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A business classic. Youre pretty much guaranteed to get your moneys worth - if not much, much more Jason Hesse, Real Business This revised and expanded. I've heard from many readers that they've downloadd the The Personal MBA in every format - print, ebook, and audio. Each version has its own particular. Master the fundamentals, hone your business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition. The consensus is clear: MBA programs are a waste of time and money.
MBA programs are a waste of time and money. Even the elite schools offer outdated assembly-line educations about profit-and-loss statements and PowerPoint presentations.
After two years poring over sanitized case studies, students are shuffled off into middle management to find out how business really works. Josh Kaufman has made a business out of distilling the core principles of business and delivering them quickly and concisely to people at all stages of their careers. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. In The Personal MBA , he shares the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more.
It mostly felt like I was reading a summary of the most popular business and psychology books of the last decade: If you have read many of these kinds of books, or even if you spend a lot of time on Hacker News, this book will offer little new insight.
If you are to read one, and only one, business book in your life, read this one. It contains good general advice. But if you read a lot, and are looking for in-depth insight into any specific part of business, this is not the book for you. May 20, Leonard Houx rated it did not like it. Cheesy and shallow. To be fair, I was attracted to the prospect of a page book that summarizes the most important ideas in business. But this was too thin and too soft. Worse — and despite the shallow familiarity — it read like something the author was pushing to finish as quickly as possible, which I gather he was.
A case in point are the quotes with which he begins each passage: Of all of it, the most useful bit is the book recommendations.
I reckon you can get those from his website — or lots of other places for that matter. I bought this book mainly for the finance section, so the rest was somewhat boring to me. Too much "self help" for my taste. Even the section I was interested in was sort of elementary. This book is marketed towards those who want to skip business school. However, I plan to get my MBA and still found parts of the book helpful for a general idea of things to know. Will graduate with my MBA from Texas Tech in December and this book just doesn't have enough substance for anyone to really I bought this book mainly for the finance section, so the rest was somewhat boring to me.
Will graduate with my MBA from Texas Tech in December and this book just doesn't have enough substance for anyone to really think they could read it and know everything a business school could teach them. Not to mention, your credentials matter in the real world. Oct 08, Jonathan Fouch rated it it was amazing. If you're like me and never took a business class in college - but want to learn more about business - this should be the first book you read in the genre.
It's a great introduction to all the critical fields of business: The subchapters, which are centered around specific concepts, are bite sized and can be consumed in a relatively short amount of time - perfect for the busy, working adult. The w If you're like me and never took a business class in college - but want to learn more about business - this should be the first book you read in the genre. The writing style is very accessible: The book also critiques contemporary MBA programs.
Kaufman argues that while MBA programs do provide much value, the price of admission has become too high to make the degree a good investment. Although this isn't true of other professions, the business world often rewards results rather than credentials. Therefore, many nascent businessmen and women may be better off forgoing the k loan and educating themselves. Jun 10, Mahbub Zaman rated it did not like it.
I am in Chapter 11 out of total 14 chapters. So I think it's fair to predict my review for this book won't change a whole lot from what it is now. The author claims this book summarizes the knowledge gained from a typical MBA degree. If this is true, MBA is the most worthless degree I have known to date.
But I am doubtful an actual MBA will be so much useless.
In the end, I feel the rate of return time spent vs knowledge gained for this book is very low. Not that I disagree with the content, but I am in Chapter 11 out of total 14 chapters. Not that I disagree with the content, but it added very little to my understanding.
Honestly, I will be very hard pressed to list just 3 things I have actually learned by reading this book. The author made his effort to include most of the essential fields of business into a page book, which may be long and heavy to capture all.
But he managed to keep the business terms as understandable as possible. However, I appreciate his huge knowledge and his advocacy for lifelong learning, a good The author made his effort to include most of the essential fields of business into a page book, which may be long and heavy to capture all.
However, I appreciate his huge knowledge and his advocacy for lifelong learning, a good model for self-study entrepreneurs. Simple, condense and practical, the book is packed with very useful tips. All in all, this book is worth reading. Apr 23, Ryan rated it liked it. There are a lot of great things in this book. Thousands of great ideas and things to think about, but unfortunately none of them are given the space to actually be discussed.
This book feels more like a glossary of business terms and productivity advice, rather than a thorough business education.
