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The 80 Minute MBA: Everything You'll Never Learn at Business School [Kindle Edition]

Richard Reeves , John Knell
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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THE 80 MINUTE MBA is your short-cut to business brilliance. A traditional MBA is for either the time-rich, very wealthy or lucky few with a generous corporate sponsor. So what happens if you want to get a hit of high-quality business inspiration without spending two years back at school? THE 80 MINUTE MBA is the gateway to fresh thinking, in less time than it takes a standard meeting to get past coffee and biscuits. Managers need the encouragement to think differently, not in the same straight lines. THE 80 MINUTE MBA is an injection of inspiration, creative thinking and dynamic approaches which will help you see the world of business differently.

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For those who have not got the time, money or inclination to start an MBA course -- or just want to bluff their way through a business meeting -- this book condenses the essentials. The information is serious; the authors' style is reader-friendly. (The Times)

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THE 80 MINUTE MBA will wake up your mind with fresh ideas and save you a bundle on getting ahead in business

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2440 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but it could have been better 27 Nov. 2009
A tricky book to review really. Some sections were very interesting, referenced good source material and stuck to the point. Other sections were below par and that's why I have reduced my score to 3/5. Leadership was a particularly frustrating read, with the authors wanting to spend time rubbishing leadership books and telling me what leadership wasn't. For a "do this in 80 minutes" book, I would have expected there to be less waffle and more practical, to-point advice.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad chapters, but all are readable 29 April 2009
By Nitram
First, this is a very readable book without any waffle or padding - I read it through on the first evening I received it. But chapters are variable in their usefulness. The chapter on sustainability spends far too long setting out the issues and not enough on the way forward with practical solutions. The chapter on finance/accountancy is so simplistic, wasting much space on simply reinforcing the debit/credit structure of a balance sheet, as to be of no great use. The chapters on leadership, teamwork and marketing are, however, extremly thought provoking - with a neat section at the end with references in that allows you to follow up your interest in any chapter. There are also some typos and one completely wrong graph axis.

Overall, for a cheap, short paperback it's OK - but tightening up the focus of a couple of chapters could make it very good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars misleading title, but quite readable 25 April 2009
I picked this book up in Hong Kong airport as I had been advised by a senior colleague to read something like '7 day MBA'. Well when I saw an 80 minute version, I thought even better.... I am afraid, by the time I landed in Bangkok a few hours later, I was sorely disappointed and felt cheated by the title and synopsis on the back cover. I have not got an MBA and this is the first book I read on the subject, but this is not what I was expecting. My suspicion is that the author's intention is to write an 80 minute essay to try to influence (from a left of center perspective) people who go on to do MBAs. Giving the authors the benefit of the doubt,that they genuinely want to approach this subject from an alternative perspective and not just pontificate to young businessmen,I still felt disappointed by the content.

The first chapter was about sustainability... basically an essay on the impact of global warming. Who is not familiar with the arguments about Global warming? Why restate them in such a shoddy fashion here? I would have accepted a short introduction and then a discussion of implementing sustainable ideas and some interesting practical ideas for achieving this... instead it wastes time regurgitating well known arguments that this is taking place and that the impact will be catastrophic. It referenced Thomas Friedman's "hot, flat and crowded", but lacks any of the original thinking on the subject conveyed in that book.... the data in this chapter was laughable... it references a graph that spans 2000 years, but the dates on the axis are 1850- 2000... given that it is the only graph in the chapter, I found this an appalling error/ waste of space.

at least the following chapters deal with topics that I had expected to encounter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but bit misleading 3 Jan. 2011
From the title, you might expect the content to does what it says on the cover, but I'm not sure it does in the way you might expect to. It is certainly a quick and fascinating read, but the different chapters feel unbalanced - I agree with a previous reviewer who said the Sustainability chapter was too longwinded and drawn out. The Cash chapter comes across a bit odd as it just seems to narrow in on one basic aspect. I guess, as the subtitle suggests, this is what you'll 'never learn at business school' and does give you some food for thought at times, but I think with a bit more structure and balance, it would be a less frustrating read, but can see why it works (probably more effective too) as a talk.
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