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Reading recommendations prior to b-school

post #1 of 20
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Unable to begin school for an MBA until fall of 2014...curious if anyone has any reading recommendations for me..don't necessarily have to be academic in nature but would like to begin educating myself to some extent. I do not have a business background/undergraduate, and while I am not completely clueless, my depth of knowledge is pretty shallow.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 20

In no particular order:

 

  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher

 

  • The Leader in You, Dale Carnegie

 

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

 

  • Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis

 

  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge

 

  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy

 

  • Winning, Jack Welch

 

 

The above are some of the best books I read during my M.B.A. program. I enjoyed business school, and I think I acquired skills and changed my thinking in ways to bring me life-long benefits. It may seem like a lot of books, but this just scratches the surface of the number of books I read during business school. 

 

 

Good luck.

post #3 of 20
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In no particular order:
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher
  • The Leader in You, Dale Carnegie
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  • Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge
  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy
  • Winning, Jack Welch


The above are some of the best books I read during my M.B.A. program. I enjoyed business school, and I think I acquired skills and changed my thinking in ways to bring me life-long benefits. It may seem like a lot of books, but this just scratches the surface of the number of books I read during business school. 


Good luck.
Senge has written a few great books. I'm about a week from finishing up my MBA program. Ironically, the books I enjoyed the most were the ones that dealt around being an effective and ethical leader.
post #4 of 20
Howard Schultz: Pour Your Heart Into It
post #5 of 20
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Howard Schultz: Pour Your Heart Into It
That is also a good book, in addition to the one written by Tony Hsieh of Zappos. I was able to appreciate these books only after reading books like True North first.

OP: I was like you. My BS and first master's were in a scientific field. I never took a biz class until the MBA program and I loved it all. I wouldn't read any of the textbooks because it would bore you to death and you wouldn't be able to comprehend the material.
post #6 of 20
Subscribe to The Wall Street Journal and start reading it daily.
post #7 of 20
I received a free subscription for Bloomberg Weekly (it's not really free, probably added into the tuition) during my MBA course, and I really liked the magazines. I wish I had more time to read some of them (they got delivered on Saturdays and sometimes the heavy work didn't afford me to read the the articles I wanted to).
post #8 of 20
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Subscribe to The Wall Street Journal and start reading it daily.

Best advice so far. The app works pretty well if you dont want to bother with paper.
post #9 of 20
The Tipping Point is an interesting book, and not a difficult read either. I don't know if its too MBA related, and it is a tad bit redundant, but still some good came from it for me.
post #10 of 20

How Countries Compete by Richard H.K. Vietor. Light read, and really interesting. 

post #11 of 20

I used to read the WSJ daily since undergrad, but I ironically stopped DURING business school. Especially after if not during an MBA program, you will come across a lot of buried stories. We had a class on the financial fallout and had to do brief presentations on difficult culprits. Anyway, a part of my presentation was the burying of bad economic news.

 

 

But since we are recommending periodicals and not just books, WSJ is probably fundamental - but so is the HBR. I have not read the HBR for a while, but I used to always enjoy reading it.

 

 

Personally, I prefer the Financial Times to the WSJ; but you should get both. 

post #12 of 20
What will your focus be?
post #13 of 20
WSJ and Fin times make sense for folks in Finance.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by ShoeShopperJ View Post

I used to read the WSJ daily since undergrad, but I ironically stopped DURING business school. Especially after if not during an MBA program, you will come across a lot of buried stories. We had a class on the financial fallout and had to do brief presentations on difficult culprits. Anyway, a part of my presentation was the burying of bad economic news.


But since we are recommending periodicals and not just books, WSJ is probably fundamental - but so is the HBR. I have not read the HBR for a while, but I used to always enjoy reading it.


Personally, I prefer the Financial Times to the WSJ; but you should get both. 
HBR is good, but costly. Of course as ethical businessmen we should purchase the articles smile.gif
post #15 of 20
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HBR is good, but costly. Of course as ethical businessmen we should purchase the articles smile.gif

 

I actually never subscribed; I would just read a copy in the library.

 

By the way, someone recommended True North by Bill George, and that is another book I read during business school that I would recommend now.

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