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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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 found this book to be enjoyable and cover a large gamut of relevant information. I especially liked the middle chapters which discussed human psychology which is useful for trying to sell.
The benefit of having a condensed reference guide such as this is that you only get to scratch the surface in-terms of content. Also, I reject the notion that this summarizes an MBA program. No single book can capture two years of case-study, problem solving, networking and business simulations - not even close.
I took a few key ideas / phrases with me that I will apply on some clients - that's about it - but I still consider it a good overview of many key business / selling concepts. Also - the author references many sources of information that the reader can seek additional background information.
Discusses far beyond what any MBA book or degree will offer that is applicable to the real world. This book contains the core information of business books by the dozens.
It wasn't what I anticipated. While the information is useful, its delivery is somewhat tedious.
Most every principal taught in the books is covered in econ 101 or psychology 101. This is a master of nothing. I should have known better, but this book is the equivalent to the get rich quick in education.
The monotone voice made it good listening when going to sleep
The only reason I didn't give it a 1 is because there were a couple of good stories.
The point of the book is that it is not necessary to get an expensive MBA to be successful in business. I was recommended this book as an introduction to basic business fundamentals. It is as advertised. The book divides into roughly two sections. In section one, Kaufman reviews what he calls the 5 fundamental pieces of business. He doesn't spend very much time on any one subject. His goal is to sketch out the most important material and then refer you to a couple other sources if you would like to read more on that subject.
The second half of the book is really focused on the personal aspects of practicing business: Working with Yourself (ch. ), Working with Others (ch. ) etc.
I appreciated the structure of the book. Some of the topics in the first section I was very familiar with and liked not having to wade through a ton of material I already knew. Other sections were new to me and actually ordered a couple of the books he recommended to learn more. I found the second half of the book the most interesting. Here he dives into more of the physiological, social and psychological elements that go into being successful in business. I found it very interesting to see how it all tied together. I enjoyed the book.
Broad spectrum of information
I felt that this book had so much useful information that I immediately went out to buy the printed book.
Personal MBA was enjoyable because Josh Kaufman broke the chapters up into short chapters that were concise and to the point.
The most memorable moments of the book was when I realized that there were so many basics that I wasn't aware of.
He cut right through the minutia.
No it doesn't encourage listening to all of it in one sitting.
This is a great book to start with if you want to learn about business in general or if you want to learn how to research deeper into a specific concentration.
Absolutely recommend it. It provides the direct to the point FAQ's of all the things you wanted to know or needed to know but didn't have time to ask. Question, Answer and reasonable example. A cheat sheet for success.
There really isn't a character in this format.
Again, no scene in this.
It's a book of tag lines.
These questions don't apply to this book.
I am in the unique situation to actually attend a lot of very prominent business school (Haas @ Berkely) classes.
Let me simply say, this book goes no where near the quality or depth of information provided in the classes I sit in on.
It is a good primer on business, but just that. It doesn't speak on deep MBA topics.
Author is a bit wordy in some chapters but delivers a lot of information for the money for those of us without a Business Degree.
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