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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118156315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118156315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Q & A with Tim Clark, author of Business Model You

What inspired you to write Business Model You?
One day, on a whim, I decided to use the Business Model Canvas to diagram my career in the form of a "personal business model." The experience floored me, and I thought, well, if this helped me, it should help a lot of other people, too.

Who is this book for?
The book is for anyone who's keen to rethink how they work. It's especially helpful for people like me, who've long lacked a logical way to conceptually frame their careers.

What sets Business Model You apart from other career books?
BMY is the first book to apply a business model description, analysis, and innovation methodology to individuals. Other books exhort readers to think of themselves as "one-person enterprises" and "startups." BMY provides a specific method for doing so.

What is the one thing you hope readers get out of reading Business Model You?
I hope readers absorb BMY's career-tweaking methodology--it's something they'll find useful for the rest of their lives.

How has the response been to the book so far from readers?
Readers worldwide tell me they're delighted with BMY. The book is now slated for release in 11 languages besides English. It's wonderful knowing that the approach resonates globally.




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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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I'm a college student and bought this book to start thinking about my career.
Baran
The book provides a fantastic and structured approach to the most important business model all, your personal career.
Peter Quinlan
To really architect a Business Model for your career, there needs to be some understanding to of your life's purpose.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By ijnorway on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fariss on March 1, 2012
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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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D'Alexandros on May 19, 2012
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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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MN Gal on January 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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kadena Tate on April 17, 2012
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Business Model You shows you how to turn your ideas into income so that you can leave a legacy that aligns your purpose to people, planet and profits. This is an absolute must read for every person who wants to leave a positive legacy in the community in which they live, work and serve. Thank you
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