I borrowed my copy of The Personal MBA from the King County Library system in keeping with the idea that I'm budgeting my personal education, my DIYMBA, as low cost as possible. I will have to purchase a copy to refer back to because Josh's book is going to be a valuable reference for me in the coming months as I begin to explore various topics that I don't have much working knowledge with. Amazon, here I come!
What's so great about Josh Kaufman's Personal MBA? He provides his readers with exactly what he promised. Outlined in related chapters are distilled insights, laws, rules, anecdotes, examples and guides to help you quickly analyze a situation and make decisions. After reading a few pages in Personal MBA about how to analyze production problems, then synthesize what the solutions might be I instantly realized I had just learned something without any effort. I now have a decision tree of sorts, there's no mystery in my mind about what factors I need to consider when looking at a similar real-life issue.
This book would be an excellent option for someone cutting their teeth in their first management gig, or even someone with a few years under their belt who was likely promoted as a star performer but not given much training on what a "manager" really is. It appears to me that this is a common scenario in today's business world and is the likely cause of high turnover in many companies.
I'm also finding that there is so much chit chat about "Leadership" nowadays that I feel a nearly insurmountable burden of learning awaits my every effort to gain proficiency in these modern "must-have" skill sets that have popped up in pop business culture. As an example yesterday on Twitter I spotted a tweet about Cultural Intelligence. Okay, I thought, this must be a variation on the theme of Emotional Intelligence, and of course we see no shortage of EI reading material on the internet. Is this the new buzzword in pop business lingo on the internet and twitter? Not sure about that but I do know that by following the reading list in Personal MBA I got my hands on a copy of First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. I'm only 75 pages in, and will blog about this great(!) book later, but I already know I need to take this new term, Cultural Intelligence, and distill it down to the essentials, then act from there.
Go get yourself a copy of Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman and watch your confidence, your insight and your ability to act appropriately soar. Thanks Josh!