The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

Master the fundamentals, hone your business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition. The consensus is clear: MBA programs are a waste of time and money. Even the elite schools offer outdated assembly-line educations about profit-and-loss statements and PowerPoint presentations. After two years poring over sanitized case studies, students are shuffled off into middle manag...

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Title:The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
Author:Josh Kaufman
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  • David McClendon, Sr

    The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman is one of those “have to read” books. The whole premise behind The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business is the same as for the

    . That is, one does not have to go to a business school or even takes courses on-line to have the equivalent of an MBA.

    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

    The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman is one of those “have to read” books. The whole premise behind The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business is the same as for the

    . That is, one does not have to go to a business school or even takes courses on-line to have the equivalent of an MBA.

    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 book was used to tell the reader why they should read the book and why they did not need an MBA.

    I am an MBA and I could not agree with Kaufman more. The only real reason I see for one to pursue an MBA is to have that piece of paper to show credibility to get one’s foot in the door. If a person already has their foot in the door, so to speak, then the credentials aren’t necessary.

    One of the best parts of this book is that Kaufman provides a list of the books he thinks are most important for a business student to read. Most of them I have read and have reviewed on line or will be reviewing. Some others I have had on my reading list for a long time. A few I had never heard of, but do intend to read in the future.

    Will reading this book give you all the information you need for business? No, it won’t, but it will give you some background and provide some resources to point you further down the road.

    As you get started in trying to learn more about the world of business, it might well be a good idea to read The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman and visit his web site at

  • د.أمجد الجنباز

    كتاب رائع يلخص لك كل ما تريد أن تعرفه عن إدارة الأعمال في كتاب واحد

    وقد لخص لي أشياء كانت صعبة أو غير واضحة

    كما أعطاني أشياء ليست موجودة في برامج ماجستير إدارة الأعمال في الجامعات

  • Josh

    I wrote this book, so I may be biased...

  • Dave Bolton

    I'm studying an MBA at the moment (actually, for the last few years, almost done!) so I feel qualified to discuss this book.

    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

    I'm studying an MBA at the moment (actually, for the last few years, almost done!) so I feel qualified to discuss this book.

    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 replacement for an MBA, not by a long shot. It doesn't teach the first thing about critical analysis, about structuring and communicating thought, or about financial analysis. It only grazes a mass of subjects, and a chapter on some important topics can be read in under ten minutes.

    So, enjoy the ride, but don't fool yourself either.

  • Claire

    If you're thinking of going back to school to get your MBA, read this book first. Kaufman's premise is that MBA programs are very expensive and teach outdated material. Unless you're going to a top tier school where its name on your degree will yield connections and ins to high finance, you don't need to accrue all that debt to learn what you need.

    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

    If you're thinking of going back to school to get your MBA, read this book first. Kaufman's premise is that MBA programs are very expensive and teach outdated material. Unless you're going to a top tier school where its name on your degree will yield connections and ins to high finance, you don't need to accrue all that debt to learn what you need.

    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 learned and presents a high level overview of business in very readable language.

    Each chapter is broken into many subsections, so you can read about a single concept in a couple of minutes. At the end of *every* section, he has a link to a specific page on his website about it. I found this annoying. I'd rather one link to his book's page that lets me explore from there instead of link after link after link in the book.

    Even if you're not interested in business or entrepreneurship, I'd recommend the chapters "The Human Mind," "Working With Yourself," and "Working With Others" which are more about the psychology behind decision making with approaches to changing or adopting habits. You also might benefit from checking out the "Sales" chapter to understand what salespeople do and why it works, particularly the section on "Reciprocation."

    There is an appendix full of book recommendations broken into various categories if you want to learn more. Another appendix lists 49 questions to help you assess how you're doing and approaching your life.

    A handy resource.

  • Eddie

    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

    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 information and tools to further educate myself in business? Most certainly. The recommended readings and accompanying website alone make this book a worthwhile investment. I will continue to reference this book (and website) to refresh my memory and to direct me where to go to get more specifics.

    Finally, the personal MBA is also a perfect read for a commuter or the person who is too busy to dedicate hours at a time for reading. Each chapter is organized with numerous sections that would take less than ten minutes to read.

  • Jake Goretzki

    I’m a sucker for silver bullets like this.

    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

    I’m a sucker for silver bullets like this.

    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 don’t really believe them) and embraces simplicity.

    That said, it still suffers from the chronic sins of US business literature by not resisting spending a whole chapter telling you just how much your world will be transformed by this book (that you’ve just bought, by the way). Every time. There’s also a little too much of that selfhelpyness, which feels pitched at a reader who’s - simultaneously - a 12-hour a day workaholic and extremely wet-behind-the-ears. This is especially the case where you’re being advised to make checklists, get some exercise every now and then and try imagining different scenarios before making as decision.

    All told though, in a category stuffed with total dreck, it’s really not bad.

  • Shima Mahmoudi

    کتاب دوم از چالش 300 کتاب :

    برای افرادی که دلشون میخواد یه کلیاتی بدونن و خیلی سطحی با یک سری قوانین آشنا بشن کتاب خوبیه ولی فقط در این حده که یک دری رو برای شما باز می کنه تا با دید بهتر بتونین بفهمین علاقه مند هستین یا نه.

    بخشی از کتاب:

    قبل از شروع مردم به شما خواهند گفت که شدنی نیست. وقتی شروع می کنید خواهند گفت این یک کسب و کار واقعی نیست. در نهایت وقتی سوار جت خصوصی خود شدید و آنها مشغول مذاکره بر سر افزایش پرداخت 10 درصدی خود هستند به شما خواهند گفت که بخت با شما یار بوده و اینکه آنها برای مو

    کتاب دوم از چالش 300 کتاب :

    برای افرادی که دلشون میخواد یه کلیاتی بدونن و خیلی سطحی با یک سری قوانین آشنا بشن کتاب خوبیه ولی فقط در این حده که یک دری رو برای شما باز می کنه تا با دید بهتر بتونین بفهمین علاقه مند هستین یا نه.

    بخشی از کتاب:

    قبل از شروع مردم به شما خواهند گفت که شدنی نیست. وقتی شروع می کنید خواهند گفت این یک کسب و کار واقعی نیست. در نهایت وقتی سوار جت خصوصی خود شدید و آنها مشغول مذاکره بر سر افزایش پرداخت 10 درصدی خود هستند به شما خواهند گفت که بخت با شما یار بوده و اینکه آنها برای موفقیت شما حیاتی بوده اند.

    #سیوان

    #چالش_300_کتاب

  • Ali

    I don't know what went wrong with this book. I think I had my expectation way too high.

    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

    I don't know what went wrong with this book. I think I had my expectation way too high.

    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 like a general overview of what a MBA is all about, like an Introductory course that you take at the university.

    Talk about complete disappointment ....

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