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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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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.
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!
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.
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.
I recommend it only for people without a bussines background. The book is pretty basic.
It's too basic. I bought it hoping not only for concepts but for bussines ideas and I good just a few of them.
Nothing, just concepts and some examples.
Not at all.
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.
The author transmits a great sense of motivation to the reader!
The age of information is here, take full advantage of it!
Waiting for his next 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
There is a bunch of new concepts that I have never herd before.
Yes, Business is always evolving and Josh has little to say about the new roles of IT and Marketing in his book.
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.
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?
The poor mans MBA.
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.
Someone who knows absolute nothing about anything.
no never again
The narrator was fine.
No it did not
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
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.
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