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The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business | [Josh Kaufman]

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice - one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether....

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume.

The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

True leaders aren't made by business schools - they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed. Read this book and you will learn the principles it takes most business professionals a lifetime of trial and error to master.

©2010, 2012 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC (P)2012 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC

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    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12
    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12

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    "Good Business Education"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I bought this for my daughter, but I decided to listen to it and I was suddenly flooded with business ideas!! I'm 53 years old and I am now on the cusp of some great ideas!! Excellent "read"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    For me, it was the author's prologue on how he got to this point in his own journey. It was inspiring.


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    Sounded a bit robotic, but nonetheless, a good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's 13 hours, so I could not. Plus it's something you need to listen to and then digest.


    Any additional comments?

    This information is rich; it's valuable. The most important component to any MBA is the student. How hungry are they? You can have all the Harvard and Yale MBAs you want, but unless the individual is proactive,....

    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Glenwood, IL, United States 10-01-12
    Aaron Glenwood, IL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book that Covers the Basics & Provides Refs"

    This audio book is packed with plenty of useful information on critical business concepts. Additionally, Josh provides a wealth of references that can be used to further investigate a particular concept in more details. Great resource for anyone who runs a small business or is seeking to understand the fundamentals of running a business.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Riaan Cape Town, South Africa 10-31-12
    Riaan Cape Town, South Africa 10-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This is a must Listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    Chapter 1 first 10 Min, Amazing


    Any additional comments?

    After the Intro is done and dusted, WOW amazing wealth of knowledge.
    Must Listen. I really Enjoyed it.
    Skip the Intro! It is an hour of moaning about MBA programs.

    54 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Fisher Moncton, New Brunswick Canada 12-02-12
    Eric Fisher Moncton, New Brunswick Canada 12-02-12
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    "Very Good Business Basics Overview"
    Would you listen to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business again? Why?

    Yes. Plenty of relevant material to educate the business owner (and there staff) with no formal business education.

    Very well arranged progression of topics and concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    Only reason I gave it a 4 star was the completely unnecessary and relevant beginning which goes on much much much too long about how useless a regular MBA is. Skip this, it adds nothing to the content.

    The real meat of the book is excellent. I will be buying the hard copy for visual reference to accompany the audiobook.

    Would make and excellent base for the developing staff basic business training.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jonny Liverpool, United Kingdom 01-20-13
    Jonny Liverpool, United Kingdom 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not an MBA, But A Damn Decent Experience."

    If you're expecting this to be a substitute for an MBA course, you'll be disappointed, and rightly so. If, however, you are looking for an excellent summary of a great deal of critical business, psychology and marketing concepts, that any aspiring entrepreneur or successful business owner should know, then this is the audiobook to get your hands on.
    It's 13 hours, but i'll still be giving it another listen in a few months or so, a testament to it's quality. Highly recommended.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Australia 11-02-12
    Brett Australia 11-02-12 Member Since 2010

    this is not how I wear my hair

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    "Very Awesome, Inspiring and Educational."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you don't learn something about business from this book, you weren't listening.


    What other book might you compare The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to and why?

    Up there with the greats like "How to win friends and influence people" and "Think and Grow Rich". A true classic that will stand the test of time.


    What does Josh Kaufman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Josh brings true value and genuine character to this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey step aside, there is a new Gun in town.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book on so many levels. Helpful, insightful and a great reference to focus and follow through on increasing your effectiveness and understanding of many vital subjects and actions.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Al UK 05-29-13
    Al UK 05-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "After a slow start there's some good stuff"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    Minuses - 1) The author starts off with an attack on MBAs and a justification for the book. That is not necessary and doesn't resonate well. I very nearly gave up on it for that reason, so skip the first chapter. 2) This is not anything like an MBA, which is fairly obvious, but I think the title is unnecessarily misleading and should be changed to 'Shortcut to an MBA' or something like that.

    Pluses -1) The author has done an enormous amount of good research. 2) He covers a large amount of ground 3) He has some good insights on the topics he covers 4) The author narrates and it comes across really well. 5) There are ongoing online resources.

    Overall a good purchase - I bought it on audio and kindle


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13
    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Audiobook EVER heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Im a client of audible for more than a year and I listen at least 1 book a month, sometimes two. This one have listen two times. IT SAYS SO MUCH THINGS that I had lived that make me say: if i knew then what i heard now.

