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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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.
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I thought this listen turned out to be better than I expected. It started out with too much focus on running your own business, but in later chapters the author went into details that are applicable for any job.
I'm not sure if it's a true replacement for a real MBA, but it's a lot cheaper and I will definitely be checking out the website.
No, too much information.
A great buy
Here is something about myself.
A lot of complaints have been made on the narrator. All I have to say is: listen to the sample!
This book is literally 'the boot camp of business'. The author clearly hates Harvard's MBA, but that's okay since he's not the only one nowadays bashing the program. The whole book makes sense and is full of insights and good to know information.
What you won't find:
* Detailed formulas or information on a subject in perticular.
* Suggested study path
* The "secret"
This is basically a summary of everything the author read. I am impressed by the amount of knowledge contained in this book. I'm pretty sure you will find at least one thing that will improve your life, or your business.
Most of the information cited is practical and not theoretical. The author also tells us where to look if we want more information on the subject.
I recommend this book.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
I have work for for big corporations, I felt a needed to earn a MBA but why? I already have a MSc, so it didn't seem logical, why go back and down, also I am a business starter and this book has gave me the tools I required. Of course you need to keep on studying but the book references are pristine. It has my highest points.
In my top ten
Flexability of being mobile. The audio is a awesome way of leaning
Great business book.
I am a life long learner who likes to think differently.
The author was great about giving resources for other books that go into greater detail on the specific subject matter.
Run my business better.
I liked that the author described what would and wouldn't be included, but also cited external material to be studied. For example he clearly states that he wouldn't get deep into statistics but offered great resources for the reader to pursue should he want to improve in that area. I had been working on a business plan for some months now and taught I had taught about as many ideas as I could. I was wrong. This book is packed with a lot of information. I often found myself pausing to write down notes and ideas. I recommend this book to anyone. This book is beneficial to employers and employees since the principals covered can be applied by both. This is my first audible book and I have not canceled my account because there is clearly a lot to learn out there.
Great read/listen - I have been running a small business for almost 20 years this book will enhance my ability. This is a collection of the many nuggets you would take away from business school. It is just enough education to give you the ability to know where to go to enhance the skills you need.
Mr. Kaufman is exceptionally well versed in virtually all business topics. I have an MBA and highly recommend this book as an excellent resource for business owners and any others wanting to learn or get a refresher with regard to managing business . This is one of those books that I will listen to many times over.
I'm also a Jonah, so I am especially impressed that Mr. Kaufman covers (or, at least mentions) Goldratt's Theory of Constraints. Like I said, he is exceptionally well versed. . .
BTW, Mr. Kaufman's narration works. Period.
It's packed with amazing ideas to succeed both professionally and personally. The suggestions presented are practical instead of theoretical which is what they teach in school. I plan to re-listen to this book regularly.
Regardless of whether you agree with the author's argument that getting an MBA is not worth the debt and opportunity cost, he does a very good job in synthesizing business concepts and identifying resources for further study. In fact, you can skip the first chapter, and just get into the heart of the book. It is well worth the time.
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.
"Definitely worth a read"
Was skeptical about this book because of other reviews. But I found it very helpful. It gives a clear introduction to a variety of areas and provides recommendations for further reading
"Waste of time"
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.
"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.
"Good all round book"
I got used to Josh Kauffmans slightly tinny recording after a while & didn't mind it. The book certainly covers the basics of business and introduces you to some good terms/ lingo. I'd recommend to anyone just starting out in business or interested to find out a bit about running one. Not so much for those who've been in business for a while- although there are some little bits of inspiration in there that might get your creative juices flowing!
"Very useful and full of great advice"
Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.
"A real resource worth listening to"
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.
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.
It reaffirmed what I'd suspected - and potentially saved me a £££s of money in fees.
One of the few business books worth reading, given that it provides practical and common sense advice, but in a crystalised / useful form.
"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.
"Simple still very resourceful!"
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.
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