The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
Getting an MBA is an expensive choice-one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real busin...more
Kaufman provides explanations of many different concepts and defines numerous terms in a simple, easy to read, format. The only problem I saw with the book was that 8% of the bo...more
Kaufman started by compiling a reading list of the top 100 business books on his website, PersonalMBA.com. His book takes all the best pieces he learn...more
It’s a pretty decent, digestible glossary of the most prevalent business terms de nos jours – he says ‘models and concepts’ but I think that’s an overstatement. It’s readable by virtue of no subject extending beyond a handful of paragraphs and it’s a pretty good reference, really. The sections on value and marketing are the best.
Its tone is also pretty likeable too – and I salute anyone who can tell me that any MBA is a waste of money (though I still do...more
I can definitely see his point. I found the format excellent: sections with clear goals and chapters illustrating one concept after another in an interesting and straightforward manner. As each concept was being explained I t...more
For me the most useful parts of the book were on managing one's self, analyzing systems, and marketing. More impor...more
It's not a bad book. The opening section is persuasive in arguing against assuming the debt of an MBA program (although that's not something I was considering anyway). The examples can feel slight, but Kaufman is good at harnessing the...more
Do I believe, after having read this book cover to cover, that I have earned the equivalent of a MBA from a state college or university or amassed the same knowledge as one who has graduated with a MBA? No.
Do I believe I will grasp what the recent B-school graduate is saying as he/she begins spouting MBA-speak in the next meeting? Maybe.
Do I believe this book is a valuable beginners guide which arms me with the necessary i...more
To the book. It's a nice high level overview of a lot of the topics that an MBA will touch on, and quite a few that an MBA won't touch on at all. It is likely to be very helpful to all sorts of people. Anyone, even someone with an MBA, would be able to get something from this, particularly as it also covers "soft" subjects like personal development.
But be clear, this is no...more
I came to this as a non-business owner with very little exposure to business related knowledge, but curious to get an overview.
I listened to the audio book version and found it fascinating. It was divided into sections with
a sound effect to indicate when a section finished or started. Each section was easily digestible and you can almost feel yourself getting smarter as you listen!
Particularly, the section on dealing with yourself.The section, gave
a brief outline of the issue, some examples t...more
One mistake is to tell readers to use and trust the Better Business Bureau. The BBB is a pay to play organization that rife with fraud. A business can con their customers and then simply pay the BBB to give them a high rating. This makes the BBB completely useless when deciding whether or not to buy a product or se...more
Most business text and material specialises on a core subject and the entire book tends to be a discussion around the core chosen subject. This book is exactly the opposite in that it gives a high level overview of what it takes to create a successful business in modern times.
I'd love to say i wish i had seen or read this book sooner,...more
I was disappointed with the lack of depth of information. The entire book is about a list of concepts with some definition and a small example. This kind of information is completely useless. I'm a developer and it taught me the different types of marketing which does not help me in any way.
I think it's okay if you're into business and going to delve further in each topic discussed in the book. The book is lik...more
Эта книга – справочная. Она хорошо структурирована, разбита на главы не более двух страниц; в каждой главе дан тезис и его внятное объяснение с примерами и ссылками на литературу. В случае, если тезис не вызывает интереса, его легко пропустить или быстро просмотреть.
Содержание книги сугубо полезно и охватывает широкий круг вопросов, понимание которых позволяет ориентироваться в деловом мире лучше большинства (по крайней мере, в России). Речь не только о бизнесе, многое из написанного имеет отнош...more
> Researchers trying to provide a laymen friendly interesting perspective to their research.
> Books on getting better with people.
> Books that distill complex subjects into something more tangible.
Josh seems to be a master of taking these types of sources and abstracting them into a higher-level summary. Then providing a brief paragraph on each and intermixing some of the sources.
It's not a replacement for reading textbooks,...more
A highly practical book written in very efficient, accessible language; and the indexes are extremely useful. I got it from the library but I want to purchase this one so I can keep it around!
Even the section I was interested in was sort of elementary.
This book is marketted towards those who want to skip business school. However, I plan to get my MBA and still found parts of the book helpful for a general idea of things to know.
The first major take away I had was Josh's reasoning on the power of self-directed learning. When it comes to business, 80% of it is learned by doing, and the rest you can learn on your own, with dedicated reading and thoughtfulness.
Josh has done a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of having already read and distilled hundreds of bus...more
Josh Kaufman really covers so much territory in "The Personal MBA." In addition to chapters on finance, sales,...more
Mr. Kaufman is one well read individual. I enjoyed listening to his book recommendations along the way. He has posted hi...more
It's unsettling for the quote on the front of the book, from one of the authors who inspired Kaufman to write the b...more
Josh's unique, multidisciplinary approach to business education has helped hundreds of thousands of readers around the world master foundational business concepts on their own terms, and his work has been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Fast Company, as well as by...more