July 24, 2005

Personal MBA Bookshelf

Josh Kaufman started a discussion on Personal MBA which according to him is an entrepreneurial approach to business education. As a part of this project, Josh has now come out with 40 titles that cover general MBA topics in an efficient manner. I am currently reading David Allen's Getting Things Done which is already mentioned in the list. Are there any good books which you have read and can be added to this list?

Josh's List [URL]:
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, Renée 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


At 5:37 PM, Blogger L said...

A good list...though havent been thru many of them...
Can add "The 48 laws of power" by Robert Greene.. and on a sidenote "The Art of War by sun tzu"

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Dhar said...

Read Sun Tzu's Art of War sometime back, found it to be filled with what I call motherhood statements.

Compared to Art of War, I think Karl Von Clausewitz "On War" is better.

I too have The 48 Laws of Power lying on my bookshelf. Will have to read it one of these days. :))


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Watziznem said...


I'm not here to suggest any new titles coz as a matter of policy I avoid all management books!

What I want to know is about this Flickr Pro account that you got from someone. Where exactly do we meet these generous 'someone's? Is the offer still valid? This 20MB bandwidth limit and 3 set restriction is just too measly :( (yeah, yeah, I know the service is free!)


At 1:04 PM, Blogger Dhar said...

Chand Man...

I was lucky... I didnt go out of my way to get someone generous to gift me that account. Binu was a senior from IIT-B days and he gifted me that account.

See, the 2 GB per month is certainly more than what I require. Why dont you mail me and I will send you my username and password. Tag your photos with your name and feel free to use my account if the 20 MB limit is proving to be a pain in the behind.

Just take care not to upload anything that might be construed as illegal. :-))


At 12:54 AM, Blogger Watziznem said...

Ah, thanks a lot for that gracious offer D! But I don't think the situation is that dire yet. But will definitely ask you if required. Lemme use up the 20MB first!

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Kapil Lalwani said...

hey dhar

how many of these books you already have on your bookshelf? all?

just curious !


At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Dhar said...

Have the following with me:

1. Getting Things Done
2. Seven Habits (Thanks to you, Lals)
3. The Goal
4. The Art of Start (PDF version which I got from changethis.com)
5. Influence
6. Getting to Yes (though I find Bargaining for Advantage by Richard Shell a better book on Negotiations)

Not too many... :(


At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Chris Woodruff said...

Thanks for bringing our site up for discussion. I am assisting Josh with PMBA and we welcome any constructive criticism or additions to the list. You will have to explain your changes :) but we are actually doing some internal discussions between the 4 admins of PMBA to find new and better books for the community. Thanks again.

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crucial Conversations - great book!


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