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Reading recommendations prior to b-school

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Rugger, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Rugger

    Rugger Senior member

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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?
     
  2. ShoeShopperJ

    ShoeShopperJ Active Member

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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.
     
  3. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    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.
     
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    wizzeak Senior member

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    Howard Schultz: Pour Your Heart Into It
     
  5. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    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.
     
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    calisanfran Senior member

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    Subscribe to The Wall Street Journal and start reading it daily.
     
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    wj4 Senior member

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    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).
     
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    Best advice so far. The app works pretty well if you dont want to bother with paper.
     
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    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.
     
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    How Countries Compete by Richard H.K. Vietor. Light read, and really interesting.
     
  11. ShoeShopperJ

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    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.
     
  12. mintyfresh

    mintyfresh Senior member

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    What will your focus be?
     
  13. justsayno

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    WSJ and Fin times make sense for folks in Finance.
     
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    HBR is good, but costly. Of course as ethical businessmen we should purchase the articles :)
     
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    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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    I would recommend subscribing to some good blogs.

    Periodicals like the WSJ and FT are good for getting the news, but its all pretty superficial. I am not sure you would be learning anything useful for your career. Twitter will get you the news faster in any event.

    Some good blogs are FT Alphaville, Sober Look w Walter Kurtz, Calculated Risk w Bill McBride, Carpe Diem w Mark J Perry, Counterparties w Felix Salmon, Abnormal Returns has some decent links but a lot of bullshit as well, Falkenblog, the Epicurian Dealmaker, Mindful Money w shaun michaels for euro info. Lots of other good one that are not coming to mind.
     
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    I purposely put off the 4 courses that dealt with ethics and leadership until the end because I thought they would bore me to death. When I signed up for the MBA program, I thought about econ, finance, marketing, investment, etc. It was good timing too as I had just quit my job, probably the most unethical company I can work for. I was able to apply how I was treated along with others to the books like True North, and use that to contrast good companies. Looking back, these courses were probably the best ones in the course. I enjoyed all courses, but I don't really recall all of the formulas and theories I learned from memory.

    I'm also taking notes on what others say. Great books can truly influence you in a big way. Sorry to derail the thread a bit, OP.
     
  20. ShoeShopperJ

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    I am currently reading On China by Henry Kissinger, and I think it could be worthwhile if you are going to be doing business with China (which seems inevitable).
     

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