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I first remember reading about The Personal MBA when it was little more than a list of essential business books on a weblog somewhere, claiming to be (if I recall correctly) the equivalent knowledge conferred in a traditional MBA program. (The details are fuzzy, but you get the idea.) And, I read fast, so I thought to myself, "Self, you should read most of those books, just for good measure." Also, I'm a scientist/engineer by training, and practically by definition am, ohhh, just a tad snooty about MBAs. That is to say, I agree with the pMBA manifesto:
MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work.But, life being what it is, of course I haven't come close to reading all these books. I have read a few though, and I'm generally impressed with the list, and the accompanying blog.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen. I've raved about this at length before - while I'm nowhere near a black-belt right now, and my weekly reviews happen only very sporadically, I still think most of the principles outlined here for how to deal with ALL THE THINGS are spot on.
- The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman - a classic; will change the way you look at user interfaces to everything.
- Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun - I actually have an earlier version of this called The Art of Project Management - it is truly top-notch. (I own Myths of Innovation but haven't read it yet.)
- Your Money or Your Life by Joel Dominguez & Vicki Robin - Deeply clarifying about what it is we actually need. I should re-read this again whenever I start browsing HomesDatabase.com.
Josh Kaufman, the guy behind pMBA, has written a book, Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume, that is coming out at the end of the year. I pre-ordered it through Amazon - what's one more book added to the list of 99 already here?