Only the Paranoid Survive Hardcover – Sep 1 1996
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Massive change is hitting corporate America at a furious and escalating pace, writes Andrew Grove in Only the Paranoid Survive, and businesses that strive hard to keep abreast of the transition will be the only ones that prevail. And Grove should know. As chief executive of Intel, he wrestled with one of the business world's great challenges in 1994 when a flaw in his company's new cornerstone product -- the Pentium processor -- grew into a front-page controversy that seriously threatened its future.
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Keep looking over your shoulder, cautions Grove, president and CEO of Intel Corporation, because the technology that keeps changing the way businesses are run and careers are forged is on the verge of making every person or company in the world either a co-worker or a competitor. And be warned that there's a pattern to the havoc that forces us to regroup whenever we think we have a grip on things. The pattern is based on a series of revolutionary milestones, inevitable and unpredictable, that Grove calls strategic inflection points. They change things. Every significant development from railroads to superstores to computers has been a point of strategic inflection. Businesses and individuals are never the same once these points zero in to alter the status quo. For Intel, a manufacturer of computer works, a strategic inflection point was the transition from memory chips to microprocessors, and a great deal of this book details the way Intel handled this change, including furor that erupted when a minor flaw was discovered in its Pentium processor. Perhaps the quality that lifts this above other business books is its applicability to individuals.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If you haven't read this book, now is as good a time to do so as any. Today's readers have the benefit of knowing how technology and business have evolved since "Only the Paranoid Survive" was published in 1996. The seven years that have since elapsed reveal that Grove really knows what he's talking about. His understanding of how the Internet would affect Intel underscores his management prescience. And his skepticism regarding gee-whiz technological innovations like "Internet appliances" provides an interesting example of how Intel maintained its strategic focus, and emerged from the bubble as strong as ever.
"Only the Paranoid Survive" breaks no new ground in the business-management genre. But the book is well written, well organized, and well worth the read for those who want a glimpse inside the mind of an incomparable American success story.
This book is a must read even if you don't have any inclination for business. Andy Grove has sound and practical advice for anyone to follow.
His insides and his management style definitely create a new kind of role model manager. His advice is very applicable, and if realized would enhance the business atmosphere most probably in any company.
My critique on his book is that he did not even bother to mention where most of his ideas came from. For instance, his paranoia can be traced back to Igor Ansoff who developed the early warning systems, first for defence purposes later for business. Grove' s point of reigning in chaos has already been propagated by Tom Peters, and the loose organizational structure are at home at Henry Mintzberg.
One can appreciate the fact that these concepts have been applied in reality, although, a mentioning of these business gurus in a footnote would have been welcome. One has to remember that his book is a "How to do" manual and not a "Where it came from" encyclopedia, therefore it cannot become an academic textbook.
Nevertheless, very few business leaders are entering the hall of fame and are contributing to the business conduct as Andy Grove does.
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i bought this book because i'm in the chip industry and i wanted to learn from one of the masters in the field. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by bronzefury
This book gives you a insight into the working of a multinational company like Intel. Through the nine chapters you will learn how the Grove felt the changes, recognised them and... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2001 by pramod kumar srivastava
Andy Grove has verbalized the mindset that we must all develop to survive in the 21st Century. While his idea of constantly looking over your shoulder has always been applicable,... Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by Toby Joplin
This is something that any first year business student could have written. It is a fast read but it provides no new insights.Published on July 6 2000 by Ronald Matten
This book is an enjoyable read that is written by the CEO of Intel, this book is noteworthy in that it describes in detail a rare event: the successful change in business models of... Read morePublished on May 14 2000 by Naomi Moneypenny
In today's business world there just isn't time to sit back and casually look over the scene. Competitors can attack with little or no warning, the product that defines your... Read morePublished on May 8 2000 by Gene Bromberg
Grove's book presents an interesting paradox. For a company to excel, it must move quickly and confidently when it reaches what he calls a "strategic inflection point",... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2000 by Gene Bromberg
I would love to give this book to every senior executive I've ever worked for. The gap between what sr. Read morePublished on Dec 5 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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