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Instant MBA: Think, perform and earn like a top business-school graduate (52 Brilliant Ideas) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Nicholas Bate
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31 Aug 2008 1905940831 978-1905940837
The benefits of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree can be massive: fast-track career advancement, a big fat wage packet, the whole high-flying top-notch executive lifestyle. But studying for an MBA isn't something to decide to do lightly - it's a big investment to take a year or more out of your career path or commit endless week-ends to a part-time version, and for many the cost of either of these options is prohibitive. "Instant MBA" is the must-have guide to making the most of yourself and your career prospects, whether you're studying for an MBA or just out to improve your prospects while you work.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (31 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905940831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905940837
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not only does it contain good ideas, it sparks them... I thoroughly enjoyed Instant MBA . It contains what you need to know after you've forgotten the theories. Check it out.

About the Author

Nicholas Bate runs Strategic Edge Ltd, a consultancy that has a simple vision: to "enable individuals to realise and release their potential." He works extensively with individuals and teams in organisations as similar and different as Microsoft, Marks & Spencer, Philips Electronics, Hudson Global, Intel - as well as many non-corporate organisations, even primary schools. Nicholas is the author of Unplugged, Beat the 2008 recession and Have it your way.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to learn some of the techniques used by the top MBA thinkers. Nicholas Bate has put together 52 bite size chapters that point you in the right direction if you are trying to develop yourself but can't afford the investment or the time for a full blown MBA.

Each chapter is independant, so you don't need to do what I did, and read the whole thing from start to finish - you can dip into a subject that you feel you need to learn more about like 'the value chain' or 'how to create a personal development plan'.

The book is also peppered with great advice from thought leaders like Gary Hamel and Daniel Goleman - along with information on what Bates calls the 'New World of Work drivers' which provide excellent insight into a changing business environment.

Nicholas Bates has an engaging and thoughful writing style (also at his Blog) which is straightforward and easy to digest.

Highly recommended business read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Whether you've ever thought of doing an MBA or not, this is a crucial business book to develop your thinking and career.

Nicholas Bate's energetic writing style keeps you engaged and enthused through the 52 chapters - which I found could be read independently with just as much value. The book is a condensed (but not superficial) analysis of the key concepts covered in an MBA and how you can use this information to develop yourself, your career and your business. Packed full of 'go dos' (that you'll actually want to go do!) and exercises to make you think this is a manual you'll come back to as a great reference point and way to shake your thinking up when revisiting.

A worthwhile investment of your time if you don't have the money/time/desire to do an MBA and a great read to gain insight into all areas of business, I've already recommended this several times over. It's a great compliment to Bate's other books and just as engaging and powerful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 15 Dec 2010
By Svet
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A real bestseller! Top tips given in a simple interesting way.. what you can need more to enjoy the book! Recommend to those who is thinking of doing MBA.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really had an effect on me 26 Feb 2011
I have read many business books and I had expected this one would be similar to previous books in that it would have lots of good ideas that I would find interesting but which I would not be able to implement because I don't run my own business and I don't have responsibility for strategy or marketing in the software consultancy firm where I work.

However, this was different. Among the many good ideas was one which really resonated with me: to think "as if" I actually did have responsibility for strategy, marketing, etc.

I took up this idea with enthusiasm and wrote a strategy paper on how to present our firm differently to customers to really demonstrate the *value* we bring so that customers don't just focus on the day rate that we charge.

I sent this paper out to all the firm's directors 3 days ago. All the responses I have received have been really positive and we are now discussing tasks and timescales for implementing this strategy.

Whatever happens, I know that I will be viewed differently from now on.

The ideas that I put into the strategy paper have been gestating within me for some time, but I really think that I would not have done anything about them if I had not been inspired - yes, inspired - into action by this book.

And that I guess is the largest single difference between Instant MBA and other business books I have read: only Instant MBA exhorted me to do something NOW, regardless of my actual responsibilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I love reading books about management and this was was full of common sense. It had plenty of activities to do yourself or with your team. Like with any book aimed at teaching skills it is only useful if you act on what you read. It is an excellent taster to see if studying for an MBA is for you if you need the piece of paper to say you have studied. If, on the other hand you are more interest in acquiring skills this gives you plenty to get your teeth into and refers to real businesses to get the point across. Use it whilst you are studying your MBA to make things clearer. It really does get you thinking critically and questioning your approaches, your teams approaches and the approaches of different businesses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Brilliant Application (MBA) 27 Dec 2011
By Katie
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Think MBA as "Mastery of Brilliant Application" and that's what this book will help you achieve. It's packed with positively practical, really relevant and easy to read ideas to help you be better yourself and do business better. It's no nonsense approach encourages ongoing self-development and can be picked up and read in chunks, again and again.
Highly inspirational and much better value than a real MBA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging book for the small business 11 Mar 2013
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This book is a great read, very thought stimulating. I was not expecting it to be very relevant to our small family business but it really was. A fresh look at how we price our products, thinking through our unique selling points, are some of our customers actually liabilities? it turned out they were!
This book will be a real help in increasing our profitability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Book 21 Dec 2013
This is a really useful book for anyone considering an MBA. It contains lots of practical advice and introduced me to a few new business concepts and commentators.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special....simplistic & a waste of money
A clearly written book, but to say that it's an 'instant MBA ' is just ludicrous.

It does approach what areas an MBA course would probably cover, but an MBA course... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Eccentric
2.0 out of 5 stars The word "Instant" doth not an MBA make... it lacks focus
I think that Bates has the personal goal of delivering material for himself to make money rather than helping people to get an “Instant MBA”. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ed Jie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
There is nothing to dislike about this book it has truly made me a better version of myself career wise.
Published 10 months ago by Zack
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
Extremely informative and packed with details. Would recommend this to anyone who wishes to understand more about business and learn how to be successful as in anything.
Published 12 months ago by Shellsnail
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read, good for getting tips on business and awareness in that field. No substitute to an actual education in the area, but good book
Published 13 months ago by E Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny may change your life
Met guy in person. Did his 2 day excellence course kindly funded by some one else. If strapped for cash this book may change your life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mary oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars MBA - tastic
I liked the idea of an MBA snapshot and have read a few of these "instant MBA" tomes. This one is a very easy read that does drop into too much detail.... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. H. Phoenix-stones
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucked in by an Instant MBA ...
Three hours ago I decided I'd write a review of Nicholas Bates book Instant MBA. I had already read and being inspired by some of it and thought I'd have a quick flick through the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sean M Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars So fat not read
Crazy stuff perhaps, but I haven't read it so don't get too excited although, by the looks of things , it is some good a serious stuff, if so many copies got sold
Published 17 months ago by Zeebo
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
Easy to read cover to cover and great for dipping in as a reminder and reference. It's a modern business handbook, summarizing a huge range of work in a practical, accessible way. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Quirk
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