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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.
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.
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.
This book will be a real help in increasing our profitability.
Highly inspirational and much better value than a real MBA.
The biggest bonus is that the chpters are really short even though they are so imformative. I love this book and recommned it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to very dull reading and as such did not get very far into it. Also to say it is an 'Instant MBA' I think is an exaggeration to say the least.Published 9 months ago by Magpie
Really not a great book. I find the writing tedious and painful so didn't get far with it.Published 20 months ago by Peter79
Short, snappy insights designed to be read while waiting at the bus stop.Published on 1 Aug. 2014 by Sashisawarinonai
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
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.Published on 21 Dec. 2013 by Anwen
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 morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Ed Jie
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