We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (2322 )
5 star
 (1039)
4 star
 (722)
3 star
 (331)
2 star
 (148)
1 star
 (82)
Overall
4.0 (1946 )
5 star
 (846)
4 star
 (594)
3 star
 (312)
2 star
 (119)
1 star
 (75)
Story
4.1 (1956 )
5 star
 (871)
4 star
 (612)
3 star
 (294)
2 star
 (112)
1 star
 (67)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Joseph Porter Nashville, TN United States 04-21-14
    Joseph Porter Nashville, TN United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I really liked it."
    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    wes watson 03-21-14
    wes watson 03-21-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not too bad"
    Any additional comments?

    I hardly believe that this book considered the key point of a MBA educatuon so its a little misleading, but he does present some good business information and key points worth hearing. The first chapter was not necessary if I listen again I will just skip it. The first chapter is about an hr of listening to why a MBA isn't necessary and doesn't make financial sense for most ppl unless you plan on working for a investment bank or prestigious institution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    efren franco Tlalnepantla, Estado de mexico Mexico 03-02-14
    efren franco Tlalnepantla, Estado de mexico Mexico 03-02-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a basic book for everyone in business"
    What did you love best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    the way the information is arranged. I studied a MBA some years ago and this book was very broadening of my knowledge in more than one concept yet more over helped me clarify and to re-define some of my visions and paradigms . very good book.


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

    in chemical engineering there is the Perry's Handbook providing "building blocks" , data and key information. for me this is an equivalent book since provides the components of a business very clear, practical and easy to learn.


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

    no it is my first experience and liked gis pitch, tone and speed.


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

    a sure map to build a business


    Any additional comments?

    author really contributes to learning in its approach. maybe for future editions to update some of the examples would be really useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roger Swanson Summerville, SC 02-01-14
    Roger Swanson Summerville, SC 02-01-14 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great resource found myself going back to audio"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the section on sales and marketing very helpful. I use this now as a resource and have reviewed several times as I modify my marketing & sales techniques.


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

    like eMyth by Michael Gerber


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    marketing chapter was great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James 01-22-14
    James 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    43
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good overview"

    I found this book to be enjoyable and cover a large gamut of relevant information. I especially liked the middle chapters which discussed human psychology which is useful for trying to sell.

    The benefit of having a condensed reference guide such as this is that you only get to scratch the surface in-terms of content. Also, I reject the notion that this summarizes an MBA program. No single book can capture two years of case-study, problem solving, networking and business simulations - not even close.

    I took a few key ideas / phrases with me that I will apply on some clients - that's about it - but I still consider it a good overview of many key business / selling concepts. Also - the author references many sources of information that the reader can seek additional background information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brady Henderson, NV, United States 01-03-14
    Brady Henderson, NV, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Any Entrepreneur MUST Read!"
    Would you listen to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business again? Why?

    Discusses far beyond what any MBA book or degree will offer that is applicable to the real world. This book contains the core information of business books by the dozens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D 12-12-13
    D 12-12-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good information but somewhat tedious delivery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't what I anticipated. While the information is useful, its delivery is somewhat tedious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 11-26-13
    Scott 11-26-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wish I would have chosen a different book"
    What would have made The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business better?

    Most every principal taught in the books is covered in econ 101 or psychology 101. This is a master of nothing. I should have known better, but this book is the equivalent to the get rich quick in education.


    What didn’t you like about Josh Kaufman’s performance?

    The monotone voice made it good listening when going to sleep


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only reason I didn't give it a 1 is because there were a couple of good stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott Sjoblom Bartow, FL 11-19-13
    Scott Sjoblom Bartow, FL 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Soild Introduction to Basic Business Concepts"
    Any additional comments?


    The point of the book is that it is not necessary to get an expensive MBA to be successful in business. I was recommended this book as an introduction to basic business fundamentals. It is as advertised. The book divides into roughly two sections. In section one, Kaufman reviews what he calls the 5 fundamental pieces of business. He doesn't spend very much time on any one subject. His goal is to sketch out the most important material and then refer you to a couple other sources if you would like to read more on that subject.

    The second half of the book is really focused on the personal aspects of practicing business: Working with Yourself (ch. ), Working with Others (ch. ) etc.
    I appreciated the structure of the book. Some of the topics in the first section I was very familiar with and liked not having to wade through a ton of material I already knew. Other sections were new to me and actually ordered a couple of the books he recommended to learn more. I found the second half of the book the most interesting. Here he dives into more of the physiological, social and psychological elements that go into being successful in business. I found it very interesting to see how it all tied together. I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13
    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    227
    68
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lots of Good Information"
    What did you love best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    Broad spectrum of information


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

    I felt that this book had so much useful information that I immediately went out to buy the printed book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.