11 Key Elements of a Good Business Plan

by Tim Berry

Somebody asked me what the key elements of a good business plan were, and I’m glad they did—it’s one of my favorite topics. It gives me a chance to review and revise another of the lists that I’ve done off and on for years (such as the one from yesterday, on common business plan mistakes). 1.... Read More »


10 Most Common Business Plan Mistakes, Updated for 2016

by Tim Berry

Over the weekend, a Quora user asked me to list common mistakes that people make when developing a business plan. I’ve done that post from time to time, and it seemed like a good time to do it again. Here’s my list of most common business plan mistakes for 2016: 1. Misunderstanding the business objective.... Read More »


What Is so Great about Developing a Business Plan for a Business?

by Tim Berry

I couldn’t resist. The question was, “What’s so great about developing a business plan for a business?” Here’s my answer: What’s great about a business plan starts with something similar to how we feel about having a collection of flight, hotel, and rental car reservations before we take a trip. The business plan, done right,... Read More »


New Dictionary: F*cking Means Really. Seriously. Dammit.

by Tim Berry

Hey, younger people, are you really all okay with f*cking as a synonym for really? Seriously. Do we need a new dictionary? I caught a great post on Medium the other day: Jon Westenberg’s Why Copying the Habits of Successful People Won’t Make You Successful. Toward the end, he comes up with a brilliant highlight... Read More »


Young Entrepreneurs: They Are Lying to You

by Tim Berry

All over the web, on Q&A sites, blog posts, and so on, in panels and conferences, and in the occasional book, know-it-all alleged experts are lying to young entrepreneurs about the value of education. They sprout clichés that are unrealistic, impractical, and that when taken to an extreme, are even tragic. Lie: A startup is better... Read More »


Best Startup Business Ideas for 2016

by Tim Berry

The best startup business idea for 2016 is one that matches your unique background, experience, and preferences with something that people need, want, and will pay for. It’s about you and your customers, not the idea.  Stare at a mirror and think about who you are, your resources, what you like to do, what you know... Read More »

Lightning storm

Short Story on The Importance of Defining Blame

by Tim Berry

(Note: I happened on this story here on Quora, as an answer by Prashant Sharma. I decided to share it here because I like it. ) A bus full of passengers was on its journey. Suddenly the weather changed and there was a huge downpour and lightning all around.  The passengers saw that lightning appeared to strike their... Read More »


What’s Wrong with Business Networking?

by Tim Berry

I’m starting to realize I hate the word “networking” used as a verb, meaning – apparently – some variation on connections with people for self-serving business use. Business networking my [whatever].  I’m pretty sure people are actual living breathing human beings, for the most part. Not nodes. Not assets. Not resources to be tapped later for... Read More »

Social Technology is Changing the Species

by Tim Berry

Living the Global Village Changes Us It’s 10 years now since Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near was published. The idea is that by 2040 we’ve integrated technology into our biology so much that we are a different species. I thought that was far fetched when I first heard it, but, on further consideration, we’re already there. Social... Read More »

Infographic on EQ and Leadership

Infographic: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

by Tim Berry

I confess I know nothing about the Norwich University online leadership program, but I like the infographic here. It’s got good information, worth sharing. I’m convinced that real leadership is a matter of context, and case-by-case situations; but listening, empathy, and vision are always important. Norwich University’s Online Master of Science in Leadership Program Read More »