The Personal Business Plan: A Blueprint for Running Your Life
Plan for success
No one would embark on a business venture without a thorough and coherent plan. So why are so many of us happy to stagger through life with no real plan – just going with the flow, seeing what happens? It’s time we gave our lives the same importance we give to our business exploits. The Personal Business Plan offers a practical, field-tested method for effectively planning out what you want from life and exactly how to achieve it. It will change the way you look at yourself, your job and your career. This is an essential toolkit for all ambitious career professionals who want to know how to thrive in their job and simultaneously become a happier and more effective person. Creating your own personal business plan will help you to define your purpose, plan your actions, break through limiting beliefs and reinvent yourself.
- Written by a top executive coach and head-hunter with the world’s leading Talent Management and Executive Search firm who has changed the lives of thousands of people
- A field-tested methodology for identifying your mission, setting your critical success criteria, defining your agenda, keeping to the point and become more fulfilled and happier
- A complete life view – how to excel in your chosen career and simultaneously enjoy a happy personal life
List of Figures and Tables in The Personal Business Plan vi
Introduction: What Can I Use The Personal Business Plan For? vii
What Was Your Question? xi
How is This Book Structured? xiii
What Do You Do? xix
1 What is My Situation? 1
What Baggage from the Past Must I Let Go Of? 7
What is Meaningful to Me Right Now? 8
How Can I Move Forward? 10
2 How Can I Thrive? 13
What Do I Like Doing? 21
What Don’t I Like Doing? 23
How Can I Learn to Trust My Intuition? 25
3 When Do I Perform at My Best? 29
What Does Success Look Like to Me? 34
What is My Deep Down Motivation? 38
What is My Worst-Case Scenario? 41
4 What Energizes Me? 45
What are My Strengths? 48
What are My Weaknesses? 57
What is My Passion? 61
5 Where am I on My Personal Journey? 67
Where am I in My Life? 68
What are My Personal Priorities? 74
What is My Potential for Personal Growth? 74
6 How Do I Become Happy? 79
What is My Challenge? 87
Why Must I Do Something Now? 91
How Can I Obtain 20/20 Vision? 96
7 How Do I Reinvent Myself? 101
What am I Willing to Sacrifi ce? 107
Who Can I Turn to for Help? 109
What is My Life Ambition? 111
8 How Do I Differentiate Myself from Others? 125
What am I Better at than Anybody Else? 129
What Else Differentiates Me from the Rest? 133
How Good Do I Want to Be? 135
9 What is My Personal Business Plan? 141
How Can I Reinvent Myself in Order to Remain Relevant? 143
What is My BATNA? 146
Am I Happy Now? 148
10 What Have I Learned? 153
What is My Time Horizon? 156
How Far Can I Go? 157
What Would I Attempt to Do if I Knew I Could Not Fail? 158
Epilogue: What Now? 165
Your Personal Business Plan Toolkit 171
Top 10 Recommended Reading 197
About the Author 205
No one would embark on a business venture without a thorough and coherent plan. So why are so many of us happy to stagger through life with no real plan, just going with the flow and seeing what happens? It is time we give our lives the same importance we give to our business exploits and thanks to Stephen Bruyant-Langer’s new book, The Personal Business Plan, help is on its way.
The Personal Business Plan, published by Wiley, is a fascinating, credible and practical field-tested guide for all ambitious human beings on planning out what you want from your life and exactly how to achieve it. Written by a senior partner from the world’s leading Executive Search and Talent Management firm, Korn/Ferry International, it will change the way you look at yourself, your life and your career.
Transformational and inspirational, this book offers a comprehensive and effective guidance on thriving in the work place and becoming a happier person in every aspect of your life – and the best news – if you follow Stephen’s advice, it really works.
The Personal Business Plan helps you define your ambitions and overcome self-limitations, creating a breakthrough – a true sense of professional purpose and belonging. It allows you to identify your mission, determine the criteria for success and define your own agenda – keeping to the point, prioritising and avoiding distraction on the path to achieving your goals.
Author, Stephen Bruyant-Langer, has worked as a senior partner, head-hunter and top executive coach at Korn/Ferry International. For more than 15 years, he has in parallel pursued an academic Executive Education career, teaching courses atCopenhagenBusinessSchool. Previously he worked as marketing director with companies including L’Oréal and The Coca-Cola Company.
Stephen describes The Personal Business Plan as the central tool in the executive coaching system he has perfected since 1996 – when he found himself out of work, with a house, two cars, a wife and four children to support. He has had the privilege of contributing significantly to breakthroughs for thousands of executives undergoing periods of personal transition. They have carried through the same steps and answered the same questions that readers are asked to reflect on in his new book.
For everybody he has worked with, it has led to fundamental clarity and improvements in their lives. The Personal Business Plan allows readers to perform sensible, essential changes around a fixed starting point – personal life values. Stephen starts his book by offering readers his ‘10 best pieces of inspirational advice on how to obtain success and happiness:
1) Be generous, 2) Be inclusive and tolerant, 3) Stop living up to other people’s expectations, 4) Be an interesting conversation partner, 5) Be direct and consequent in your communication, 6) Spend 10,000 hours on becoming excellent at something, 7) Break the mold before you break down, 8) Run a risk from time to time, 9) Find your life ambition, 10) Reinvent yourself
From this point onwards readers are treated to easy-to-apply advice with key-learning summaries at the end of each chapter. As Stephen has found, most leaders have difficulties in applying their professional toolbox to their personal life – The Personal Business Plan helps you make personal decisions and become surprisingly good at implementing them.
To coincide with the launch of The Personal Business Plan, readers will be able to visit www.thepersonalbusinessplan.com where they will be offered the toolkit found in the book, it will feature quotes, lists and inspirational advice from the man who continues to change thousands of lives.