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Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career [Paperback]

Timothy Clark , Alexander Osterwalder , Yves Pigneur
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23 Mar 2012
A one–page tool to reinvent yourself and your career The global bestseller Business Model Generation introduced a unique visual way to summarize and creatively brainstorm any business or product idea on a single sheet of paper. Business Model You uses the same powerful one–page tool to teach readers how to draw "personal business models," which reveal new ways their skills can be adapted to the changing needs of the marketplace to reveal new, more satisfying, career and life possibilities. Produced by the same team that created Business Model Generation , this book is based on the Business Model Canvas methodology, which has quickly emerged as the world′s leading business model description and innovation technique. This book shows readers how to: Understand business model thinking and diagram their current personal business model Understand the value of their skills in the marketplace and define their purpose Articulate a vision for change Create a new personal business model harmonized with that vision, and most important, test and implement the new model When you implement the one–page tool from Business Model You , you create a game–changing business model for your life and career.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (23 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118156315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118156315
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,668 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Model your career 18 April 2012
The call went out for co-contributors to a book - Business Model You. I was intrigued. As a career psychologist I use many different tools and techniques to support my work with clients. I've also got an MBA and have used models of business excellence at an organisational level.

This book helps us to see ourselves like a business - to identify the value we provide, the key activities we do, the resources we can use. It's really helpful when we want to seek a particular occupation we are clear on the value we provide.

This book has been developed by 328 work life wizards, which means that everything has been fully discussed and tested and this feedback and improvement cycle has really enhanced the content of this book.

This beautifully presented book starts by asking you to consider your organisations business model to understand your organisations business model which helps you to understand how your organisation works and how your work contributes to the business. It's really useful to think about the detail. For example, to consider the different sources of revenue, key resourcing, to consider key activities (making, selling, supporting). It then moves on to Business Model You where you take a personal perspective - your interests, skills and abilities, personality and assets. You can download a template to help you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was such fun... 20 Aug 2012
I cannot speak more highly of this book...

This is a simple, but beautifully written book that gives you a structured companion on a journey of self discovery - no words are wasted.

Being creatively minded, I had fun completing all the exercises with my A3 sheets of paper. My imagination was unleashed in ways no other book of this nature has been able to do.

It is hugely satisfying to find such a succinct book that gets to the heart of the matter without repeated and unnecessary detail. I can get lost and confused by too much information. It is also a great book for people who are short on time, or very visual in their learning.

I feel I now have something concrete to work with, and have been able to effectively re-frame what I do, and the value I add to a customer. The book gives you the room and permission to really get to know who you are, and then how to write a Business Model Me. It feels like a catalyst, and the rest is up to me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 19 Jun 2012
By Culture Enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I stumbled across this book whilst looking for strategy books for business. I did not know what to expect! This is a very enjoyable book that will help people identifying key strenghts and to visualise them in one page. It is based on how to structure a business model with the difference that the business is yourself. Very effective, fun and insightful. Highly recommended. It would make also a fantastic present for insightful smart friends.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Melvin
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Business Model You is a spin off project from the successful Business Model Generation with involvement by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pignault although Tim Clark is the main editor this time. Business Model Generation was a great method that can indeed be used for a wild variety of purposes and career reinvention is indeed one of them. The main problem with Business Model You is that it's a half baked effort at creating a book als strong as Business Model Generation. Everything about the book is a little below par. From examples that fail to illustrate the point as well as they should, to the main theoretical structure that doesn't really add much to the original. Even the design is not quite as immaculate as Business Model Generation. It leaves the feeling that the producers were just a little too quick to release this book and should have invested more care in developing and producing a real addition to the field of career self help books. With over 300 co-creators involved someone should have pushed the brakes on this project. A missed opportunity. Hopefully there will be better use of a truly outstanding methodology in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sophie
A succinct, attractive, and very accessible book outlining a one-page template of 9 components which interact to create a visual model of your work life, - I recommend it, for yourself, for your colleagues, for workshops.

Based on the successful "Business Model Generation" by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, the author Tim Clark, supported by a community of 328 "work-life wizards" has created this adaptation of the same model as a "Personal Business Model".

The Book covers:
* Introdution to the canvas concept
* Runs through the 9 segments of the canvas which fall into 4 groups:
The "core": How You Help
The "back end": What you do, Who you are and what you have, Who helps you
The "front end": How you interact, Who you Help, How they know you and how you deliver
The "result" - What you give, what you get. (words in quotes are my description)
There is:
* A Reflect section which introduces a range of tools to help define who you are, and what your career purpose is
* A Revise chapter, with tools and methods for analysing the canvas and creating points of change
* An Act section with valuable information on market testing and value.
In all, a most helpful book, with an adaptable model providing a visual result which you can work with over time.

Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love you Alexander Osterwalder!
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Helped me to get some sense of direction when I was at crossroads at a point in my career. Easy to read and follow as well.
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Many very simple yet powerful tools and ideas here to help you re imagine you and your future career. Great book. Thank you :-)
Published 12 months ago by 1Robward
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the paperback not the Kindle
I read this on my Kindle on holiday and my main piece of advice is to buy the paperback as you need to work with the mind maps and charts in the book and even by changing the view... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kindlequeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read!!
An insight of being a better business model of myself and also helped me out brilliantly with my assignments. I would definitely recommend this product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Business to You
In a fast changing world employability is Key even if you work within a company. This book is an easy and helpfull tool to reflect on your own added value. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Philippe Bailleur
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for proactive people
As I liked a lot Business Model Canvas, this book was the next logical step. I was looking for a method about how to find the right job and this book fulfills my requirements. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alberto De Vega Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point
Just what I need in my toolbox. Structured, good examples and very interesting.
Together with Business Model Generation and David Sibbet's books you have to leave business as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Per Olav Apalnes
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is this rated so highly?
I'm not sure what all the others see in this book or maybe my view is clouded as a career coach? I found the book fragmented, difficulty to follow and gave up many times. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Steve Preston
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