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Only the Paranoid Survive Hardcover – Sep 1 1996

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Business; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385482582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385482585
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Paperback
Like many popular management books, Andy Grove's "Only the Paranoid Survive" is unlikely to knock your socks off with its insightful business advice. Rather, the book is chock full of common sense, backed up with case studies from the world of successful -- and not so successful -- American businesses. Although Grove wrote this book during the early days of the Internet bubble, he clearly did not get wrapped up in the all of the excitement of that era, much to his credit. His thoughts are measured, sensible and coldly rational, as befits an industry titan and the ex-CEO of the most successful chip company on the planet.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Only the Paranoid Survive will never be compared with Churchill's memoirs in terms of literary mastery, but Andrew Grove's book does succeed where many other business tell-alls fail: It illustrates the lessons that you can learn from the challenges that its protagonist has overcome. In other words, this book teaches you something. By focusing on the make-or-break turning points that determined Intel's fate, Grove shows how to manage crises in order to seize the opportunities that they so often provide. For this simple lesson, we from getAbstract recommend this book to all business readers.
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Format: Paperback
Very few people in history have the true gift of foresight; Andy Grove is certaintly one of those people. It also shows people like Nick Carr can be idiots. He proclaimed that "I.T. is dead". Nick Carr thinks he is smart because he is able to see a few years into the future and pat himself on the back for it at the same time. Andy Grove's vision is not linear and thus allows him to anticipate changes in business paradigms and to distinguish between tech fads and tech innovations. Ironically, the chapter that made the most sense to me was regarding inflection points in your career.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Business leaders tend to develop a plan and direction for their business that "feels" right and allows them to grow. Seldom do they look around to see if a much better solution is right under their noses. Having grasped the first, most obvious alternative, other alternatives fade into the background. This book suggests that companies should use discomfort with their current position to cause that look around for a better alternative. Like the boy who bent over to pick up a dime while his father looked around first and picked up twenty dollars at the same time, this gives you the chance to be many times more successful. In this book, Intel lost the handle on how to compete in commodity memory chips. An emphasis on profitability caused the organization to self-direct itself into doing more with microprocessors. Because of the inherent value-added being higher in microprocessors, this almost-accidental turn of fate was a wonderful blessing in disguise. Intel's leadership abolished the memory chip business long after the company had abandoned the business. This is one of the few books that appreciates that being satisfied with what one has today is the primary enemy of progress. The lessons of this book could be improved by further considering other ways to get organizations to notice better alternatives than just relying on fear of competition, technological trends and so forth. The concept of "strategic inflection points" developed in this book is a useful addition to the search for better alternatives. Dr. Grove made our company's list of outstanding CEOs 5 of the last 8 years for his outstanding performance in stock-price improvement. That is a powerful testament to the value of these concepts.
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Format: Hardcover
Only very few people are frank to share their experiences leading to success without being pathetic; Andy Grove is one of them.
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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