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THE 80 MINUTE MBA is your short-cut to business brilliance. A traditional MBA is for either the time-rich, very wealthy or lucky few with a generous corporate sponsor. So what happens if you want to get a hit of high-quality business inspiration without spending two years back at school? THE 80 MINUTE MBA is the gateway to fresh thinking, in less time than it takes a stand THE 80 MINUTE MBA is your short-cut to business brilliance. A traditional MBA is for either the time-rich, very wealthy or lucky few with a generous corporate sponsor. So what happens if you want to get a hit of high-quality business inspiration without spending two years back at school? THE 80 MINUTE MBA is the gateway to fresh thinking, in less time than it takes a standard meeting to get past coffee and biscuits. Managers need the encouragement to think differently, not in the same straight lines. THE 80 MINUTE MBA is an injection of inspiration, creative thinking and dynamic approaches which will help you see the world of business differently.


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THE 80 MINUTE MBA is your short-cut to business brilliance. A traditional MBA is for either the time-rich, very wealthy or lucky few with a generous corporate sponsor. So what happens if you want to get a hit of high-quality business inspiration without spending two years back at school? THE 80 MINUTE MBA is the gateway to fresh thinking, in less time than it takes a stand THE 80 MINUTE MBA is your short-cut to business brilliance. A traditional MBA is for either the time-rich, very wealthy or lucky few with a generous corporate sponsor. So what happens if you want to get a hit of high-quality business inspiration without spending two years back at school? THE 80 MINUTE MBA is the gateway to fresh thinking, in less time than it takes a standard meeting to get past coffee and biscuits. Managers need the encouragement to think differently, not in the same straight lines. THE 80 MINUTE MBA is an injection of inspiration, creative thinking and dynamic approaches which will help you see the world of business differently.

30 review for The 80 Minute MBA: Everything You'll Never Learn at Business School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dante

    The 80-Minute MBA is a practical book that aims to help the reader learn the basics of an MBA education. The book has five chapters and each chapter discusses an essential topic or aspect of any business. Chapter 1 talks about sustainability. The authors write that environmental sustainability and financial sustainability are equally important for the success of any business. Business which are not environmentally sustainable face 3 risks: (1) physical, (2) regulatory, and (3) reputational risks. C The 80-Minute MBA is a practical book that aims to help the reader learn the basics of an MBA education. The book has five chapters and each chapter discusses an essential topic or aspect of any business. Chapter 1 talks about sustainability. The authors write that environmental sustainability and financial sustainability are equally important for the success of any business. Business which are not environmentally sustainable face 3 risks: (1) physical, (2) regulatory, and (3) reputational risks. Chapter 2 talks about leadership. The authors write that you don't really need to know a lot about leadership or read tons of books about leadership in order to be a good leader. You only need to know a few things. For example, great leaders are great servants. They lead by serving others. They possess virtues like courage and integrity. They are spiritual rather than materialistic. Also, great leaders know these 4 things: (1) Where they are going as a company (they have a clear sense of direction and they have the ability to execute their strategies), (2) what's going on in the organization, (3) who they are as persons (they are aware of their strengths and weaknesses), and (4) they know how to build a strong team. Chapter 3 talks about culture or human resource. The authors write that the success of any business depends ultimately on how well you manage and engage your employees, and the best way to manage and engage them is to provide them with these 3 things: (1) Quality relationships, (2) autonomy or individual discretion, and (3) good organizational ethos or values. These 3 can lead to job satisfaction and thereby give the company "commitment dividends". Chapter 4 talks about cash. The authors write that accounting is the language of business. Through accounting or the faithful and accurate bookkeeping of all the transactions that the business engage in every day, reliable records are produced which the business-owner, investor, leader, or manager can use to make informed-decisions about the business. Chapter 5 talks about conversation. Conversation is all about marketing. The authors write that traditional marketing are no longer wholly useful. Times have changed and people are no longer merely consumers. Many of them are also producers. Thus, there is now modern marketing methods. The core of modern marketing are (1) community, (2) co-creation, (3) customization, and (4) conversation. The book's subtitle is misleading. Are concepts like leadership, organizational culture, and accounting missing in the curricula of business schools? Clearly, no. So I guess this book is just exaggerating a lot. I did find a few chapters useful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Sherriff

