Personal Business Models Replace Career Uncertainty

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Many are unable to summarize their work lives on a single sheet of paper. Business Model You allows individuals to reinvent themselves through personal business models.

Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career (Wiley; March 2012)

When translator Mika Uchigasaki attended a personal business model workshop in Seattle last April, she discovered more about her career than she’d bargained for.

Perched on overstuffed, red velvet chairs, participants struggled to summarize their work lives on single sheets of paper – and Uchigasaki got stuck. The “What I Do” and “How I Help Customers” sections of her personal business model were identical: Both said translate legal documents between Japanese and English.

But with prompting from the workshop leader, Uchigasaki finally redefined her “How I Help Customers” statement as creating persuasive documentation to win multimillion-dollar lawsuits.

As she considered the change, Uchigasaki’s eyes shone. “This is a new way of thinking for me,” she said. “I’ve been searching for a new model for my work. I think I’ve found it.”

Uchigasaki is among a growing number of people using a new tool to rethink their careers. The single-page, nine-section personal business model is a twist on the Business Model Canvas, a tool for depicting how organizations operate. The Canvas, described in the international bestseller Business Model Generation, has been adopted by thousands of organizations as an effective way to describe and reinvent organizational business models.

While working on Business Model Generation, the authors realized that the Canvas could be applied to individuals as well. In many ways, “organizations are simply plural forms of individuals,” says Kim Korn, a management consultant.

Korn belongs to a community of more than 600 personal business model enthusiasts from 43 countries that, together with the Business Model Generation authors, wrote a new book on the personal business model methodology entitled Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career (Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-1181-5631-5; $27.95; March 2012). Chinese, German, French, and Dutch rights to the new work were sold before the English language edition of the book was released, testifying to Business Model You’s international appeal.

“Most of us lack a structured way to reinvent ourselves, even though changing workplace business models are making professional and personal life more challenging than ever,” says Business Model You lead author Tim Clark. “The new book offers a simple, structured way to optimize the most important business model of all: business model you.”

To receive a review copy or schedule an interview with the author, please contact:
Heather Condon, Publicist - WILEY - hcondon (at) wiley (dot) com 201-748-6017

Dr. Timothy Clark (Portland, OR) leads the personal business model movement at A gifted trainer and entrepreneur who draws on experience with flopped ventures and multimillion-dollar acquisitions alike, Clark has authored or edited five books on entrepreneurship, business models, and personal development, including the international bestseller Business Model Generation. He currently serves as a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba in Tokyo. Visit

Alexander Osterwalder, PhD (Lausanne, Switzerland) is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, strategy consultant, and together with Professor Yves Pigneur, the inventor of the Business Model Canvas. He leads the 6,000+-member Business Model Innovation Hub, the world’s largest community dedicated to organizational business model innovation, and writes a popular blog on business model innovation at

Yves Pigneur, PhD, (Lausanne, Switzerland) is a professor of business at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has held visiting professorships at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Pigneur is the chairperson of several conferences (IFIP, ISDSS, AIM). His research has been published in over fifty books, refereed journals and conference proceedings.


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