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The Visual MBA: Two Years of Business School Packed into One Priceless Book of Pure Awesomeness

The Visual MBA: Two Years of Business School Packed into One Priceless Book of Pure Awesomeness

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The Visual MBA: Two Years of Business School Packed into One Priceless Book of Pure Awesomeness

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Apr 16, 2019


Jason Barron spent 516 hours in class, completed mountains of homework and shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to complete his MBA at the BYU Marriott School of Business. Along the way, rather than taking boring notes that he would never read (nor use) again, Jason created sketch notes for each class—visually capturing the essential points of his education—and providing an engaging and invaluable resource.
Once finished with his MBA, Jason launched a widely successful Kickstarter campaign distilling these same notes into a self-published book to help aspiring business leaders of all backgrounds and income levels understand the critical concepts one learns in business school.
Whether you are thinking about applying to business school, are currently in college studying business, or have always wondered what is taught in an MBA program, this highly entertaining and visual book is for you.
Lançado em:
Apr 16, 2019

Sobre o autor

JASON BARRON received his MBA from Brigham Young University in 2017. He is currently a senior product manager for a major nonprofit organization where he creates innovative products that provide optimal user experiences. When he is not sketchnoting or spending time with his wife and five kids (his favorite hobby), he is taking photos, creating something, or coming up with new ideas. He lives in Riverton, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City.

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The Visual MBA - Jason Barron


First Mariner Books edition 2020

Copyright © 2019 by Jason Barron

All rights reserved

For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to trade.permissions@hmhco.com or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Barron, Jason, author.

Title: The visual MBA : two years of business school packed into one priceless book of pure awesomeness / Jason Barron.

Description: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018051342 (print) | LCCN 2019000388 (ebook) | ISBN 978-0-358-02539-9 (ebook) | ISBN 978-0-358-02395-1 (hardback) | ISBN 978-0-358-34364-6 (pbk.)

Subjects: LCSH: Business education. | Strategic planning. | Management. | BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Education. | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General. | HUMOR / Topic / Business & Professional.

Classification: LCC HF1106 (ebook) | LCC HF1106 .B28 2019 (print) | DDC 658—dc23

LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018051342

Cover illustration by Jason Barron

Author photograph © Jackie Barron


To Jackie, Josh, James, Jonah, Josie & Junie

(My whole world)


In short, this book contains two long years of business school, all neatly packaged into one highly illustrated volume.

Experts tell us that 60% of people are visual learners and—let’s face it—beyond that, 100% of people don’t want to read boring stuff. Now, with this book you can understand faster, absorb better, and recall quicker the biggest and most useful ideas that you would learn from studying for a Master’s of Business Administration degree.

A quick word about the illustrations that follow. Years ago Mike Rohde coined the term sketchnotes, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Rather than taking extensive linear notes that no one (including yourself) will ever read again, I felt that simply capturing the main points visually would create a much more interesting and useful resource for later consumption. As they say, A picture is worth 1,000 words.

At the beginning of my MBA studies, I took on the crazy goal to try and create sketchnotes throughout the entire program. And something unexpected happened. For a class full of extremely smart people (all smarter than me), I was surprised at the high level of interest they had in my visual notes as I went along.

What you have in front of you is the end product of all my sketchnotes as I attended the BYU Marriott School of Business. Whether you’ve never been to business school (and never will), or have already attended, or are in a current MBA program yourself, I created this book with you in mind. Each chapter is based upon traditional business school classes, and is packed with concepts that are accompanied with a written narrative to help you better understand it all.

Feel free to skim, jump, or dive through the content any way you want. The only rules are to have fun, to be curious, and to discover on your own. You will be glad you did.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy all the knowledge soaking into your (genius) brain.

Author’s Note

You’re smart: I just spent 86 class days, endured 516 hours of various lectures, completed mountains of homework, and shelled out tens of thousands of dollars in tuition fees, and you can benefit from it all with this book at a fraction of the cost in the comfort of your own home. Nice business decision.

My name is Jason Barron, and I’m a designer. I’ve always been doodling, sometimes when I shouldn’t—like in class as a kid. Fast-forward 20 years and not much has changed. Except that I decided to put my lifelong doodling habit to work when I received an MBA from a top 40 business school, Brigham Young University.

Each class period I would sketchnote what the professor was saying, including key thoughts during class, and from reading assignments. I would capture the essence of what was being taught and then I would distill the complex lectures into simplified concepts.

The end result is this book, which is worth more than gold. It is the goose that keeps on giving luscious golden eggs in the form of paper pages. Save yourself countless hours and read this book in a fun, fast, and memorable way. (You will love it, and

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  • (5/5)
    If you’re curious about business education — this is your ticket to ride.
  • (5/5)
    It is an amazing book that I really enjoyed from the beginning to the end . Everything is explained in such a simple and clear way and it just stretch your understanding . Thanks a lot to all the people that work for it .
  • (5/5)
    This is the best book ever for getting an MBA only in hours!!!
  • (5/5)
    Good book! Easy to understand and helps to know the basic structure of MBA.