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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Joe SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Joe SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Business primer, no where near MBA"
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 10-10-13
    William 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the money"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Crediton, ON, Canada 10-06-13
    Brandon Crediton, ON, Canada 10-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Breaks conventional thinking"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Canberra, Australia 09-14-13
    Pete Canberra, Australia 09-14-13
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    "Very Annoying"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't over pronounce words, no need for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Actual material was good and well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. SMYRNA, GEORGIA, United States 09-09-13
    Dr. SMYRNA, GEORGIA, United States 09-09-13
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    "Great Book!! Really informative!"

    This is a really great book that you will definitely be able to apply right away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RLA3 09-08-13
    RLA3 09-08-13
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    "This has been a Great Help to me...."
    Would you listen to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business again? Why?

    Yes! Every three months is the plan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh


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

    I have not. I hope to in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But I couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for people like me the self learner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Powell, OH, United States 09-03-13
    Amazon Customer Powell, OH, United States 09-03-13
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    "Excellent Information,No Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the information was too dense to digest in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid information that I want to have, just more useful if delivered in a media other than audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hatim 08-29-13
    Hatim 08-29-13
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    "Great repository of knowledge"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne 08-25-13
    Wayne 08-25-13
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    "Exhausting"
    What did you like best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business? What did you like least?

    I did not care much for the presentation


    Has The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not really, but this author has not helped the market.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was all personal anecdotes


    What did you take away from The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business that you can apply to your work?

    The mechanics and concepts presented are workable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have covered the same material in half the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David B. Borenstein 07-21-13
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    "An adequate book with an infuriating delivery"
    What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The terrible "blonk" noise at the start of every section!


    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
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    "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

    1 of 1 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 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shilon
    7/31/15
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    "Simple, Smart and Forward Thinking"

    Insightful and enjoyable read. A simple, smart, forward thinking business book. A must read for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    6/5/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Ebling
    1/15/15
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    "Very useful and full of great advice"

    Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.

    0 of 0 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.

    2 of 3 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

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