The Personal Business Plan – A Blueprint for Running Your Life – By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Wiley, September 2013 - 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 at Copenhagen Business School. 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 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.

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