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A pleasant and rewarding change (from usual motivational books).
on 16 October 2013
I found "The Personal Business Plan" to be a very interesting and inspirational read. Though it probably doesn't really differ that much from umpteen other motivational guides (written by business gurus and entrepreneurs), it was the down-to-earth and calming style, and attention to detail that appealed to me, that allowed me to unlock my gates of scepticism and believe what the author was saying (whereas many such titles just start to grate on me--with their self-proclaimed fantasticness!)
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. Though it is probably best to read it from cover-to-cover (so that you can form your own complete "personal business plan" using the toolkit at the end), I think it would also be useful for you if you just wish to concentrate on one area ("What energizes me?", "When do I perform at my best?", "What makes me happy?", "How do I reinvent myself?" etc.)
The book itself is nicely presented (a slim and tall hardback, with good quality feel) and there are lots of useful (simple) diagrams throughout to highlight the ideas more clearly. Though the author is a businessman (and obviously refers to his practices in business throughout), he also often gives real world examples also and everything is easily translatable to everyday situations. It isn't perhaps something you will gain instant inspiration from (though you well might), but more something that gently nudges you in the right direction as you ponder on it. Definitely worth a read if (like me) you're sick of all singing all dancing motivational books that do little other than sing and dance!
Finally, also make sure you check the books corresponding website (don't think I'm allowed to refer to in here, but it is easily to find online--search for the books title without any spaces), where you'll find useful extra material (author videos and a printable version of the toolkit).