I first ran across the Business Model Canvas when a co-worker alerted me to some Lunch and Learns with the MCED (Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development) through their Top Gun Program. See the video of Steve Blank talk about the 3 tools for Startup.
Take a few minutes to view these. He introduces the Business Model Canvas and how to use it.
I looked at this for quite a while and then realized that this must have benefits to all small businesses (Not just technology businesses), then it occurred to me that this model could have great benefit to Veterans transitioning, as a matter of fact, it could have great benefit to anyone transitioning.
If you want to learn more how you can use this for your career or business, go to Business Model You. This is just really getting started, but I did find several veterans using this model to sharpen their career focus.
One Veteran wrote: "After creating my Personal Business Model Canvas, the problem was clear. Despite my personal development, I neglected to figure out how my skills could solve other people's problems."
I have attached a CV/Resume Canvas that was developed from the canvas by Jaz Blakeston-Petch, and will be working to refine this canvas to be more military specific.
The point here is to look at the relationships of your skills, people, experiences, network, channels, etc. to realize the synergy and value of your information. I think this might be a valuable tool about 6 to 12 months before you transition. Get out ahead of TAP and define your path before you have to. Remember: Plan, plan, then do whatever it takes.
You will be hearing more about this, for your career, as well as for your business.
I scaled this up to 3 ft by 4 ft and put it on my wall at home. I see it everyday and I think about what is needed to move forward in my own transition.