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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Artcrafter 11-07-12
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GARY 11-05-12
    GARY 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberto DF, Mexico 11-05-12
    Roberto DF, Mexico 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-24-12
    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Coy Selden, NY USA 11-22-12
    Kenneth Coy Selden, NY USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Useful overview though not in depth."
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it is in the top 1/2. I confess that I usually do not manage to listen to an entire book, and this one I did so that alone is quite significant. I am glad that the author did choose to narrate the book, I find professional narrators more often are disconnected, so five stars if there was a category for the narration. It is actually quite interesting that I was about to give up 5 minutes in because I found the "transition sound" to be annoying. In fact I was so annoyed I was going to "return" the audiobook. Well anyway I kept listening and slowly got used to the transitional sound, kinda like the grief process; first there is anger, then acceptance, or whatever the order is I am not a psychologist. Bottom line is that I wouldn't WANT the transitional sounds in every audiobook, but I suppose they have their place and here there. Now there is one major part of the book that really deflated the whole experience for me. Let me preface it by saying that there a legal doctrine stated in Latin "falsum in uno, falsum in omnibus" roughly speaking it means "false in one thing false in everything." So how does this relate to the book? Well, the author is explaining that you have to make decisions based upon incomplete information (roughly 40%-60%) as a rule of thumb, explaining that by the time anyone has complete, 100% information it's too late effective decisions. Makes sense. I am buying into this hook, line and sinker, and then the author cites Colin Powell as an example of this rule in use. Now as impressed as I am with Colin Powell, he is the POSTER CHILD for the dangers of basing a decision upon incomplete information. I don't care what your political affiliations are - there were no weapons of mass destruction, and this wrong conclusion was based on obviously incomplete information that turned out to be wrong. A war was started, at least presumably, upon this incomplete information. Anyway, the point is I am only taking a position on the poor choice as an example the author uses to bolster a maxim he posits. Back to the Latin lesson above - I really found myself questioning the soundness of everything else after I heard the foregoing example in the book, and found I had lost a degree of confidence in the author. That of course doesn't mean that the advice of basing decision on incomplete information or the rest of the advice proffered is wrong, but couldn't he find an example of where it actually worked?


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

    Economics/business genre.


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

    No.


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

    The poor mans MBA.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Hanson Downing, WI, US 03-29-13
    Amy Hanson Downing, WI, US 03-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this book!"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book I have ever listened to...It is packed with so much information that I have listened to it 4 times. It is a very energizing listen for my ride into work.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Northmead, Australia 02-23-14
    Adam Northmead, Australia 02-23-14
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    "Read this before you buy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who knows absolute nothing about anything.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

    no never again


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Kaufman?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No it did not


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so boring and its all about the most simple concepts. Like "business needs profit to survive". He talks about this concept for about 5 mins, who does not know that?
    Do not buy

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lester 11-15-13
    Lester 11-15-13
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    "Over simplified and derivative"
    Would you try another book from Josh Kaufman and/or Josh Kaufman?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Kaufman?

    Mike Chamberlain


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this after someone recommended it to me and was rather disappointed. The book glosses over most of the topics without going in to much detail. It is also extremely derivative - more of a collection of quotes from other books than a new creation by itself.

    Half way through it turns from business to self help and pseudo social psychology, with the author mainly handles by quoting extracts from the works of others.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    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.

    9 of 11 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
  • Andrew Ebling
    1/15/15
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    "Very useful and full of great advice"

    Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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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