Although I enjoyed the writer's voice, I thought the format style of hundreds of very short "posts" was distracting and didn't allow for enough substance. Aug 23, Ntombezinhle Nzama rated it really liked it. This book has a lot of information, but I like how its divided into smaller sections.
I have the audiobook and I feel I need to get the physical copy so I'm always able to refer. This is one of those books that enable you not only to understand how businesses work but also how people work and how you can be more productive.
Surprisingly useful tidbits about entrepreneurship, management, leadership, etc. Nothing earth-shattering but the author does a good job with all his little summaries. Silly title. Nov 29, Carolina Esteves de Andrade rated it it was amazing Shelves: This week I Just finished reading this great book called The Personal MBA written by Josh Kaufman, where the author explores the pros and cons of investing in an MBA course since even elite schools like Wharton and Harvard offer outdated programs that teach more about Power Point Presentations and unnecessary financial models than about what it takes to run a real business.
The first part of the book is all dedicated to this discussion. I thought it was very interesting and an eye opener, since This week I Just finished reading this great book called The Personal MBA written by Josh Kaufman, where the author explores the pros and cons of investing in an MBA course since even elite schools like Wharton and Harvard offer outdated programs that teach more about Power Point Presentations and unnecessary financial models than about what it takes to run a real business.
I thought it was very interesting and an eye opener, since I was thinking in enrolling in an MBA program when I finish my course. The book has 11 sections or chapters if you like: Each section has 18 to 32 subsections.
I really enjoyed reading this book, the author concentrates in explaining in a concise way what is really important, sharing his knowledge with the reader.
It contains the fundamentals, and this knowledge is essential whether you are in sales, marketing or you are starting your own business. I learned so much in a week, my book is all highlighted on the parts I thought it was most important.
Another great feature is the appendixes: Appendix A: How to Continue your Business Studies, where the author recommends great books for you to continue improving your knowledge.
The books recommended are divided by subject which make it easier when you are looking for your next read. Appendix B: These questions are great to help you figure it out what you want and what you need to improve in your life both personal and professionally. Sep 04, Alex Timberman rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is quite ambitious. The author says if you want to save money on that expensive MBA education and if you are not going for the connections to get you your dream office job, that he will tell you everything you need to know about an MBA in his book.
I think he achieved a lot of what he set out to do. I learned a whole lot, reviewed a whole lot, and gleamed some insight on what I would like to learn next. I highly recommend it for those interested. Mar 08, Desiree rated it it was ok Shelves: I won this book in a giveaway.
I thought it was going to be a book on MBAs and what they can teach you. It was yet another book on being a "Business Thinker". I've worked in retail for almost 20years and nothing in this book is a substitute for common sense and treating your employees with respect. CEOs, Business Leaders, Managers and College Graduates need a course in listening to ideas regardless of where they come from and admitting mistakes.
Having a successful business depends more on those I won this book in a giveaway. Having a successful business depends more on those beneith you than above you. Master the Art of "communication" and when you think that your better than those around you, walk away. Mar 24, Johan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was skeptical at first that it'll be a generic pop-management book but I decided to read it anyway and was very pleased. The book covers a wide range of subjects that comprise MBA curriculum at a very high level in simple plain-English and provided ample further readings if there's any specific section that interest the reader.
My favorite nugget was that the most effective testimonials to encourage sales is in the format of "I was interested in this offer, but skeptical.
Each version has its own particular strengths: Audio is ideal for completing the entire book - think of it as a low-cost business course that you can take over and over again.
Print is ideal for browsing and as a long-term desk reference. Ebook is ideal for searching inside the book and reviewing concepts on the go. It's very common for my readers to listen to The Personal MBA during their morning and evening commute, or at home while doing housework or chores.
Listening to books is an easy and inexpensive way to optimize your time and increase your overall productivity. If you're going for a run, mowing the lawn, doing dishes, or folding laundry, there's no reason you shouldn't occupy your mind and learn something useful by listening to an audiobook.
I've been an Audible member for over a decade, and it's one of the best services I use on a daily basis. A large percentage of books on the Personal MBA recommended reading list are available on Audible, so listening to them in audiobook format is a great way to make consistent progress.
In addition, fiction audiobooks are a wonderful, cost-efficient form of entertainment.