Body of Work is the Best Career Book Ever

by Tim Berry

Pam Slim’s new book Body of Work is out. You may already know of Pam as the author of the bestseller Escape From Cubicle Nation. This one takes a brilliant new tack on the whole idea of careers, refocusing your work life as a reflection of who you are, who you are becoming. I’ve already... Read More »

Nice People Can be Bad Bosses. Way Too Often.

by Tim Berry

I’m troubled. The problem, in a nutshell, is that saying jerks and idiots are bad bosses is a bit too easy. It implies that not being a jerk or worse makes you a good boss. And that’s not always true. Nice people can be bad bosses. I like Bob Sutton’s work a lot. He blogs... Read More »

Your Business is No Excuse for Being an A**hole

by Tim Berry

To be honest, I thought it was a joke; irony, perhaps, or sarcasm. But no, to my surprise, I clicked on Love Your Business More Than Your Family, a column on entrepreneur.com, and he’s serious. Author George Cloutier says: Your cell phone is for keeping in touch with clients and sales managers in the field,... Read More »

The Best of the Best Lists

by Tim Berry

Of all the “best of” blog posts I’ve seen this month, Bob Sutton’s Work Matters: The Best of 2009 posts is the best. No coincidence, I suppose, that he writes very well and has a great blog, teaches at Stanford, and is author of several important books. But there are other great blogs around. What... Read More »

It Was Easier to Lay Off 5 People than Fire One

by Tim Berry

During in the recession of 2001, I let 5 people go in a single day. Our sales were down, but we held on, for too long, hoping things would turn up in time to save the jobs. They didn’t. Letting people go is the hardest thing a small business owner does. But from that hard time... Read More »