The 12-Week MBA

Learn the Skills You Need to Lead in Business Today

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By Bjorn Billhardt

By Nathan Kracklauer

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Based on award-winning leadership development programs experienced by over 100,000 professionals at Fortune Global 500 companies, The 12-Week MBA offers practical tips for aspiring business leaders while making an impassioned case for a new approach to management education.
Getting an MBA takes time and money, making it inaccessible to many people who want to take charge in the business world.  The 12-Week MBA offers an alternative way to learn business essentials by focusing on the skills and knowledge required to succeed as both a manager and a business leader.  The 12-Week MBA’s unique premise is that business leaders in any industry, any function, and at any level need the same core knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively manage and lead.  That core consists of working through and with other people to create value while using financial concepts and metrics to maximize the value created for all company stakeholders.  The timeless essence of managing numbers and leading people can be learned in less time and at a lower cost than in a traditional two-year MBA, where much of the curriculum may become obsolete by the time students graduate.  Authors Bjorn Billhardt and Nathan Kracklauer are senior executives at Abilitie, a global leadership development company that has served over 100,000 learners in fifty countries.  Abilitie’s clients include some of the world’s most recognizable brands such as Coca-Cola, The New York Times, and Dell.  Now the key lessons from Abilitie’s 12- Week MBA curriculum are available in this accessible and engaging guide.


  • “An excellent read for people considering entering management and leadership positions and a great refresher for those who have been there."
    Scott Collins, PhD, CEO of Austin Innovation Group
  • "An essential guide to practical business leadership that covers both the 'numbers' and the 'people' side of running a business." 
    Alex Davern, former CEO, National Instruments
  • The 12-Week MBA is transformational—it helped me lead the largest transaction in my company’s history.”
    Martin Jones, Head of Studios, Austin Film Society
  • The 12-Week MBA is an invaluable guide, providing the essential business acumen needed to confidently navigate the corporate world.” 
    Roberta Pomponio, Customer Success Manager, GoGuardian
  • "The 12-Week MBA offers small, bite-sized insights essential to business covering both financial leadership and people leadership."
    Ketan Patel, Senior Corporate Counsel, Envision Healthcare
  • The 12 Week MBA encapsulates 2-3 years of graduate level courses into easily digestible chapters anyone can understand.”
    Dave Bush, Engineer, Apple
  • “The12-Week MBA distills an expensive degree into enduring leadership insights for a world that desperately needs a more diverse range of leaders.”
    Christine Looser, PhD, Senior Director, Minerva
  • "The 12-Week MBA provides an introduction to the key quantitative and people-centered knowledge and skills that lie at the heart of successful strategic thinking."
    Art Markman, Vice Provost, The University of Texas at Austin; author of Bring Your Brain to Work

On Sale
Feb 6, 2024
Page Count
288 pages
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Bjorn Billhardt

About the Author

Bjorn Billhardt is CEO and founder of Abilitie, a global leadership devel – opment company. Prior to launching Abilitie, Bjorn co-founded Enspire Learn – ing, an early pioneer of e-learning programs and business simulations in 2001. Bjorn holds a BA from the University of Texas and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A native of Hamburg, Germany, he came to the US as an exchange student in high school and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three boys

Nathan Kracklauer leads Abilitie’s research and development efforts as Chief Research Officer. Nathan has facilitated leadership seminars at companies such as Coca-Cola and Dell, and at executive education programs at IMD Business School. Nathan holds a BA and a BS from the University of Texas and an MA from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Born in Falls Church, Virginia, Nathan now lives in Karlsruhe, Germany, with his wife and two daughters

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Nathan Kracklauer

About the Author

Bjorn Billhardt is CEO of Abilitie. Abilitie’s leadership programs have educated over 20,000 learners across the world.  Prior to launching Abilitie in 2015, Bjorn founded and bootstrapped Enspire Learning, Inc., an e-learning development company that grew to $5MM in revenue and 50 employees. Bjorn also worked as a corporate trainer for BAAN, a Dutch software company, and McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. Bjorn holds a BA from the University of Texas and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bjorn lives in Austin, TX with his wife and three young boys. He is a native of Hamburg, Germany and came to the US as an exchange student in high school.

Nathan Kracklauer leads Abilitie’s research and development efforts. He joined Bjorn’s first start-up company, Enspire Learning, in 2002 and was the principal author on courses for organizations such Harvard Business School and the World Bank. Nathan has facilitated leadership seminars at organizations such as Bank of America, GE, Nokia, and at executive education programs at IMD Business School, London Business School, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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