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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Ekaterina Moscow, Russia 12-06-12
    Ekaterina Moscow, Russia 12-06-12
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    "Good but not about the theme"

    It is the "light reading'. Good narated, sorted, but about 50% of material is not connected with MBA. It partly about self avareness, phychology, general knowlenge and so on.
    Some ideas explained very well and explicitely, some too simple to be explained. All material for 'complete starters'.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I very highly recommend this book as it explains basic business concepts in the first half of the book (which is what I was looking for) and gets into a whole bunch of funky and useful "positive psychology" concepts in the second half of the book (bonus!). All topics are explained concisely and engagingly, with Josh Kaufman doing an super job narrating his book. Look at the purchase price as an excellent investment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Cook NASHVILLE, TN, US 02-12-13
    Keith Cook NASHVILLE, TN, US 02-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Working With Yourself"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    Chapter 7, Working with Yourself, was worth the price of the book alone.
    I've listened to many of the chapters repeatedly and I've learned a lot.
    I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a crash course in business.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Olufemi Akintounde USA 10-29-12

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    "Great book, easy to follow"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No 1 so far


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

    The millionaire mba


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I kind of like it all


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel like I am being made ready and learning fast


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to the Author

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13
    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13
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    "Best Audiobook EVER heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Im a client of audible for more than a year and I listen at least 1 book a month, sometimes two. This one have listen two times. IT SAYS SO MUCH THINGS that I had lived that make me say: if i knew then what i heard now.

    If there where an spanish version I would like tu buy it, if not I will love to translate this my self, so I can recommend it to so much people I know that are making so much mistakes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Communication Overhead


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

    This is my first time


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    P. Leveraas Oslo, Norway 02-15-15
    P. Leveraas Oslo, Norway 02-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent, thorough piece of work!"

    An exceptional book that I will listen to again and also get the print version for later reference. The author has read and squeezed the essence of a remarkable number of books on our behalf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K F. 02-07-15
    K F. 02-07-15
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    "Great broad content."

    Josh did a great job at providing a very broad overview of many concepts and topics that are crucial to being successful in business and in life. Coupled with many references to sources I found this an extremely valuable audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harrison Crum 02-06-15
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    "GREAT Overview"

    This was a great book and I'm really impressed with the author. What an inspiration. He is only a few years older than me and has already learned so much. Two thumbs up for Josh Kaufman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Mullarkey Cincinnati, Ohio USA 02-04-15
    Sean Mullarkey Cincinnati, Ohio USA 02-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Practical"

    Good practical business advice, liked the portion on standard operating procedures and check lists. Will listen to it a second time and set several book marks the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-13
    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very basic intro to business"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Too much of the book is spent justifying the books existence, arguing against MBA programs, detailing trivia from the author's life, etc., and not enough on solid business analysis and advice. There is a long section of the book dedicated to personal improvement that is irrelevant to the main topic. Some good business advice and parables, and definitely not a total waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Production values are not as high as most other audio books, with cheesy chimes throughout and several parts where there appears to be audio errors resulting in the repeating of passages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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