    If there where an spanish version I would like tu buy it, if not I will love to translate this my self, so I can recommend it to so much people I know that are making so much mistakes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Communication Overhead


    Have you listened to any of Josh Kaufman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT Rochester, NY, United States 01-20-13
    ROBERT Rochester, NY, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A great reference with a distracting narration"

    It's rare that I listen to audio book and then run out and buy the dead-tree edition. But I will with this one. This is a reference book that should be on the desk of every entrepreneur or business owner. In clear, simple terms, devoid of buzz words Kaufman lays out everything you need to know about business. It truly is an MBA-lite.

    However, as a reference book, it's really not a great listen on your daily commute. Think dictionary-on-tape. Maybe that's a little harsh, but it's not exactly a pot boiler that makes you miss your exit.

    My only other complaint is the narration. Ever since listening to William Gibson read "Neuromancer," I've avoided books read by the author, but I decided to make an exception in this case. That was a mistake. Kaufman is no Frank Muller or Scott Brick.

    Fantastic content and very useful. I'll be referring to this title again and again.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Matthew WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but grating..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book for it's functional information.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Josh Kaufman? Why or why not?

    I would hesitate to try another book by Josh Kaufman, unless it had a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josh Kaufman’s performances?

    Unfortunately, his clipped voice and unusual pronunciation made it difficult to concentrate on the otherwise interesting subject matter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listening to this book is a personal battle between loving the content and trying to tune out the talker.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably should have gone old-school and bought the printed version, or at least the ebook.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
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    2/11/13
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    "Buyer Beware."

    Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.



    I thought this was going to be an interesting book - giving an overview of the topics covered in an MBA from a layman's point of view, with references to further reading materials. Instead, it was a 13 hour advert for some guy's blog.



    The first hour of the audiobook is setting the scene, with a variety of weak arguments about why an MBA is a waste of time and money, but giving absolutely no evidence that the Author's approach (of just reading lots of books without going to school) isn't also a waste of time and slightly less money.



    When he finally gets to the actual topic at hand, the material is covered at a very high level, and is mostly just a list of bullet points to think about. This would probably be slightly less useless in printed format than in audio form. Each brief chapter recommends further reading, and badgers you to go visit the author's blog.



    I would recommend anyone interested in this book to just skip the audiobook, go straight to the guy's website and look at his reading list. That will give you a good list of books that are more useful than this one.



    I would also caution that this is more of a self-help book than a business book. Many of the books that he recommends for further reading are also more about "motivation", than actually learning about business.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolai
    Denmark
    11/5/13
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    "Waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    First 1/3 part of this audio book is mostly a waste of time. It's a very basic overview of some complicated tasks you'll meet in business live.

    This can't really serve as much more than a index card for what you need to learn - anyhow that is also the point of the book: don't waste many years in school and spend all your money learning these topics, when you can learn them from books.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/17/13
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    "Better than expected"

    The previous review put me off purchasing this, but I had seen the book and decided to give it a go.



    I was glad I did - I found the information very easy to understand and useful: it has helped me to see where I am going right in my two businesses as well as spot where I am going wrong. It is thought provoking and has helped me think about things - for this reason it has been a worthwhile purchase.



    The author does mention his website - but not too often and I did not find it particularly self-promoting or distracting. It is certainly far better than many of the charlatans that write books to promote the author's own websites, seminars and tapes.



    This book has substance and is enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Dublin 6W, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "Very useful book"

    I really liked this book. The premis is that students of MBA courses all over the world are increasingly getting themselves into serious and sometimes life long debt when everything that they study on such courses is available elsewhere for free - or for a very small relative cost. Having made this point the author goes on to give high level overviews of the major subjects in business, and includes some useful observations on personal management and development. It is easy to listen to, very clearly and concisely written and I would recommend it to both business students and practitioners.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Khaled Al Marei
    London, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "Simple still very resourceful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    The book uses a simple way to present what business is about without getting into too much details.Very rich with inspiring examples and very well read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    COBHAM, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "A real resource worth listening to"
    What did you like most about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    I liked it's clear structure, which had impact and purpose. Lots of example stories and case studies also make this a book worth getting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    The ongoing analysis and criticism of top flight MBA business schools. The message is clear: if you've got a spare $100k+ to buy entry to an exclusive members club, then these top schools are for you - but don't be under any illusion that you'll learn anything different than any other of the good MBA schools out there. Save your money and learn about the topics explored in MBAs yourself - you'll save yourself a lot of money, which you could put towards your business venture.


    Which character – as performed by Josh Kaufman – was your favourite?

    N/A


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It reaffirmed what I'd suspected - and potentially saved me a £££s of money in fees.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few business books worth reading, given that it provides practical and common sense advice, but in a crystalised / useful form.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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