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The Shorter MBA

This practical, pithy book presents all the essential theory, practice and techniques taught to MBA students and is ideal for the busy practising executive. The book is divided into three main parts: personal development, management skills and business development.


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A practical approach to the key business skills

A unique distillation of the skills that people need to develop to be successful in business. Most people cannot give up two years to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), but the techniques that are taught for an MBA are invaluable. This practical, accessible book presents all the essential theory, practice and techniques taught to MBA students and is ideal for the busy executive.

Above all, this is a practical book that covers everything needed to be commercially successful in business.

It is divided into three parts:

• Personal development
• Management skills
• Business development

and uses the latest research and business school studies to succinctly and clearly explain the key principles and practices of successful business.

The Shorter MBA is designed for the following:

• Busy executives who can’t spare two years out to study for an MBA but do want expert guidance on how to upgrade all the necessary skills.

• Executives thinking of doing an MBA in the future and wishing to get a taster of the level of skills and topics involved.

• Experienced executives who’d like a refresher course that’s expert and to the point but doesn’t short change them on any of the essentials.


How the book works

The book is divided into three main parts: Personal Development, Management Skills and Business Development.

Part 1 Personal Development

  • High achievement
  • Time management
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Leadership
  • Teambuilding
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Solving problems and decision-making
  • Innovation
  • Effective communication skills
  • Personal marketing and public relations

Part 2 Management Skills

  • Finance
  • Human resources management
  • Competitive marketing strategy

Part 3 Business Development

  • Strategy and business development
  • Business plans
  • Acquisitions and disposals of unquoted companies
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins

The authors

Barrie Pearson BSc, FCMA is Chief Executive of Realization, which delivers
world-class mentoring and coaching for chief executives and entrepreneurs. In 1976, he founded Livingstone Guarantee, the first corporate finance boutique in the UK, and sold it for a substantial sum in 2001. Previously he had an international executive career with The De La Rue Company, The Plessey Company and Dexion Comino International. He co-wrote with Neil Thomas Me-Time, a life coaching manual, also published by Thorogood.

Neil Thomas MA is Managing Director of Falconbury, a management training specialist (especially Mini-MBAs). He has worked with John Adair to produce The Best of Adair on Leadership and Management, The Concise Adair on Leadership, The Concise Time Management and Personal Development, The Concise Adair on Teambuilding and Motivation and The Concise Adair on Communication and Presentation Skills.

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