The Personal MBA 40

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Josh Kaufman has finalized The Personal MBA 40, the 40 books he thinks you should read to learn what you’d learn in business school (instead of wasting all that time and money):

  1. Mastery by George Leonard
  2. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton
  3. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  5. What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan
  6. Profitable Growth Is Everyone’s Business by Ram Charan
  7. On Competition by Michael Porter
  8. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
  9. Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, Scott D. Anthony
  10. The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker
  11. First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
  12. The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham
  13. The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett & Lawrence Cunningham
  14. Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger
  15. The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course in Finance for Nonfinancial Managers by Robert A. Cooke
  16. Essentials of Accounting by Robert Newton Anthony and Leslie K. Pearlman
  17. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt & Jeff Cox
  18. Lean Thinking by James Womack & Daniel Jones
  19. The Substance of Style by Virginia Postrel
  20. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  21. Economics in One Lesson by Harry Hazlitt
  22. The Marketing Playbook by John Zagula & Richard Tong
  23. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  24. Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin
  25. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  26. The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin
  27. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
  28. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  29. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  30. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
  31. The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
  32. Flawless Consulting by Peter Block
  33. Real Estate Principles for the New Economy by Norman Miller & David Geltner
  34. Getting To Yes by Fisher, Ury, and Patton
  35. Principles of Statistics by M.G. Bulmer
  36. A Primer on Business Ethics by Tibor Machan & James Chesher
  37. Brand New by Nancy F. Koehn
  38. American Business, 1920-2000 by Thomas K. McCraw, John H. Franklin, and A. S. Eisenstadt
  39. The Little Book of Business Wisdom by Peter Krass (Editor)
  40. Re-imagine by Tom Peters

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