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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Business, April 1, 2014
This review is from: The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts (Hardcover)
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There are lots of books that claim to replace that MBA you've thought about getting, but this one is different. it's funny. It begins with a 101 course on not appearing stupid, with instructions on how to finesse the fact that you don't understand a spreadsheet and how to use sagacious nodding to avoid looking dumb. The exercises for the chapter include choosing three examples of stupidity from a newspaper, determining whether each was a stupid action by a clever person or an action by a stupid person, and spending 5 minutes thinking how you would have done it differently.

The glossary doesn't include GMROII, but it does explain what a credenza is.

So the book is not just witty or entertaining, but intentionally humorous. As such, it might be most amusing to people who are already knowledgeable about business, who will relate to the elective course on R&D (Rationalization and Denial) and the tutorial on Dealing with Feelings of Overwhelming Entitlement.

On the other hand, there is some very good advice in this book. I think the discussion of effective presentations would be very helpful for a neophyte and, speaking as a person who is not very good at negotiation, I found the section on negotiation quite informative.

The quote on the frontispiece may say it all: "A man may say full sooth in game and play."

So enjoy this book, and plan also to learn something from it. Don't expect it to replace that MBA.
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