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 »

NYTimes Offers a Welcome Note of Small Business Reality

by Tim Berry

I was happy to discover major media dose of reality in Maybe It’s Time For Plan C in yesterday’s NYTimes.com. While it’s so much more popular to talk about entrepreneurship as a matter of passion and persistence and living the dream, I think it’s also important to recognize that failure is common, and failure can... Read More »

Brace Yourself. Success Brings Detractors.

by Tim Berry

It’s funny — well, maybe annoying is a better word — how one of the so-called trappings of success is criticism. Get up in front of a crowd to speak, launch a website, develop and launch a product, start a business, and you’re in front of people. And that means you open yourself up to... Read More »

Pam Slim’s 10 Keys to Startup Sanity

by Tim Berry

I was sorely disappointed to miss Pamela Slim’s keynote speech for the Willamette Angel Conference 10 days ago. I’m a member, but I had to be away, and had to miss it. I hear she was great. Eugene and Corvallis startups are still talking about it. She called her talk 10 Keys to Maintain Your... Read More »

5 Good Quick Reads for Small Business Owners

by Tim Berry

These are some posts I noticed during the week. I keep track of them because I intend to do a post of my own on the same thing, but sometimes it’s better to just highlight them and share. These all seem useful to the small business owner and entrepreneur. Six Companies That Did Not Survive... Read More »

10 Blogging Tips. My 1,000th Post on This Blog

by Tim Berry

Last night I was halfway through a draft post patting myself on the back, illustrated with champagne glasses, when my youngest daughter, Megan, called from San Francisco, where she lives now. That’s @MeganBerry to you, blogger and social media expert,  marketing manager of Klout.com. So I asked her this: “What do I do with my... Read More »

Humility, Leadership, and Self Promotion, Oh My

by Tim Berry

What happens if you make light of your achievements, shun the spotlight, and pass the microphone on to the next person in line? Will this stunt your career growth? I’ve worried about this for years. I used to deal with a guy who did very well as a professional expert, while knowing not much more... Read More »

Why Men With Pens is Written by a Woman. And Why That Matters.

by Tim Berry

Honestly, except for the name itself, I’ve never cared or wondered whether the author of Men With Pens was man or woman. It’s a good blog for writers. I did assume man, of course, because of the name of the blog, and the byline. This isn’t something I think about. But I was shocked to... Read More »

Social Media Serendipity; or, the Social in Social Media

by Tim Berry

I like serendipity. Not just because the word sounds like a refreshing drink in the shade on a hot day, but because when serendipity happens, it’s always good. Here’s the Wikipedia definition: Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely. … So I had a... Read More »

My New Favorite Book: Escape From Cubicle Nation

by Tim Berry

You want this book: Escape from Cubicle Nation, by Pamela Slim. She’s been writing a great blog for several years, and now she’s put much of the soul of that blog into her new book, with the same name. You want it if you’re working for a company and thinking about going on your own.... Read More »