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Book :: Personal MBA

January 29, 2011

I just had a second look at latest addition to my book collection – The Personal MBA. Its written by Josh Kaufman, whom I have been following ever since he started The Personal MBA blog. I have made it a choice now to do my MBA from either the Ivy League or at-least ISB. Anyways writing a book after having a successful weblog is the next big thing so says the spirit of the times of Internet.

I like the cover page of the book. Its nice. I also see that there are only 12 chapters each put in a pretty streamlined manner. All I have a point is that these 12 nodes could have been clubbed into groups as I would like to have seen them. Let me put it here for like the way I wanted to see it.

Before I write it down let me tell you something about Josh Kaufman, he runs a blog on Personal MBA which primarily advocates that a MBA from a premier college is not all that you need to be a good business manager or a successful business entrepreneur. He starts his book well with first asking the reader about who he is and why he is holding this book, what he expects the reader to first learn about himself and then about the material and wealth of information in the book. The following chapters I believe should have been clubbed into sections. The first section should have been called this is business with the first sub chapter being VALUE CREATION – the heart of every business followed by marketing, sales, value delivery to the client and finance. In every field of work you have to deal with yourself dealing people around you. The following 3 chapters of the book do only that and it is to make the reader understand The Human Mind, Working with yourself and then working with others. Now all existing and new, established and struggling business are nothing but independent systems full of small sub-systems. The last 3 chapters of the book talk about understanding them, analyzing them and improving systems.

The book on its index page looks very cool. I hate the fact that after every end sub chapter there is a link to the some video messages. I wish there was a web interface with all the links.

I think I will be done with this book in next 48 hours. I am a slow reader. I will also post the book review and Apple Keynote on Slideshare.

Birth Of MBA

January 15, 2011

The first graduate school of business in the United States was the Tuck School of Business, part of Dartmouth College. Founded in 1900, it was the first institution conferring advanced degrees (masters) in the commercial sciences, specifically, a Master of Science in Commerce degree, the forebear of the modern MBA degree.

In 1908, the Graduate School of Business Administration (GSBA) at Harvard University was established; it offered the world’s first MBA program, with a faculty of 15 plus 33 regular students and 47 special students.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business first offered working professionals the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in 1940, and this type of program is offered by most business schools today.

In 1950, the first MBA degrees awarded outside the United States were by The University of Western Ontario in Canada, followed in 1951 with the degree awarded by the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The Institute of Business Administration, Karachi in Pakistan was established in 1955 as the first Asian business school by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1957, INSEAD became the first European business school to offer an MBA program.

Source: WikiPedia.org

Do hell with all forms of any University MBA

January 3, 2011

I just checked for the MBA admissions for different courses in different institutes in Mumbai. I recollect the stupidity and tolerance I went through while doing BMS & MSc. I firmly now believe India doesnot have the potential to teach above primary education.

And for the itch to do MBA, I am resorting to PersonalMBA & Summaries.com

Management Education OR Tech Education

November 8, 2010

After reading some mgt. books and some biographies and some summaries I was thinking what would pay me off better and why. Will Mgt. education pay better or Tech edu. After some thinking I feel its Tech Edu.

The corporate ladder takes any one up or in between based on only 2 criteria, one formal education which is an MBA from a premiere institute or another may be quality experience which may be a track record of fabulous performance in more than one area.

Now for tech, the new technologies that are coming up are not taught even in the best of the best tech schools in the country. And an edge in implementing the new tech can seriously open the gateways of many many a many job offers. Forget job offers you can even start your own consultancy.

I am making a schedule for myself for every month. First 10 days of the month I will read Mgt. Books and the remaining 20 days tech books. By my previous schedule I have to finish 40 book summaries and 1 biography in the remaining 2 days. Voila this would be fun. We Indians really work better under pressure.

Andy Grove – The Life & Times of an American

November 5, 2010

Andy Grove

The job of a manager is to elicit peak performance from subordinates.

Behind The Cloud – Marc Benioff

November 5, 2010

Behind The Cloud - Marc Benioff

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Amazon.Com: Get Big Fast – Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed the World

November 4, 2010

Amazon.com: Get Big Fast

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A Good Hard Kick In The ASS – Rob Adams

November 2, 2010

A Good Hard Kick In The ASS - Rob Adams

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MBA v/s Personal MBA .:AND:. MS CS v/s Personal MS CS

November 2, 2010

As a good school student I used to learn a lot both in school and at home. I never studied properly after 9th grade. I dun know how I managed to pass every grade after that. But as a kid I had dreams of becoming a Doctor as that was the only profession known to me. The Doctor wears a white coat, cures you and makes good respectable money .

After dabbling with Biology in 11nth and 12th grade I could not by-heart or mug-up the various terminologies and jargons about biological terms. I passed 12th grade biology with grace marks. And by then I had made my dreams of being a doctor pass away, as I understood its not my cup of tea.

By then computers and Internet were the buzz words and Bill Gates paid a visit to India and I came to know he is the richest person in the world and has made his money in selling softwares (software licenses). I thought of making a career in Computers and did summer internships in .COM companies. Needless to say both of them could not survive the dot-com bubble bust.

I did join a course in Management and in Computer Applications, but I must say that the campus at both the places laked n everything be it infrastructure, people or pupils. I am happy that I passed out of one :).

Now after 6 years of leaving education at University level, I have the urge to go back and do an MBA or MS in CS. In USA or Canada. I would love to do both, but today I have constraints which do not allow me to do any.

PersonalMBA.com project stands for an MBA education without going to a University and without paying a lot of money. Similarly I can think of an MS in CS without going to a University and without paying a lot of money.

PersonalMBA.com‘s (99 Books) different category of MBA subjects are

  1. Productivity & Effectiveness (7 books)
  2. The Human Mind (4 books)
  3. Communication (5 books)
  4. Influence (4 books)
  5. Decision Making (4 books)
  6. Creativity & Innovation (3 books)
  7. Project Management (2 books)
  8. Opportunity Identification (2 books)
  9. Entrepreneurship (6 books)
  10. Value Creation & Design (4 books)
  11. Marketing (4 books)
  12. Sales (4 books)
  13. Value Delivery (3 books)
  14. Negotiation (3 books)
  15. Management (5 books)
  16. Leadership (5 books)
  17. Finance & Accounting (4 books)
  18. Systems (3 books)
  19. Corporate Skills (3 books)
  20. Corporate Strategy (5 books)
  21. Consulting (2 books)
  22. Personal Finance (6 books)
  23. Personal Development (5 books)

On the same lines if I had to design a course for Personal MS in CS I would do the following:

  1. Programming Paradigms
  2. Algorithms & Data-Structures
  3. Operating Systems
  4. Database Management Systems
  5. Data-mining & Data warehousing
  6. Design Patterns
  7. Web Application Development Technologies
  8. Server Side Scripting Languages & Frameworks
  9. Rich Internet Applications
  10. Networking Technologies & Network Programming
  11. Information Security & Cryptography
  12. Compiler Designs
  13. Artificial Intelligence
  14. Human Computer Interface
  15. ERP, CRM & Project Management
  16. Embedded Systems Design

I am not ready with the language names specifics and the suggested books specifics but I am sure the array of subjects can’t be more than what I have mentioned.

In the coming days I will write more about both PMBA & PMsCs. Stay tuned.