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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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

    10 of 12 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

    Nashville, TN

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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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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 02-07-13
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Good Information Overload"

    I really got a lot of good practical stuff out of the first part of the book. That part of the book seemed relevant to daily business practice... then most of the rest of the book had good information, but it was about human behavior and behavioral science... this was good info, but not what I wanted the book for. It almost seems like he should have done a separate but related book to cover all that. All of the scientific experiments and results mentioned were interesting, but it was way too much information for what the book implies. However, too much is better than not enough in this case and I would use a credit & recommend to a friend just because of the practical value of the first few hours alone. Hope this helps someone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Olufemi Akintounde USA 10-29-12 Member Since 2010

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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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    Joseph Porter Nashville, TN United States 04-21-14
    Joseph Porter Nashville, TN United States 04-21-14
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    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a technical subject, it's very interesting. Josh Kaufman does a great job of boiling potentially dry topics into conceptually simple, independent, and interesting chunks of information. He does a great job of conveying how best to think about business and its processes.


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

    The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries - also a good exposition of business philosophy (but more specific and less comprehensive).


    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 the tag line be?

    I don't think that would be a good idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed it. It was long for an audio book, but interesting to the end. I'm trying to figure out when to squeeze in a second listen sometime in the future. It's worth reviewing.I didn't totally agree with the author's ending ideas. While it's true that we must exert our own efforts and reap the fruit of them in all of the facets of our lives, we also have help at times. As a Christian I believe that God puts people into my life to help them and be helped by them. I learn so much from those around me, though at the core I have to choose to be willing to listen and learn. Hopefully I didn't take his comments too far out of context.

    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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    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 03-25-13
    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Solid Book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    Ch. 1: Value Creation & Ch. 4: Value Delivery


    What about Josh Kaufman’s performance did you like?

    It's always nice to hear the author narrate the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was nice that the book journeyed into other disciplines, such as psychology, since it plays a big role in business. I agree; don't spend tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) on MBA debt. Just get some good books, a good notebook, and learn from experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Winthrop, ME, United States 11-08-12
    John Winthrop, ME, United States 11-08-12
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    "Disappointed"

    I purchased this book as a refresher to the MBA I recieved 5 years ago from a local college. I found the subject matter very superficial and generic. The author did not appear to have a strong background in business. Few real word examples other than his experience in marketing at Proctor and Gamble or non-business examples were used to make a point.

    The content in this book may be beneficial to a recent college graduate looking for a basic synopsis of general business principles or an entry level business major trying to improve oppurtunities in the workplace.

    4 of 6 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
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mother of a 5 yr old 07-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Must have reference book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to be better than the print version?

    Yes, only because is was narrated by Josh himself


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

    To Brian Tracey's simpilfy your life


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

    Josh


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

    Journey to success


    0 of 0 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.

    8 of 9 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
  • peter
    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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