    Well, this took me at least 180 minutes to read, but I won't dock the authors a star -- it's still a great introduction to what's what in thinking about economics for people, like me, who find themselves in business and in need of a framework to think about it all, but are sure that the Trump approach is not the way forward. The authors here write wittily on five topics: sustainability (how ecological concerns have to be at the heart of every business); leadership (how building a good team is le Well, this took me at least 180 minutes to read, but I won't dock the authors a star -- it's still a great introduction to what's what in thinking about economics for people, like me, who find themselves in business and in need of a framework to think about it all, but are sure that the Trump approach is not the way forward. The authors here write wittily on five topics: sustainability (how ecological concerns have to be at the heart of every business); leadership (how building a good team is leadership); culture (how you have to foster good relationships with those you work with); cash (how you should know how to read a balance sheet); and conversation (how you have to ask customers what they want from you). I could quibble that the final chapter is a little overly optimistic for the power of social media to do good, but overall I would recommend the book to anyone in need of a bit of business 101. Download my starter library for free here - http://eepurl.com/bFkt0X - and receive my monthly newsletter with book recommendations galore for the Japanophile/crime fiction/English-as-a-foreign-language teacher in all of us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yuthika

    I would love to read an updated version of this. Sustainability, leadership, culture, cash, conversation. Packed and barely any room to breathe in between the topics, but value adding and astute :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kjell

    I liked the environmental focus of the first chapter and agree that the environment should be one of the top priorities for businesses. I found it refreshing because I did never think that much about it earlier. The rest of the book, however, is fairly basic. I think it is an interesting overview of the basics of managing, but I was hoping to learn more from the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wood

    As the title states, this is a quick read which frames leadership, ethics, finance & strategic concepts; however the shallow dives into some topics with no dives into others leaves this book adding little value above a university course summary statement. Expectations were set on a to-the-point type of book one may reference back to, or use as a kick start into other conversational topics. Although it shed light on the vague areas one might venture into if perusing these studies more deeply, I w As the title states, this is a quick read which frames leadership, ethics, finance & strategic concepts; however the shallow dives into some topics with no dives into others leaves this book adding little value above a university course summary statement. Expectations were set on a to-the-point type of book one may reference back to, or use as a kick start into other conversational topics. Although it shed light on the vague areas one might venture into if perusing these studies more deeply, I would have to advise on placing your 80 minutes of read time elsewhere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dávid

    It's really worth to read. A short but yet very helpful book that will make you think about certain things like marketing, accounting, environment... I really love that the book is specific in some ways and gives readers recommendations on how they can improve. It explains very well how marketing has changed and how to do it nowadays. Even though it says that you can read it in 80 minutes, it actually took me more than that. It's really worth to read. A short but yet very helpful book that will make you think about certain things like marketing, accounting, environment... I really love that the book is specific in some ways and gives readers recommendations on how they can improve. It explains very well how marketing has changed and how to do it nowadays. Even though it says that you can read it in 80 minutes, it actually took me more than that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amazingsomeone

    Complete bull shit. Nothing new or substantial, instead of reading this book, you can just read a few blog posts here and there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abdul Raheem

    The only reason i'm giving it an extra star is because of the ACDC reference, it's better to read the summary than to actually read the whole book, here's the summary: 1 Sustainability: Businesses have to think about the moral and practical implications of the mess we’re making of our planet. 2 Leadership: Ignore any leadership book that has an adjective in the title. It’s about knowing the details, and trusting the team. 3 Culture: Your people really are the key to your success, because of all the The only reason i'm giving it an extra star is because of the ACDC reference, it's better to read the summary than to actually read the whole book, here's the summary: 1 Sustainability: Businesses have to think about the moral and practical implications of the mess we’re making of our planet. 2 Leadership: Ignore any leadership book that has an adjective in the title. It’s about knowing the details, and trusting the team. 3 Culture: Your people really are the key to your success, because of all the free stuff they bring to work. 4 Cash: You need to be able to read a ledger and draw a demand and supply curve. Or you’ll look like an idiot. 5 Conversation: Business these days is about talking with your customers, not talking at them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Tchernev

