The author spent the first several hours trying to sell me on why I should buy this book (I already had), why I should not do an MBA program (I have no intention of doing one), and what he was going to tell me in the pages ahead (get to it!). I wanted to find out relevant information to starting a new business, but I felt that the topics were covered in a very cursory way. It's probably too much information for just one book. I also felt that the pronunciation/narration was annoying and couldn't make it through the whole book.
Business and Self Improvement are my niche. I don't have a lot of free time, so I love the audio format. I listen to improve myself and the world.
I appreciated that Mr. Kauffman broke business down into many different segments. It keeps the listeners attention.
Winning by Jack Welch is another favorite. The Personal MBA has more of an academic approach than Winning. Winning provide a lot more stories and is a slower read. The Personal MBA will benefit a lot more people (it's not just for CEO's).
I listen to it whenever I have free time.
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This is a practical, commonsense business book. I have yet to complete it, but I find useful tidbits here and there. Much of the information is an aggregation of information I've read elsewhere but it's nice to have it in a single place. The downside of this book is that to make use of much of the information I'd need to refer back to it and in audio format, that's just not practical.
Liked Best: This book provides a good overview of many of the top ideas the author attained from the many books he previously read. If you have read a good portion of the books on his suggested reading list, then you will recognize where these ideas came from.
Liked Least: His hour long rant against MBA programs is both irritating and uninformed. For those who understand the merits of a top-tier MBA, it is easy to pick apart his argument.
It was worth listening to only because it was a good refresher on the concepts I have read in many other books. I would say that this is a good starter book for someone just entering the business field.
There is nothing incredibly insightful about this book. If you are somewhat familiar with business concepts and are well read in the management and leadership domains, then skip this book. It's not bad, but I would go with many of the books that he suggests on his "personal MBA" website over this book.
I really enjoyed that he covered other topics directly related to business, but maybe not covered by other business books I've read. He covers goal setting, basic communication as well as running a business. I've needed a refresher to motivate me and this was it!
Well worth the time spent and I'll be listening to this over and over again.
Very well read.
as much as I want to know and listen to the content of this book, i can't stand the narrator. so I stopped. even tried to stops few days and go back... doesn't work. very annoying note: I rarely write review, especially the negative once, but this one is REALLY bad. waste 1 credit
There is no insight or "A-ha!" moments in this book - all very basic, full of fluff. For instance, "If a business needs capital, they should seek investors. Also, consider spending less." Really, really bad.
Yes - and they owe The Four Hour Workweek royalties.
Avoid at all costs.
This book should be mandatory for any collage education with any kind of business involvement.
I have listened to it once a month now for three months. It explains and wraps up many of the areas that I have found in the course schedule for several MBA programs. I have started checking of the read list and my personal goal this year is is to be done with my personal MBA this year!
Maybe not the most exciting narrator voice, but that is counterbalanced by the effort of the author reading it himself.
Josh is a pleasure to listen to. He speaks clearly and concisely and provides great mental pictures of concepts to aid absorption and retention.
While the Personal MBA isn't a "story" per se, Josh interjects many mini stories and examples of how business/people concepts work and how they can apply to the listener.
Josh Kaufman is a great character himself. :) He eloquently explains the passion behind the Personal MBA as a project, book, and business, which comes through all of the concepts, making it an enjoyable read, listen, and follow up learning experience.
Back to Basics Business
As a curator of business information, you get a lot more from Josh Kaufman than the content of the book. You get recommendations and resources for an indefinite, ongoing learning experience. Josh's work on the Personal MBA is extraordinary and well worth any time/money spent on it.
I'm thinking of starting my own business after a long career in sales, but without much business education. This book is the perfect starting point. Very concise and a pleasure to listen to.