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Franchise King Echoes Mark Twain on Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics - Planning, Startups, Stories

What I really like about Franchise King Joel Libava’s post Shocking Facts About Franchising Success Rates Revealed is how clearly he calls out the sleazy or sloppy (take your choice) use of very old statistics to mislead and entice people. He concludes: A simple scan of some of the cheaper-looking websites...

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10 Blogging Tips. My 1,000th Post on This Blog - Planning, Startups, Stories

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...

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Entrepreneurs: You do Know You’re Unemployable, Right? - Planning, Startups, Stories

Are you an entrepreneur, starting a business? Or a  single-shingle intellectual gunslinger-type expert working as business consultant, planner, coach, or something similar? Are you making it on your own? If so, you do know you’re unemployable now, right? I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I...

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When Is a Business Plan Not a Business Plan? - Planning, Startups, Stories

This has been bugging me for a long time now: It turns out that the phrase “business plan” is a homonym, exactly as in these examples from yourdictionary.com: Just like the different meanings for crane and date, there are at least two completely different meanings for the two-word phrase “business...

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The Business Lesson on the Stairway to Heaven - Planning, Startups, Stories

What’s “the stairway to heaven” to you? Is it about God and Heaven? A metaphor for business growth, maybe? I think of the Led Zeppelin song and a picture on the album cover something like the one here. It’s a long stairway heading up into the sky, with landings or...

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Infographic: Women in Business - Planning, Startups, Stories

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I’m Loving the New Version of Business Plan Pro - Planning, Startups, Stories

If you’re a regular reader you know I don’t normally do sales pitches here on this blog, but this is special. Last week Palo Alto Software introduced a brand new version of Business Plan Pro incorporating (finally) my Plan-as-You-Go Business Planning ideas into the mainstream of the software. With this...

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I Disagree: Irrational Optimism Is Not Entrepreneur’s Most Important Asset - Planning, Startups, Stories

I don’t know Jeff Haden but I like his work and respect him. Still, when he posts on BNET that The Entrepreneur’s Most Important Asset is “irrational optimism,” I say no. Absolutely not. Jeff wrote that “irrational optimism” is more important than “plenty of capital, a comprehensive business plan, a...

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10 Blogging Tips. My 1,000th Post on This Blog - Planning, Startups, Stories

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...

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When Is a Business Plan Not a Business Plan? - Planning, Startups, Stories

This has been bugging me for a long time now: It turns out that the phrase “business plan” is a homonym, exactly as in these examples from yourdictionary.com: Just like the different meanings for crane and date, there are at least two completely different meanings for the two-word phrase “business...

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I’m Loving the New Version of Business Plan Pro - Planning, Startups, Stories

If you’re a regular reader you know I don’t normally do sales pitches here on this blog, but this is special. Last week Palo Alto Software introduced a brand new version of Business Plan Pro incorporating (finally) my Plan-as-You-Go Business Planning ideas into the mainstream of the software. With this...

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The Business Lesson on the Stairway to Heaven - Planning, Startups, Stories

What’s “the stairway to heaven” to you? Is it about God and Heaven? A metaphor for business growth, maybe? I think of the Led Zeppelin song and a picture on the album cover something like the one here. It’s a long stairway heading up into the sky, with landings or...

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Entrepreneurs: You do Know You’re Unemployable, Right? - Planning, Startups, Stories

Are you an entrepreneur, starting a business? Or a  single-shingle intellectual gunslinger-type expert working as business consultant, planner, coach, or something similar? Are you making it on your own? If so, you do know you’re unemployable now, right? I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I...