Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge Every Company and Career

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Currency Doubleday, 1996 - Business & Economics - 210 pages
Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largestchipmaker, the fifth-most-admired company in America, and theseventh-most-profitable company among the Fortune 500. You don't achieverankings like these unless you have mastered a rare understanding of the art ofbusiness and an unusual way with its practice.

Few CEOs can claim this level of consistent record-breaking success. Groveattributes much of this success to the philosophy and strategy he reveals in "Only the Paranoid Survive--" a book that is unique in leadership annalsfor offering a bold new business measure, and for taking the reader deep insidethe workings of a major corporation.

Grove's contribution to business thinking concerns a new way of measuring thenightmare moment every leader dreads--the moment when massive change occurs andall bets are off. The success you had the day before is gone, destroyed byunforeseen changes that hit like a stage-six rapid. Grove calls such momentsStrategic Inflection Points, and he has lived through several. When SlPs hit, all rules of business shift fast, furiously, and forever. SlPs can be set offby almost anything--megacompetition, an arcane change in regulations, or aseemingly modest change in technology.

Yet in the watchful leader's hand, SlPs can be an ace. Managed right, a companycan turn a SIP into a positive force to win in the marketplace and emergestronger than ever.

To achieve that level of mastery over change, you must know its propertiesinside and out. Grove addresses questions such as these: What are the stages ofthese tidal waves? What sources do you turn to in order to foresee dangersbefore trouble announces itself? When threats abound, how do you dealwith youremotions, your calendar, your career--as well as with your most loyal managersand customers, who may cling to tradition?

No stranger to risk, Grove examines his own record of success and failure, including the drama of how he navigated the events of the Pentium flaw, whichthreatened Intel in a major way, and how he is dealing with the SIP brought onby the Internet. The work of a lifetime of reflection, "Only the ParanoidSurvive" is a contemporary classic of leadership skills.

"This terrific book is a dangerous book. It will make people think."
--Peter Drucker

"This books is about one super-important concept. You must learn about Strategic Inflection Points, because sooner or later you are going to live through one."
--Steve Jobs, Pixar Animation Studios

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This was an interesting book telling of the rise of Intel and how Intel was able to survive in a very fast-moving industry. The book was written in 1996. Many business books can quickly date ... Read full review

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A magnificent book about strategic analysis and action in fast changing environments. There are lots of ways to fail (hence the paranoia) which he discusses in a straightforward way. He emphasises the ... Read full review


Only the Paranoid Survive
A 10X Change
The Morphing of the Computer Industry

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Andrew S. Grove emigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1956. He participated in the founding of Intel, and became its president in 1979 and chief executive officer in 1987. He was chosen as Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1997. In 1998, he stepped down as CEO of Intel, but continues as chairman of the board. Grove also teaches at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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