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This is not a book for those looking to set a personal/family mission statement and values/targets/performance indicators for life - you will be disappointed.
The basic premise revolves around how you can change your life for the better by creating a personalised business plan in order to structure your targets, progress and goals - much in the same way one would conduct a conventional business projection. The book has a section at the back for "exercises" which can be completed as the paragraphs progress throughout your reading and the overall quality of the product is good and sturdy, manufactured with good materials.
It is wise to take self help books with a pinch of salt as I feel that many people buy them when they are on a downwards cycle in life and expect a book to provide them with deep seated answers and issues that they have regarding themselves, their goals and their own happiness. This is not a miracle cure, nor does it advertise to be one - something which I very much liked in fairness!
Towards the beginning of the book, the author can have the effect of putting the reader off as the first few pages are dedicated to informing the reader how greater the Personal Business Plan is and what they can expect out of it. This can come off a little conceited, although I warmed to the author later on and found his writing style a little bit less patronising than I had initially. This can be taken as setting context, although I feel there is just slightly too much of the same thing here.
Moving through onto the actual plan, the book does make a variety of excellent points.Read more ›
At first a personal business plan might seem too structured but if you think how much energy and planning you put into your annual holiday compared with planning your life you might start to wonder whether you have your priorities right. All the usual self help advice is here but there are many other insights which made me think about how I plan - or don't plan - my own life. The book is supported by a web site from which you can download the toolkit and there is also a copy of it in the book itself.
The book is structured on the basis of asking yourself ten questions:
1 - What is My Situation?
2- How Can I Thrive?
3- When Do I Perform at My Best?
4-What Energises Me?
5- Where am I on My Personal Journey?
6- How Do I Become Happy?
7 - How do I Reinvent Myself?
8 - How Do I Differentiate Myself From Others?
9 - What is My Personal Business Plan?
10- What Have I Learned?
The business plan itself is based on the answers to those ten questions. Each chapter is full of compelling case studies showing how it is possible to change one's life so that ambitions can be achieved and attention paid to all areas of life.
I found the book fascinating reading and I have marked many passages to return to them later.Read more ›
Stephen Bruyant-Langer is a Danish businessman (a senior partner with Korn/Ferry International--a company which coaches executives--who has also worked as a marketing executive for the likes of L'Oreal and Coca Cola). I was impressed with his style from the first page (the first paragraph, even): unlike so many of these books, his words don't seem at all rushed, like he is calmly writing out his plan (rather than trying to pump you with adrenalin through his words). Whilst most other books make you feel like you're out on a flat out run to successville! (with the author running behind you with a megaphone!), this is more like going for a gentle walk along the cliffs, looking down at the oceans of your life, perhaps smoking a pipe filled with fine Danish tobacco, with him pointing out nuggets of advice from his experience as you go :)
The plan itself is a 10 stage analysis of your life (past, present and future--20 years future, not just next week!). It isn't really a "quick-fix" guide, but something that encourages you to fully evaluate yourself logically, and to form logical (and therefore confidence-building) plans for letting go, moving on and building a future for yourself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good sound practical advice if you are looking to 're-invent' yourself.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You will find many of the familiar bits of advice if you have read many self help books however this takes a very comprehensive approach to organizing your life which when you... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rod Mcpherson
This book is very well put together, both in appearance and content. However, the content was not quite right for my own needs.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by Brigitte
This is a personal business plan - so it won't help to get that new idea for that 'All The Cheese You Can Eat' cafe off the ground. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Blackcatlover
Very timely for the new year, this book seeks to help you stop drifting through life and achieve all you want to. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Dinah85
Essentially advocating a project management approach to life, there is something very likeable in the presentation. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Jack Chakotay
This was far better than most of the self-help books that I have read (damning with faint praise I know)
It is quite well written and detailed. Read more
I'm well read on this stuff and I like this book. There aren't any big surprises in the book, for me, but the value of the book is that you are guided to think about your life. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2014 by CC