    Any book that claims you can read it in 80 minutes is always going to be a little scant on detail and specifics. Nonetheless, the 80 minute MBA did a good job of introducing a wide variety of topics in a compelling way. It's given me the impetus to follow them up more deeply in my own time, and in particular, has given me a new view on marketing and sustainability in modern businesses. Definitely worth 2 hours of your time. :) Any book that claims you can read it in 80 minutes is always going to be a little scant on detail and specifics. Nonetheless, the 80 minute MBA did a good job of introducing a wide variety of topics in a compelling way. It's given me the impetus to follow them up more deeply in my own time, and in particular, has given me a new view on marketing and sustainability in modern businesses. Definitely worth 2 hours of your time. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    George Papanikolaou

    Admittedly I bought the book thinking "ho ho, I might not be good enough to attend, say Harvard Business School, but at least, at least I'll get to learn the ins and outs about business that aren't even taught there, ho ho". Now, THAT, is total bullshit. It cannot be that the ideas in this little gem of a book are not taught at business schools. "LOL" I think to myself. Anyway, don't take my word for it... Admittedly I bought the book thinking "ho ho, I might not be good enough to attend, say Harvard Business School, but at least, at least I'll get to learn the ins and outs about business that aren't even taught there, ho ho". Now, THAT, is total bullshit. It cannot be that the ideas in this little gem of a book are not taught at business schools. "LOL" I think to myself. Anyway, don't take my word for it...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dil Nawaz

    You can’t get lots of information about MBA in 80 Minutes except headings and few lines description of main points in MBA This books contains around 7 chapters 1- Introduction 2- Sustainability 3- Leadership 4- Culture 5- Cash 6- Conversation 7- General Resources Mostly book depends on real world cases and ver basic information about MBA Just An Average Read Dil Nawaz The Lion Studios www.thelionstudios.com You can’t get lots of information about MBA in 80 Minutes except headings and few lines description of main points in MBA This books contains around 7 chapters 1- Introduction 2- Sustainability 3- Leadership 4- Culture 5- Cash 6- Conversation 7- General Resources Mostly book depends on real world cases and ver basic information about MBA Just An Average Read Dil Nawaz The Lion Studios www.thelionstudios.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sameer Khan

    I am only 12, but I LOVED this book. My dad is a major in business, and I plan to as well. I really do think that this book can save you a lot of time. For example, You could read this book in 60 minutes and get more information than most long Business-major classes. I had a HUGE laughing session at the Hummer part. You would like this, I almost guarantee.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elita Lahm

    I give 5 stars because they delivered what they said they will deliver. At this moment book is well up to date and therefore has a higher value than it would have next year. I learnt few new terms and trends, and for me who is a fresher and does not have much corporate work experience it was an excellent read :) easy going book for sure!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angha

    I personally found this book to be over-exaggerated. The title makes it sound like business schools are hiding this knowledge from you, but I covered all of the topics covered in this book in my MBA and in a lot more detail than a few pages can cover. The only chapter I found any help was on leadership and that too because it had some interesting examples of what great leadership really is.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bard

    A quarter of the book on global warming!? A tenth of the book on dispelling leadership myths!? Changing traditional marketing and strategic ideas to "conversations"!? Dont waste your time. A quarter of the book on global warming!? A tenth of the book on dispelling leadership myths!? Changing traditional marketing and strategic ideas to "conversations"!? Dont waste your time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robbert Bangriwall

    plz anyone send me the book please on: [email protected] or +923138746609(whatsapp)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eleni

    Nothing revolutionary.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hunain Arif

    Great advices on leadership and people management

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mouiz Ghouri

    I feel like this book only contains common sense based concepts, there was not much to learn from it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rajni Vashist

    If you are MBA or doing or planning for it Read this book as basics of MBA, a revision and a brief on marketing strategy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pía López Copetti

    At least this book demystified some concepts for me about what an MBA degree entails. It's a quick book and gives you a general introduction of the concepts. At least this book demystified some concepts for me about what an MBA degree entails. It's a quick book and gives you a general introduction of the concepts.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hosam Ali

    Short and nice read, but if you need MBA information, you need to seek some other book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Simple, quick read that provides an overview of the essentials of running a corporation.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ejaz Husseini

