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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Nevin 01-31-13
    Nevin 01-31-13
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    "Worth a few listens"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to friends. It is well designed for listening. Kaufman deliberately keeps his lessons to roughly ten minute blocks. He is practicing what he preaches because as he explains in the part about communication there are limits on the human brain's ability to pay attention. He uses all of the "tricks" he teaches to make information easier to grasp in this format. The variety of subjects he covers is very well thought out. This book is part business, part self-help. It is all about making the listener a more effective business leader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book that you can listen to for short periods of time or for a long drive. My commutes an hour, but I'd even play it on my way to lunch. I'm going to listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fernando Caracas, Venezuela 01-31-13
    Fernando Caracas, Venezuela 01-31-13
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    "Simple, clean and relevant. Totally useful book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. It resumes the most importants aspects in life and business success. It helps you to understand how businesses work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye Plano, TX, United States 01-28-13
    Jaye Plano, TX, United States 01-28-13
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    "Good Practical Breakdown"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has practical knowledge on business that condenses most of what you need to know about business into one book. Well worth the time and I look forward to listening again.


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    Kate 01-22-13
    Kate 01-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring, annoying narration"

    The author spent the first several hours trying to sell me on why I should buy this book (I already had), why I should not do an MBA program (I have no intention of doing one), and what he was going to tell me in the pages ahead (get to it!). I wanted to find out relevant information to starting a new business, but I felt that the topics were covered in a very cursory way. It's probably too much information for just one book. I also felt that the pronunciation/narration was annoying and couldn't make it through the whole book.

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    DK Planet Earth 01-22-13
    DK Planet Earth 01-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Business and Self Improvement are my niche. I don't have a lot of free time, so I love the audio format. I listen to improve myself and the world.

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    "Great for MBA Students"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    I appreciated that Mr. Kauffman broke business down into many different segments. It keeps the listeners attention.


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

    Winning by Jack Welch is another favorite. The Personal MBA has more of an academic approach than Winning. Winning provide a lot more stories and is a slower read. The Personal MBA will benefit a lot more people (it's not just for CEO's).


    Which character – as performed by Josh Kaufman – was your favorite?

    Josh


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to it whenever I have free time.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-20-13
    Vivian AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-20-13
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    "Perhaps more useful in print format"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a practical, commonsense business book. I have yet to complete it, but I find useful tidbits here and there. Much of the information is an aggregation of information I've read elsewhere but it's nice to have it in a single place. The downside of this book is that to make use of much of the information I'd need to refer back to it and in audio format, that's just not practical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin APO, AP, United States 01-20-13
    Benjamin APO, AP, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Skip it - start with his list of books"
    What did you like best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business? What did you like least?

    Liked Best: This book provides a good overview of many of the top ideas the author attained from the many books he previously read. If you have read a good portion of the books on his suggested reading list, then you will recognize where these ideas came from.

    Liked Least: His hour long rant against MBA programs is both irritating and uninformed. For those who understand the merits of a top-tier MBA, it is easy to pick apart his argument.


    Was The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business worth the listening time?

    It was worth listening to only because it was a good refresher on the concepts I have read in many other books. I would say that this is a good starter book for someone just entering the business field.


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing incredibly insightful about this book. If you are somewhat familiar with business concepts and are well read in the management and leadership domains, then skip this book. It's not bad, but I would go with many of the books that he suggests on his "personal MBA" website over this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-19-13
    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not only about business."
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed that he covered other topics directly related to business, but maybe not covered by other business books I've read. He covers goal setting, basic communication as well as running a business. I've needed a refresher to motivate me and this was it!

    Well worth the time spent and I'll be listening to this over and over again.


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    Very well read.


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    Chia Shrewsbury, MA, United States 01-18-13
    Chia Shrewsbury, MA, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "annoyed by the narrator"
    What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    as much as I want to know and listen to the content of this book, i can't stand the narrator. so I stopped. even tried to stops few days and go back... doesn't work. very annoying note: I rarely write review, especially the negative once, but this one is REALLY bad. waste 1 credit


    Would you be willing to try another one of Josh Kaufman’s performances?

    Nop


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason D. Pruitt 01-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst business book of all time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is no insight or "A-ha!" moments in this book - all very basic, full of fluff. For instance, "If a business needs capital, they should seek investors. Also, consider spending less." Really, really bad.


    Has The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes - and they owe The Four Hour Workweek royalties.


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

    N/A


    What character would you cut from The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid at all costs.

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