Ron SchultzMy very good friend and author Ron Schultz has hit it out of the park with his new book entitled “Creating Good Work- The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy“.  In my interview with Ron we discuss his passion for social entrepreneurship and how this movement can and will change the way and focus of how we do business.  “Creating Good Work” shows how using free market principles will solve pressing problems and to make a positive difference in the world.

Ron’s personal contribution is a chapter on “How Change Happens And Why It Sometimes Doesn’t”  An important lesson Ron learned from his mentor Howard Sherman who introduced him to “a theory of business action” is that if the principle is flawed no matter how diligently we try nothing new and novel that can effect positive change will ever emerge from our models if the principle is wrong.  We must realize that at the root of social entrepreneurship we have to embrace change and learn how to thrive in this new environment.

Associate Dean Craig Dunn from Western Washington University contributes a chapter on “Deliberate Disruptive Design.”  Craig states that the term social entrepreneurship, fails to adequately catpure both the head and heart of the matter: thoughtful, caring design that is at the same time deliberate and disruptive, to the point of being fundamentally subversive is what is needed to shift our thoughts and actions about what we do and become in the process of embracing being a social entrepreneur.

Much of “Creating Good Work” is devoted to the amazing stories of individuals who are changing the world through amazing projects and service to our world.  Dorthy Stoneman from Youth Build, Bart Weetjens with Apopo, Bill Shore with Share Our Strength are just a few of the many social entrepreneurs profiled in “Creating Good Work“.  This books guides you from the theory to the practice and ultimately to success stories of individuals making a big difference.

If you have any interested at all in learning about social entrepreneurship and how you personally can make a difference in the world, then I highly recommend that you read and learn from the amazing stories told in  “Creating Good Work”.

Enjoy my interview with author and editor of “Creating Good Work” Ron Schultz.  You can visit his website by clicking here.

 

 

Tim ClarkIt is not to often that I come across a book that I am as excited about as “Business Model You“. Maybe it is because I am the preverbal entrepreneur and I am always looking for ways to improve myself and how I do business.  If you are like me, then you are really going to enjoy  Tim Clark’s new book for it is loded with amazing techniques and tools to help you transform your career.

Business Model You” in essence was crowdsourced.  Tim and his collaborators Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur solicited the thoughts and ideas from 328 work life wizards from around the world.   Some of their profiles are included in the book providing the reader with insight into how they used the “Canvas” to reshape their careers and lives.   As stated in ” Business Model You” it will give you a distinct advantage, because while many workers define and document organizational business practices, few formally define or document organizational business models.  Even fewer individuals apply the power of business model thinking to their own careers.

The whole book is based on something called “The Business Model Canvas”, which describes how nine components of a business model fit together, is a powerful technique for painting pictures of how organizations work.   Those nine components are: customers, value provided, channels, customer relationships, revenue, key resources, key activities, key partners and costs.  If you would like a picture of the canvas ( a picture is worth a 1,000 words) please click here to be directed to the downloadable PDF of the canvas.   So why is this important?  Author Tim Clark  shows you how to convert the nine (9) components into “The Personal Business Model Canvas”.  Those same (9) components then then turned into questions that allow you to immediately understand the importance of the canvas: who helps you?, what you do?, who you are and what you have?, what you give?, how you help?, how you interact?, how they know you and how you deliver?, what you get?, how you help?.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with Tim Clark about “Business Model You”.  This book if used properly can truly alter your career and life.

If you are interested in watching a great YouTube video about the book click here.  I also encourage you to visit the “Business Model You” website and join the community of thousands who are collaborating together throughout the world helping one another define new and exciting careers.