or synchronicity: two days ago I had a heart-to-heart talk with somebody about partners in business, and the natural networker concept came up in reference to a specific person I know. We were talking about partners and complimentary skill sets. He does what I never could. I’m not going to give you his name,... Read More »

Do You Know The Luxury of Not Having to Know Everything?

by Tim Berry

Never underestimate the luxury of being able to not know something. For example, you’re in a business meeting and somebody asks about some acronym you’ve never heard of. The right answer is: I don’t know what that acronym means. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it before. Maybe you can tell me, or give me... Read More »

Do You Underestimate The Tasks You Like?

by Tim Berry

I’m sure I do this and I’m wondering whether you think everybody does. When I’m asked to estimate how much time some task is going to take: If it’s something I enjoy doing, like writing, or programming, or driving  on an open road, my estimate is always too low. If it’s something I don’t enjoy,... Read More »

An Old Man to Admire

by Tim Berry

He might be the man I most admire. He is certainly that among the men I’ve actually known. And he’s a model for us all. My dad, Frank D. Berry, MD, turned 91 last Fall. His four children are in their 60s and 50s. He still plays tennis twice a week, and golf on occasion,... Read More »

True Story: Twitter, Business, An Introvert Looking Out

by Tim Berry

The other day I read Can Twitter Rescue Introverted Students? in the Education section of www.good.is. It reminded me of what Twitter has done for me in business. This is a true story. I believe in the essential truth the Jungian personality types and I’ve tested myself several times. I always test close to the... Read More »

Stage Fright Can Be Good For Your Career

by Tim Berry

I’ve noticed a pattern with myself, public speaking, and fear of speaking. I wonder if this holds true with others. I think it was good for me that my job required a lot of speaking even when I was still pretty young. Before I was 25 I’d done radio and standup television for UPI out... Read More »

Why Did I Start A Business? Not Why You Think

by Tim Berry

I was talking to a group of students recently and I was asked to comment on what makes an entrepreneur. The student who asked the question wrapped it in the mythology of the entrepreneur driven by the idea, stubbornly, tirelessly proving its value to the world. She wanted me to tell about me wanting to... Read More »

Memorial Day, Draft Lottery, Reality TV, Flags

by Tim Berry

(This was first posted here three years ago.) I woke up yesterday in Portland (OR), in a condo near the top of W. Burnside. The area has a series of cemeteries, dark green rolling hills, breaking up the otherwise thickly forested landscape. It had rained all night, so there was a thick mist cushioning the... Read More »

True Story: Not My Problem

by Tim Berry

This is a true story that might apply to your business. You decide. We landed in a hot and smoggy Rome airport after three flights that took all night. We were packed to the gills for a three-week trip including sightseeing, cruise, beach, and a family wedding, for not just us but our daughter and... Read More »