The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

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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 Even the elite schools offer outdated assembly-line educations about profit-and-loss statements and PowerPoint presentations.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 management to find out how business really works.

Josh Kaufman has made a business out of distilling the core principles of business and delivering them quickly and concisely to people at all stages of their careers. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. In The Personal MBA, he shares the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more.

True leaders aren't made by business schools-they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed. Read this book and in one week you will learn the principles it takes most people a lifetime to master.

    3 thoughts on “The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    1. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful

      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Great overview of business topics, November 14, 2017

      By GKV

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      This review is from: The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business (Kindle Edition)

      Great book! Obviously it’s not a replacement for a 2 year MBA program, but it’s certainly worth a read before you drop six figures on a degree.

      This book is a great overview of many business topics and will help you identify which topics you need to learn more about. It also provides several other resources to learn about those topics more in-depth if you think you’re weak in a topic.

      My only wish was that the book had more case studies from the author’s clients rather than focusing on some examples based on his own life. But that didn’t happen too much.

      Still a great read and a good reference book on business topics.

    2. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful

      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Solid overview of principles / Not a replacement for an MBA, November 12, 2016

      By Daniel Teeter (San Diego, CA) –
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      This review is from: The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business (Paperback)

      Pros: good overview of MBA principles, and a good read for anyone prior to an MBA (to help you understand what you are getting into, and inform your career recruiting decisions)

      Cons: none. Pretty good.

      Overall: I would buy it again. I don’t know that it is a stand-out over the other handful of highly rated MBA books, but it is still a solid overview. You won’t go wrong buying it.

    3. 75 of 81 people found the following review helpful

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Breadth-Centric Approach Done Totally Right, December 14, 2016

      By MakerMan

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      This review is from: The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business (Paperback)

      This book is broad and shallow, but impeccably indexed and thoughtfully curated. It’s also beautifully and concisely written.

      Everything is organized into topic with detailed outlines, so that you can pick and choose as needed. So many books (see any Tim Ferriss book) throw everything and the kitchen sink with no focus or filter just to fill pages and put out another crappy round of sales; they’re all fluff and the meat they contain is so basic that the author tries to pass it off as something complicated and essentially passes off mystique as value. Not the case here. I have a very sensitive BS meter and it wasn’t triggered at all. Everything included is purposeful, and while there isn’t much of any depth, this is more like what you’d get from an actual MBA (minus the network) – a big picture view and the memory/awareness of what to consider and whether to look it up when the time comes around. The only caveat is that this is all meat, so this is a book to study and write notes on a few times and memorize.

      As a techie-turned-entrepreneur who likes clear APIs and expects good crunch-bang documentation (think C++ interface guides), this is the perfect format and just what I was looking for. If you want a lot of depth, you’ll have to sacrifice scope and go for a book that covers one or two topics. For what it is, this is about as good as it gets (and I’ve read TONS of books on business, organization, ‘self-help’, marketing, negotiation, etc.).

      Thanks Josh for putting this out.

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