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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Quentin 11-13-12
    Quentin 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "High-Speed Summary of Business Topics"
    What did you love best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    This book is filled with quick summaries of various business topics and offers a fast overview of many popular subjects.


    Any additional comments?

    Well narrated by the author with good audio quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 11-10-12
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I can't believe this is what you learn in an MBA."

    This was a good book ... but it doesn't seem to be an MBA book. There is one chapter on equations and metrics (I expected and wanted this) and then a ton of chapters covering basic marketing, social psychology, and self-help topics (not what I expected). Fortunately, Mr. Kaufman is a good writer and good reader. I may buy the paper version to find the cited books to delve deeper.

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    jennifer mexico df, Mexico 11-08-12
    jennifer mexico df, Mexico 11-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A must for all entrepreneurs!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    The terms and ideas are describes clearly and simply.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I know more about running a business that I did before reading this book.


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

    Knowing his own story.


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

    You're in business.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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    Artcrafter 11-07-12
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    "Simple & usefull info about all the business types"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    Josh Kaufman spoke clearly and use plain english, he also explain new terms as they came up. He gave examples and references to most of the business concepts. He mention the important of common sense, learning to know and use. Unlike how some people tell you to memorize facts and data to pass a course or test as people are commonly taught now. After listen to Josh Kaufman's audible book, I understand how my employer works and about how we compare to other business.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As far as listening quality goes Josh Kaufman's voice is very good. It does not make me sleeply. It sounds like he is talking to you not at you. Also, I do not hear well but I understand everything he said. No background distractions! If you have ever had the chance to really listen to a lot of radio shows, podcasts, or Audible book you know how annoying that can be. I have already played this audible several times again because the information is usefull and well spoken. Best of all I learn this while working around the house, at the gym, and even on my lunch breaks at work!


    Any additional comments?

    One interesting note about this audible is that Josh Kaufman mentions the important of the people element to business, how business are to solve problems for people and how important customer service is.

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    GARY Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-12
    GARY Auckland, New Zealand 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent intro to business"

    As stated, it's an introduction to cover the basics and fundimentals of business. You can get something out of the book no matter what level you are at. An excellent listen and highly motivational.

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    Roberto DF, Mexico 11-05-12
    Roberto DF, Mexico 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good for learning the basics"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I recommend it only for people without a bussines background. The book is pretty basic.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's too basic. I bought it hoping not only for concepts but for bussines ideas and I good just a few of them.


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

    Nothing, just concepts and some examples.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not at all.


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    Iannis 10-29-12
    Iannis 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A great summary of many great business books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend it as a guide to understanding what else there is to read in order to keep learning the hidden secrets of business, pshycology, human behavior and many other aspects of our social life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author transmits a great sense of motivation to the reader!


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

    The age of information is here, take full advantage of it!


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for his next book!

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    Danie Grobler South Africa 10-29-12
    Danie Grobler South Africa 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth your while."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    NO, it is a give and take situation. The book is compact and gets your mind wrapped around all the important subjects of business and more. If you want to know more about a specific subject it is up to you to find out more


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

    There is a bunch of new concepts that I have never herd before.


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

    No


    Do you think The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, Business is always evolving and Josh has little to say about the new roles of IT and Marketing in his book.


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    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-24-12
    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great resource for us new to business"

    This is a great book for people who do not have a deep background in business. I am an educator, and I am looking into starting my own private school, and this book proved incredibly useful to me. I was able to learn all the basics I need to have the confidence to start my own business.
    My only complaint is that every once a while, there would be repeated lines.

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    Sara 10-10-12
    Sara 10-10-12
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    "Can't get self-entitilement of the first chapter"
    What did you like best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business? What did you like least?

    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.


    16 of 33 people found this review helpful
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