    Given its ridiculous brevity and hastiness, of course this book fails at preparing you for the business world; but as a magazine, which it felt like to me, it might just work. There are up-to-date, progressive, and a few key points that would help business students understand business as a subject. My expectations going into this book were a revision of my bachelor studies and groundwork for soon starting master studies in business; this book lacked in fulfilling both. Full review: https://hifzeha Given its ridiculous brevity and hastiness, of course this book fails at preparing you for the business world; but as a magazine, which it felt like to me, it might just work. There are up-to-date, progressive, and a few key points that would help business students understand business as a subject. My expectations going into this book were a revision of my bachelor studies and groundwork for soon starting master studies in business; this book lacked in fulfilling both. Full review: https://hifzehayat.blogspot.com/2021/...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Enock

    I like mostly how the writer speaks about leadership, the culture of the organisation, and also the idea of caring much about the success of the organisation, not necessarily the success as an individual. I enjoyed reading it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jia Le Toh

    This book is a quick read and it more or less repeats what you already know. 1. Create a sustainable business because we only have one Earth. 2. Great leadership is essential to a business. What I liked: - the accounting part was a little basic but very easy to understand - on leadership, "They are not bullying or hectoring, but they are authoritative. Authority without arrogance: that's the secret." What I disliked: -The sarcastic tone at the end of the introduction. -There was a graph with wrong axis l This book is a quick read and it more or less repeats what you already know. 1. Create a sustainable business because we only have one Earth. 2. Great leadership is essential to a business. What I liked: - the accounting part was a little basic but very easy to understand - on leadership, "They are not bullying or hectoring, but they are authoritative. Authority without arrogance: that's the secret." What I disliked: -The sarcastic tone at the end of the introduction. -There was a graph with wrong axis labels which got me confused for 5 minutes. -Putting in personal opinions, like which CEOs he doesn't like And some opinions I just completely don't agree with, but the author writes them as though they were fact. "You can forget about charisma [...] charisma cannot be taught or learnt. If you're not charismatic, you are never going to be. So forget about it."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patrik Hallberg

    A short read, but not that bad... I like the sustainability focus and there are some nice reading recommendations like: Execution: the discipline of getting things done, The change monster & Profiting from evidence based management. Some interesting facts: Stuff to forget as a leader - charisma, balance (great leaders are unbalanced), authenticity (you need selective authenticity), coaching, strategy (you need practice... 4 things great leaders know: where we're going, what's going on, who they are a A short read, but not that bad... I like the sustainability focus and there are some nice reading recommendations like: Execution: the discipline of getting things done, The change monster & Profiting from evidence based management. Some interesting facts: Stuff to forget as a leader - charisma, balance (great leaders are unbalanced), authenticity (you need selective authenticity), coaching, strategy (you need practice... 4 things great leaders know: where we're going, what's going on, who they are and how to build a strong team. Last chapter about how the 4Ps of marketing (Product, Price, Place & Promotion) is being replaced by the 4Cs (Community, Customisation, Co-Creation & Conversation)is good with references to Anderson's Long Tail model and wikipedia.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rishabh Anand

    It is an excellent book that covers the basics of MBA- from leadership to financial accounting in a short and precise manner. The authors have injected new thinking on various domains-content marketing,data,social media ,global warming and technology. What I liked the most about the book was the Chapter 'Conversation'in which the authors have preferred Five C's:Content,Community,Co-Creation,Customization,Conversation over 4 P's:-Product,Price,Place and Promotion. The other best thing I liked abou It is an excellent book that covers the basics of MBA- from leadership to financial accounting in a short and precise manner. The authors have injected new thinking on various domains-content marketing,data,social media ,global warming and technology. What I liked the most about the book was the Chapter 'Conversation'in which the authors have preferred Five C's:Content,Community,Co-Creation,Customization,Conversation over 4 P's:-Product,Price,Place and Promotion. The other best thing I liked about the book was their focus on Sustainability in the very first chapters. It 's a good book to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    Some interesting ideas to consider and a useful overview, but each of the areas they focus on needs more depth to get your teeth into. Ok, it's intended to be a quick read, but I don't feel it really achieves what Reeves intended it to. Some interesting ideas to consider and a useful overview, but each of the areas they focus on needs more depth to get your teeth into. Ok, it's intended to be a quick read, but I don't feel it really achieves what Reeves intended it to.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

    Not having gone through an MBA, I guess this will be as close as I can get to it. A look of good points raised for consideration and further deliberation for me in my company, so it's worth the time and money spent on this book. Not having gone through an MBA, I guess this will be as close as I can get to it. A look of good points raised for consideration and further deliberation for me in my company, so it's worth the time and money spent on this book.

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