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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755318900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755318902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Richard Reeves is a writer, commentator and speaker. He is a former columnist and editor-at-large for Management Today, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer and Prospect magazine. In 2005, he was the presenter of the four-part BBC2 series, Making Slough Happy. Richard is the newly appointed director of influential think-tank Demos and was European Business Speaker of the Year 2007.

John Knell is one of the UK's leading thinkers on the changing face of work and organisations, and has consulted to a wide range of corporate and public sector clients. John's recent client work has focused on strategic reviews, thought leadership and high-level public policy work particularly in the cultural sphere. He was previously director of Research and Advocacy at The Work Foundation, where he played a key role in transforming the organisation into an authority on work issues.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Sealey on 27 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Nitram on 29 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By John Keane on 25 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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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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