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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118156315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118156315
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For customers who want an innovative and fun book on how to create a business model for their life and career'. The Bookseller, 16th December 2012 It s not often that you come across a truly innovative, well-designed book. This is one If you re in a career quandary, pick up a copy this is guaranteed to kick start you into action. (Management Today, June 2012) entertaining, thought provoking and, I suspect, effective There are numerous helpful, insightful and very interesting exercises to help with the development process (Financial Adviser, 30th August 2012)

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Dreaming of a new career or life path?

We all do. But most of us lack a structured way to reinvent ourselves, even as changing workplace business models make professional and personal life more challenging than ever.

Replace career uncertainty with career confidence by using the single-page blueprint that's helped reinvent thousands of organizations worldwide. It's the systematic way to optimize the most important business model of all: business model you.

"Business Model You is a flight path to structure, meaning, and purpose."
Philip Galligan, Business Advisor, Ireland

"The personal business model is an innovative, visually powerful tool for assessing who you are and what you can do."
James C. Wylie, Business Life Coach, United States

"Successful companies do it again and again. Why not you?"
Ralf Meyer, Angel Investor & Consultant, Germany

"A practical, inspiring playbook for designing a fulfilling life by shifting focus from skills to Value Provided"
Gary Percy, Marketing Director, Australia

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This is one of those DEAR G*D, WHY DON'T THEY GIVE THIS TO ALL KIDS IN SCHOOL??? books,
that would reduce the suffering of lost-direction lives SO much...

Solve YOU, using methods business developed for solving business
( business is nothing if not determined/effective, eh? )

1 of the techniques is making one's own Life Line
( GRAPH one's high-points & low-points, so one can SEE one's life's path! )

That technique, alone, made the price of the book, for me:
it SHOWED me that uncontrolled/unmanaged living made my life less enjoyable than it could have been...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sovok on Dec 16 2014
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If you are stuck in your job and think this will give you an answer - keep looking. Seemingly simple questions that most readers (of these books) are trying to answer are "what should I do for a living? What am I good at? What do I enjoy?", not even so much "how do I get there?" and I am yet to come across a book or an author that gives practical ADVICE in answering at least one of those. Readers are not looking for an answer, they simply want guidance, help and this book does not offer it. Simply a collection of same, old ideas, cliches. Can't recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sanaz on Jan. 3 2013
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It is a super useful book if you have the patience going through all the steps which I recommend to do so , it is one of the best books for knowing you and planning a better , happier , more successful YOU !
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whitelites on Aug. 18 2014
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful
You Inc. March 5 2012
By ijnorway - Published on
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I just gave a presentation of this book to Master's students at a business school and they found the framework most interesting. In particular, seeing yourself as your own company gives you a holistic picture of what's important in any career move. The canvas identifies your strengths and weaknesses to your approach in reaching your career goals. It also provides an interesting handout to use in informational interviewing.

If I had only one book to pick for career hunting I would use "What Color is your Parachute". There is a reason it has sold 10 million copies. I've used it in three major career moves and the results I've achieved make it one of the most influential books I've ever read.

BMY is more useful for you the more work experience you have. It has good use cases based on individuals who have applied it in their own life. Do to its high-level approach I consider it a good addition to the "Parachute book", but not a substitute.
60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Changed my Perspective - Changed my World March 1 2012
By Bob Fariss - Published on
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Business Model Generation has been useful for me as a business consultant because I could easily communicate the "story" of any business a client who might be considering changing or buying it. When the community was asked if we wanted to participate in a project to apply this tool to individuals, I readily agreed.

I was expecting to be discussing the mechanics of things like defining Customer Segments for an individual as opposed to an organization. Yes we did that. Every organization has customers or they wouldn't exist. It's typical to start an organizational business model here. But people exist without customers, so where would we base an individual's model? Really interesting stuff; but not yet life changing.

Then the development of Business Model YOU totally surprised me when it began to take a Spiritual (not Religious) turn. Something is Spiritual in my life if it has personal meaning to me. That meaning started to surface when we considered every Business Model to be a kind of blueprint; and agreed that every blueprint is created by an architect to achieve some purpose. To really architect a Business Model for your career, there needs to be some understanding to of your life's purpose.

Suddenly finding, communicating, and creating attractive values for customers became simple compared to finding values that relate my career to my personal purpose. This is really hard work and Tim Clark, the book's author, never tried to dance around it. With surprising simplicity, he took us beyond the modeling world and into ways of looking at our careers as a fulfillment of our personal purposes.

I then realized this is what my clients really wanted when looking at a business. The answer to their concerns was more in their Personal Business Model than in the organization's under consideration. My perception of who I am and why I do things has changed. I am no longer the same person.

Funny, the Business Model YOU experience has changed my perspective on every organizational model as well. Having been through this work, you have an expanded intuition about changing the perspectives on all of the Business Model segments. You will never see personal careers or organizations the same way again. You will never be the same person either.

Bob Fariss - co-creator Business Model YOU, Fort Worth Texas
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
An architect's workbook! May 19 2012
By D'Alexandros - Published on
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People drifting from job to job may soon realize that they've visited the same crossroads too many times. Changing careers is tough, but some job seekers may be tired of compromises which would only lead to the same suboptimal choices they've experienced in the past. While others may seek to become just employable, these rare and brave souls seek to be remarkable and relevant.

The truth is that they already are. We all are, in fact. And now, there's a way to tap into that greatness and bring it into the present.

In the spirit of Alexander Osterwalder's successful book Business Model Generation (BMG), Tim Clark (who was also BMG's editor) has written Business Model You: A One Page Method for Reinventing Your Career. Clark shows that you can use the same business model thinking from BMG to unearth your greatest strengths, talents, and interests, and then paint them onto a powerful blueprint.

Business Model You was co-created between 328 entrepreneurial minds spread out over 43 countries. The book is a beautifully designed and succinctly written journey replete with each contributor's diverse experiences and insight. The common theme is that everyone involved in producing the book struggled, but ultimately succeeded, in reinventing themselves. Their stories will help you create your personal business model.

What's a business model? In short, it's "the logic by which any organization sustains itself financially." Likewise, the Business Model "canvas" is a structured but simple visual technique which shows how the nine most important components of any business model fit and flow together. First, the original canvas is introduced for enterprises before being translated to the world of the individual.

Business Model You is also an itinerary of thought experiments, anecdotes, and exercises to help align work with purpose. Some of the many experiments include the Lifeline Discovery and Holland's Six Tendencies. This journey of self-knowledge really counts, because aside from financial sustainability and survival, this is a book about thriving and doing the kind of work that resonates at your core.

It certainly takes a culture of change and innovation, but the first spark always begins with one person: You.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Business Model You May 20 2012
By Peter - Published on
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This book hands you a good method to assess and redesign your career. For this, it uses the business model canvas which is a powerful toll to asses and design a business model. It is a real do-book. It has a number of assignments in it bringing you closer to your goal every time you have fulfilled one. The book uses a similar approach as Business Model Canvas, assuming oneâ(tm)s career can be modelled like a business. Up to a certain point this is very true. The book provides you with a new perspective on your career and makes you think about your skills and value proposition to your customer, e.g. employers. However, the focus is sometimes too much on making money. Although this is certainly one of the goals of a job, it is more important to be satisfied with your life, regardless the amount of money you make. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to reconsider his or her career.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great for people trying to come up with a business idea Jan. 24 2013
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I have already started my business and I thought this book would help me with furthering my business. It has great tips and tools but is better for people trying to decide what their life passion is so they can create their own business. If you already have your business running there is little advice that will help. But it is great for those trying to feel out what business they want to be in.