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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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 am in the unique situation to actually attend a lot of very prominent business school (Haas @ Berkely) classes.
Let me simply say, this book goes no where near the quality or depth of information provided in the classes I sit in on.
It is a good primer on business, but just that. It doesn't speak on deep MBA topics.
Author is a bit wordy in some chapters but delivers a lot of information for the money for those of us without a Business Degree.
I loved how he explained the worth of an MBA in these days and it can be made for by reading and learning as you go. I believe in hard work and I believe that the core focus of this book was not to rely on a piece of paper you will pay a lot of money for to bring you happiness.
Josh actually has one of the better narrative voices but his over pronunciation of words absolutely drives you crazy in the first few hours. Someone may have had a word to him later in the book because it does ease off but I was very close to not finishing it due to that one small thing.
Don't over pronounce words, no need for it.
Actual material was good and well researched.
Yes! Every three months is the plan.
I have not. I hope to in the future.
Yes! But I couldn't.
Great for people like me the self learner.
No - this book reads like a textbook. It is difficult to listen to because there are lists of principles and concepts. The information seems well-researched and the author delivered on my expectations for content. There is just very little story line.
Unlikely. I would certainly like to own some of his books in a physical form, but listening to them is very much like hearing someone read a Psychology 101 textbook - interesting, but hard to stay engaged with.
No, the information was too dense to digest in one sitting.
Solid information that I want to have, just more useful if delivered in a media other than audio.
This book summarizes principles of business in a condensed but effective form. It covers key principles and things you can relate to practically and not theoretically. Especially recommended to those planning on starting their own business.
Just skip the intro or breeze through it. I had thought of returning the book half way in the intro but once the first chapter starts it is quite good.
I did not care much for the presentation
not really, but this author has not helped the market.
It was all personal anecdotes
The mechanics and concepts presented are workable.
This book could have covered the same material in half the time.
First of all, you could tell that a lot of content had been translated out of tables. The delivery was painfully repetitive and would have been nearly intolerable in almost any format. Even if certain points would have been informative in print, they came off as obvious and patronizing in audiobook.But what made it really terrible was the "blonk" noise that they play at the start of every section. Ever get so many emails in a short time that you mute your phone so as not to throw it against a wall? That very same noise is used to punctuate the book every minute or two, driving me into a murderous rage within minutes. I finally had some mercy on myself and shut it off after about an hour.
The terrible "blonk" noise at the start of every section!
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.
"Definitely worth a read"
Was skeptical about this book because of other reviews. But I found it very helpful. It gives a clear introduction to a variety of areas and provides recommendations for further reading
"Waste of time"
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.
"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.
"Simple, Smart and Forward Thinking"
Insightful and enjoyable read. A simple, smart, forward thinking business book. A must read for everyone.
"Good all round book"
I got used to Josh Kauffmans slightly tinny recording after a while & didn't mind it. The book certainly covers the basics of business and introduces you to some good terms/ lingo. I'd recommend to anyone just starting out in business or interested to find out a bit about running one. Not so much for those who've been in business for a while- although there are some little bits of inspiration in there that might get your creative juices flowing!
"Very useful and full of great advice"
Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.
"A real resource worth listening to"
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.
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.
It reaffirmed what I'd suspected - and potentially saved me a £££s of money in fees.
One of the few business books worth reading, given that it provides practical and common sense advice, but in a crystalised / useful form.
"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.
"Simple still very resourceful!"
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.
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