I'm a very open minded person, but also a very busy person. Time is important; life is short. I just spent 20 minutes listening to the author talk in a clipped voice about why he's qualified to write this book, why he's an outlier, why he's special, why one career experience with one employer gives him credo, etc. Ok, so maybe there are many other career experiences or insights to follow but I honestly can't deal with the ego trip and can only ask the author to please get outside of himself if he wants to connect with people (or settle in for a few years and see what life is like, then write from a sincere place). I'm giving some rating as there are likely good things to follow as promised by author. Yet I can't quite get past this point on audio. Perhaps a hard copy to flip through is the best format for this book.
I did not get the impression that the author had much practical experience he could draw from.
I've been looking at a lot of different business material, trying to find the best option. This book turned out to be a surprise for me. Incredibly insightful and lots of every day use practice information in here. Have to go through it several times to even digest all of it. Although the beginning is a little rough it feels more like he's trying to convince you to read the book and then it actually has anything to do with the information in the book. Besides that, it's incredibly useful.
With so many "business books" being little more than a one-night- stand pep talk about goals and to-do lists, The Personal MBA is a refreshing and insightful work into the core structure, psychology, and mechanics of business.
Any one at any level in business aspiring to do more or even maintain what you have better should use this work as a start and source for future development.
Vividly written and aptly covers most topics of business management studies. I highly recommend this book to all looking for revising their MBA education, or wanting to build skills before a proper full time MBA Programme.
You'll like this book if you enjoy lots of really simple examples.
I am still interested in business books, I just don't like this author.
This book is painful because of the constant onslaught of dumb examples.
Ok, we get it, there is a glut of MBAs out there. I just got back from my 10 year college reunion. At one point, a group of eight old friends were standing around drinking beer when we realized that all but one of us had an MBA (the odd man out had a masters in systems engineering). I thought this would be a good book to listen to every once in a while as a reminder to make sure I'm still taking an appropriately holistic view of my own business decisions. I thought that listening to the concepts while having some real world business problems in my head might generate some ah ha moments. But after listening to the author rant for 45 minutes about what a waste of money MBAs are, I just couldn't finish. Know your audience. We already bought the book; we already accepted the premise. Now get to the point!
I loved the message of learning by doing, and how practical experience is a better teacher than any classroom.
The outline of the book covered many vital areas in great depth.
The narration was enjoyable, so much so, I went through this book in two days... and I'm ready to go back through it again.
I enjoyed how well organized the material was presented.
While some examples were regurgitations from other books, and many of the stories have been told and retold throughout the years, I still feel this is a book everyone interested in business must have.
... but don't just have it on your library..
Listen to it.
I love it!