I’m feeling horrible right now. I guess I feel like I’ve let down any readers of my blog that I have. I mean, I haven’t been reading as much this year, and it all seems so chaotic and out of balance. First things first, I thought this book was an excellent introduction to business and MBAs in general. I liked the style of writing from Josh Kaufman and thought the book was quite well researched.
Let’s start with what I thought was done well. For someone like me, who has no business background, the book is an excellent resource. It’s clearly structured and offers sound advice throughout. I also thought points weren’t repeated, so it never seemed like I was reading the same thing over and over again. If I’m honest with you (which I am all the time), I enjoyed the book more than I should have. I’m normally just a Young Adult reader, so genres like business shouldn’t resonate with me at all, right? Well, wrong. But it wasn’t perfect…
These aren’t necessarily terrible things. They’re just small things that annoyed me while I read. I mean, otherwise, the book would be rated five stars, right? The first thing that annoyed me was that Kaufman referenced things and then said we’d get into that later. I found that a little annoying because by the time we got into it, I had probably already forgotten what it was that mentioned it. Another, but this was on purpose (and is likely to be a plus for most), was that the book was split into so many small sections. While not inherently bad, it did take some getting used to, and I was just a little annoyed at times having these breathers while I wanted to continue mentally. Lastly, the book, while extensive, is only a small picture. It won’t help you master the art of business, but it will give you the basics to continue.
For those of us who aren’t the typical business type, this book will help you by explaining the basic concepts and will also tell where to look for more in-depth topics/analysis. Therefore, I do recommend this book but with the caveat that those who have an MBA may not find the whole book useful. I like the style of writing as it didn’t overwhelm with too many details or be too theoretical. So, I hope you find the book useful too.
Business & Economics
Citing a disparity between the models taught in business schools and the practices of the real world, a business and marketing educator shares essential principles in such areas as sales and strategy and offers advice on making the most of every career stage.