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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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 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.
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.
Okay, so I'm only an hour into this book. . . But here's the issue. I've now listened to an HOUR of a guy state how evil business school is. He is presenting very redundant circular thinking. He made the point, made his feelings clear the first 5 minutes you don't need an MBA to do well in business. At this point I feel he must be either really bitter at colleges, or couldn't actually get into the one he want. Now take what I wrote and read it over and over for an hour. Yeah .. not fun, no information, useless.
Maybe he gets better, but an hour of whining is more than I can take. DELETE, next book.
One note, with my minor in business, everything I was taught was not remotely close to these generalizations he makes. Fear all those who try to sum up the many into one idea, one stereotype.. My college covered everything modern, it was not out dated, and it is useful. Listen to this yahoo, and you will think all these places teach you is 1920's studies, out of context, and whose sole purpose is to teach you how to be petty CEO that destroys lives.. Or just trendy pop psychology. I think he is talking about himself, not business school. Then again I didn't go to a posh school, or would even want to go to one. Harvard? YOUR MISSING YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE. If you took a marketing class at state you would have seen this :)
I really hope hour 2 is better, but I will have to be in a very bored mood to bear any more..
There is good information to be found in this book, but also a great deal of twaddle. The author begins with a "straw man" argument that today's MBA programs are geared to corporate middle managers and not to entrepreneurs, which is quite correct. That is the purpose of MBA programs. Then he touts this work as addressing the needs of the entrepreneur but provides a great summary of the information found in most MBA programs.
Skip the three chapters in the center of the book that focus on personal improvement. Eating right, exercise and meditation are all topics that belong in a different kind of book. Bully for Mr Kaufman that he has gone vegan, this has no relevance to the topic.
The distillation of business concepts are where this book shines, but they are often hidden within the author's endless promotion of his own website, his stories of his failed time at P&G, and his lifestyle guides. Mr Kaufman has clearly done a great deal of reading on the topic of business and has the ability to distill the information to be very useful, but he has trouble unifying this work.
I haven't read the print version, but I think in this case it would be better because some of the information and concepts he teaches really need to be written down or viewed to fully understand them.
The performance was terrible. I saw one review that said that the author sounded like a robot before I bought it, but I got in anyways. After awhile I just couldn't listen to it anymore. Even thinking about it makes my shoulders tense up and makes me feel irritated.
Not only is his performance completely robotic, lacking any emotion or inflection, but it is also extremely nasally. It's almost as if he's holding his nose while reading. At some point his voice changes to be slightly more human, but it seems to go back and forth in different chapters. I just cannot finish the book, which is unfortunate because there is a lot of good information.
No, not my intelligent ones.
The book rambles with multiple analogies and stories when one will do. For example, do I really need 5 reasons why sometimes more is not better? Most adults can handle 1 reason/story. Also chapters about diet and brain chemistry are not his expertise and a waste of my time. I fast forwarded through much of the second book. I expected more useful knowledge about business - too simplistic. Fine if you're 18-20 years old, but if you're halfway intelligent, you know most of this. Could have been condensed into 1-2 hours of useful information.
Disappointment. Good start with the work down of the problem with MBA programs which was helpful, although a bit long. When he started getting into the nuts and bolts of the different types of business structures and such he lost me. I was bored. It was like being in a real MBA program I guess. I think he is well researched and has good ideas, but not the best book overall.
Very beneficial and well researched with useful, thoughtful and high quality information not only on business topics but also on human issues
Thorough topics covered, lots of useful info, I will listen numerous times more
Ease of revision and lively reading that creates more interest, excellent read
Get a lot out of this
I intend to listen to this book regularly, it had so much great information in it.
I felt this book included parts of many other business and psychology books I have listened to recently. It presented them in a short but easy to understand manner.
Great book, this is my first review after having listened to dozens of audiobooks, this one has really stood out for me.
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