Self-Directed MBA

The first ‘part’ of the SDMBA is purely theoretical/reading. Below is the list of books I will/have read. I will update it as I go in order to show progress. I wanted to get this post up as a quick-reference for all of the summaries. As of 4/11/2017 I am getting towards the end of the reading material and getting on to the next stage. I will do another overall post refreshing the status and next steps when I get there. In addition to the last few books I am doing the Y-Combinator’s ‘How to Start a Startup’ lecture series.

Session 1- Soft Skills – March through June

  1. The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin. I started this book 3/22/2016 after hearing about it on the Tim Ferriss show podcast-finished 3/31/2016
  2. Getting things done – David Allen -Started 3/31/2016. Finished 4/20/2016
  3. Getting Results the Agile Way – JD Meier – Started 4/22/2016, Finished 5/2/2016
  4. Curmudgeons Guide to Getting Ahead- Charles Murray -Started 5/3/2016, Finished 5/9/2016
  5. Never Eat Alone: and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a time – Keith Ferrazzi- Started 5/10/2016; Finished 5/24
  6. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie. Started 5/25; Finished 6/1
  7. The 4 Disciplines of Execution- Sean Covey et al. – This book is part of my company’s “offsite learning” but it ties into this section really well. Started 6/3- Finished 6/13
  8. Hope Is Not A Strategy- Offsite book #2 is based on the complex sales function. it is something I want to grow in and fits into this curriculum so I added it to this list- started 6/14- Finished 6/20
  9. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini Start 6/21- Finished 8/25
  10. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Finished 9/5
  11. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking – Dale Carnegie Postponed indefinitely due to priority

Session 2- Mindset – July through September December

  1. The 4 Hour Workweek- Tim Ferriss – Started 8/29, finished 10/11
  2. Five Dysfunctions of a team – Patrick Lencioni – Finished 10/30
  3. Choose Yourself – James Altucher- Finished 11/15
  4. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill – Finished 12/8
  5. Seven Habits of Highly Successful People – Stephen Covey – Finished 1/5
  6. Start With Why-Simon Sinek Postponed indefinitely

Session 3- Business Classics – October through December through March

  1. Good To Great – Jim Collins -Will only be skimming and summarizing -Start 1/7
  2. The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker Started 12/9, Finished 12/14
  3. Getting to Yes- Roger Fisher, William Ury (finished 1/31) 
  4. Getting past No – William Ury (Finished 2/6 no summary)
  5. Essays of Warren Buffet- Warren Buffet, Lawrence Cunningham. 3rd edition – Postponed
  6. Security Analysis – Benjamin Graham Skipping due to length and value to this SDMBA program. Instead I will read book summaries and pull together a graphic/summary of major insights
  7. Competitive Strategy – Michael Porter-Skipping due to length and value to this SDMBA program. Instead I will read book summaries and pull together a graphic/summary of major insights

Session 4- Thinking Like a Startup- January- March – June

  1. Hackers and Painters – Paul Graham: finished 3/6
  2. Zero to One – Peter Thiel: finished 3/11
  3. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson – finished 4/1
  4. Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance finished 4/23
  5. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
  6. The Startup Way – Eric Ries

There it is… 1623 24 25 26 27 24 26 books. This list mostly came from the Thumotic post on the alternative MBA with a couple of books I added.  . I modified it a bit out of the ‘business classics’ section for a couple of reasons: I have read “the intelligent investor” which is the more basic version of Security Analysis. I intend to read a couple of Harvard Business Review articles and other summaries on Porter’s theories on competitive strategy. I also added the Essays of Warren Buffet as a supplemental learning – basically the letters to shareholders from over the years. These are highly regarded as having troves of information that should be required reading in any MBA.

I also added two books to to the “think like a startup” section: Elon Musk, who is one of my personal heroes due to his mindset of thinking big. You have to think really big when you decide you are going to start businesses in space exploration, Solar energy, and electric vehicles.  The Other book is “the art of the start 2.0” which is basically a guidebook for starting a business. As part of my ‘capstone’ project I will pick one of my best ideas from the 10 idea lists I have been doing and run through the entire business plan using The Art of The Start. I will possibly even act upon it if it shows promise as a side job.

The Thumotic SDMBA had an ‘act’ section after all of the reading and this is where I plan to integrate it.