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The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
 
 

The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume [Kindle Edition]

Josh Kaufman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Finally, here's a £10.99 MBA. Well on its way to becoming a business classic. You're pretty much guaranteed to get your money's worth - if not much, much more. (Jason Hesse Real Business)

A sterling effort ... a book to be referred to at crucial moments (Philip Delves Broughton Management Today)

Cherrypicks the cleverest advice from the most effective business books and condenses it into simple, memorable ideas and tools (Smarta.com)

File this book under: NO EXCUSES. (Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and Linchpin)

No matter what they tell you, an MBA is not essential. If you combine reading this book with actually trying stuff, you'll be far ahead in the business game. (Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired)

Few people know how to get things done better than Josh Kaufman. (David Allen, author of Getting Things Done)

Josh Kaufman has synthesized the most important topics in business into a book that truly lives up to its title. It's rare to find complicated concepts explained with such clarity. Highly recommended. (Ben Casnocha, author of My Start-Up Life)

Fundamentals are fundamentals. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an executive at a Fortune 50 company, this book will help you succeed. (John Mang, Vice President, Procter & Gamble)

These concepts really work: I'm booked solid with clients, making eight times more money, feeling far less overwhelmed, and having a lot more fun. If you want to live up to our potential, you can't afford to miss this book. (Tim Grahl, Founder and CEO, Out:Think Group)

A creative, breakthrough approach to business education. I have an MBA from a top business school, and this book helped me understand business in a whole new way. (Ali Safavi, Executive Director of International Sales & Distribution, The Walt Disney Company)

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Finally, here's a GBP9.99 MBA. Well on its way to becoming a business classic. You're pretty much guaranteed to get your money's worth - if not much, much more. -- Jason Hesse Real Business A sterling effort ... a book to be referred to at crucial moments -- Philip Delves Broughton Management Today Cherrypicks the cleverest advice from the most effective business books and condenses it into simple, memorable ideas and tools Smarta.com File this book under: NO EXCUSES. Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and Linchpin No matter what they tell you, an MBA is not essential. If you combine reading this book with actually trying stuff, you'll be far ahead in the business game. Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired Few people know how to get things done better than Josh Kaufman. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done Josh Klein has synthesized the most important topics in business into a book that truly lives up to its title. It's rare to find complicated concepts explained with such clarity. Highly recommended. Ben Casnocha, author of My Start-Up Life Fundamentals are fundamentals. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an executive at a Fortune 50 company, this book will help you succeed. John Mang, Vice President, Procter & Gamble These concepts really work: I'm booked solid with clients, making eight times more money, feeling far less overwhelmed, and having a lot more fun. If you want to live up to our potential, you can't afford to miss this book. Tim Grahl, Founder and CEO, Out:Think Group A creative, breakthrough approach to business education. I have an MBA from a top business school, and this book helped me understand business in a whole new way. Ali Safavi, Executive Director of International Sales & Distribution, The Walt Disney Company

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670919535
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JXXKR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
There's something very tempting about books at an airport and the Personal MBA promised to be a good, instructive read as I scanned the shelves at Heathrow Terminal 5.

I bought it on Kindle as I wanted to be able to electronically store clippings and make notes. Quotes come from unexpected sources: prayers, John Wayne and Judy Garland as well as more conventional sources such as Peter Drucker, Paul Buchheit and Reid Hoffman. These support and illuminate the best practices which are advanced in the book.

The idea of The Personal MBA Vs "the real thing" is the hook on which this book gains attention but its content, in terms of capturing key concepts around the primary disciplines of business are substantial enough to be significantly rewarding while humbly pointing the reader in the direction of many more sources of understanding and self-education.

Those who approach this book with some experience of business are likely to find themselves nodding at some chapters as they see familiar practices advocated while slowing down to absorb less familiar material. Well, at least that was the case with me.

I've not taken an MBA so have no comparative basis idea as to the veracity of the book's primary proposition. But its a book from which I learned a lot and to which I expect to return a great deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 6 Oct 2013
By Johnezo
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Really useful book, but in the end like a lot of things in life, one needs to practice it, and before you do that, you really do need to study it, not just read through it. As I have only recently started up my business I have lots to learn so I keep this book close at hand to refer to. I am slowly creating a vision of how business operates and know that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. No matter what an MBA takes 18months or more to get your head around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Mark : 3.5/5

As usual in this kind of book there is a lot of padding. Indeed the author writes two pages when few sentences could be enough and you will also find basic generalities such as "Be nice with your client" or "don't forget to sleep". Finally the author will never miss a chance to remind you how great this book is and how stupid it is to do a real MBA.. sensitive debate I agree but when the author does it every 10 pages it becomes unbearable.

YET, this book develops some interesting and useful ideas, and it is very easy to read. Even though you're not interested in creating your own company, you may still find this book interesting by the working methods and the psycological analyzes of human behaviour you can find and how these analyzes can be adapted to companies.

In the end I would recommend this book, even if you're not interested in entrepreneurship, but it personally did not change my life.

PS: I advise you to skip the first chapter of the book, where the author tells you how great his book is, how clever you were to buy it and how MBA schools are lame (40 pages...). And sorry for the potential mistakes in my critic, english is not my native language :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and simple 14 Jan 2014
By Laura
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That's a great and easy to read book. I liked how business steps are explained in details and is also an excellent call to action! I recommend it for anyone who is thinking about starting/improving his business.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book, but not on a kindle... 28 Aug 2011
By Julie H
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This is an easy to read book with lots of smart business insight and definitely worth picking up if you are a small business owner. I would just say, don't buy the Kindle edition of this as it has no table of contents, which makes it very difficult to navigate as there is no way to see what's coming up next.
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By Mike N
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As many people have pointed out, this is not an MBA, nor is it a real substitute for one. However ... there are a number of reasons you should look at this anyway if you are considering an MBA (if you already have one then just don't bother - this is just unnecessary for you):

- This will give you a good idea of what an MBA contains
- You will probably come away knowing whether you really want do do an MBA or not.
- You may find the knowledge here is enough for you, and gives you enough grounding to do further reading on your own without going to the expense of getting an MBA.

Of course I'm not in the US, so the costs that Kaufman talks about are nowhere near as much as they are there. Nor do I think there is quite as much snobbery about which institution you got your MBA from (note I say not as much, not that there is none ...)

I would also echo the comments of others who point out that the first hour is just a lot of self-justification, and waffling on about how much MBAs cost and why you (probably) shouldn't do one. I'd suggest you just skip this and get to the meat of the book.

For me - who has already read a fair bit on this subject - there was not an awful lot of new stuff. I did think it was well organised though, and a very helpful summary. I wish I'd read it 10 years ago - it probably would have been a lot more use to me then. It still gave me a number of things to think about though, and a few recommendations for other books that I will be picking up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected 25 Mar 2014
By sonia
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this is an ok book. not exactly what i expected but still very helpful for those who want a little nudge and knowledge about starting a business
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If you can manage not to compare it to "normal" books, it's amazing. What I mean is that each chapter is usually only a couple of pages long. Read more
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This would certainly decipher all misunderstood concepts about an MBA!!!! A matchless resource for business students at the postgraduate level and an absolute must read. Read more
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