- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062362801
- ISBN-13: 978-0062362803
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career Hardcover – April 14, 2015
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“A solid framework on how business works and how to be part of the game. The authors’ positive attitudes and enthusiasm to share their expertise dominate the text....A practical and multilayered guide to running a company effectively and profitably.” (Kirkus)
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#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller
The acclaimed authors of Winning show you how to galvanize performance, unleash growth, build "wow" teams, and create a fulfilling career—and have fun while you're at it.
In an economy that is changing so rapidly it can feel impossible to keep up, questions abound: Why do some companies grow and thrive amid the tumult, while others stagnate and stumble? What's the best way to avoid a competitive whack, or to come back from one if you get hit? How can leaders unlock the passion and performance of every person on their team, including the tech "geniuses" whose work they don't fully understand, the "virtual" employees they don't really see or know, and the entrepreneur wannabes with one foot out the door? And on a personal level, you may be asking yourself: Will I ever land the dream job that I am destined for? Or will I forever be stuck in career purgatory? Why is finding the right career suddenly so complicated?
Experts espouse theories and concepts, but when it gets right down to it, winning in business is all about mastering the gritty, make-or-break real-life dilemmas that define the new economy, the old economy, and everything in between. In The Real-Life MBA, Jack and Suzy Welch provide that guidance, drawing on their experiences over the past decade working closely with businesses of every size and in every industry around the world. The result is a book full of fresh, immediately applicable, sometimes even counterintuitive lessons about how to create great organizations, build high-powered teams, and forge fulfilling careers in today's new business environment.
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So why a two star review? Because this book doesn't really teach you anything. It's not a crash course in MBA topics or skills. It's pretty much echoing a mantra of "Be intelligent, be flexible", but it really lacks a target audience. It seems to be floating towards an audience of CEOs, senior managers, or up-and-coming managers, but it just isn't really going to help you do much. "Don't retain people who steal from you." Obvious. "If you specialize at one thing, use people who are better than you at the other things." Obvious. This could be a good book for people brand new to the business world, but those people are going to lack the position, influence, or authority to actually implement anything that's being taught here.
The meeting every week , the cross functional teams and the analysis by variance analysis is a must in every company. Unfortunately, in all multinationals not always the most capable are the ones that reach the top are the best qualified, but the politician and these persons do not know how to get results on a permanent basis. The other topic that is of great interest is the function of HR, that clearly gets defined as the selection ,development of the best people and not an intriguing function, which is what happens in many companies.
I think this book is a must read to any who wants to make inroads into excellence!!
Every manager should read this book once a year.