Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company

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Crown Publishing Group, May 5, 2010 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Andy Grove, founder and former CEO of Intel shares his strategy for success as he takes the reader deep inside the workings of a major company in Only the Paranoid Survive.

Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel became the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy for measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall by the wayside--in a new way.

Grove calls such a moment a Strategic Inflection Point, which can be set off by almost anything: mega-competition, a change in regulations, or a seemingly modest change in technology. When a Strategic Inflection Point hits, the ordinary rules of business go out the window. Yet, managed right, a Strategic Inflection Point can be an opportunity to win in the marketplace and emerge stronger than ever.

Grove underscores his message by examining his own record of success and failure, including how he navigated the events of the Pentium flaw, which threatened Intel's reputation in 1994, and how he has dealt with the explosions in growth of the Internet. The work of a lifetime, Only the Paranoid Survive is a classic of managerial and leadership skills.
 

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User Review  - watson_1 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

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

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Contents

Something Changed
18
A 10X Change
25
The Morphing of the Computer Industry
37
Theyre Everywhere
56
Why Not Do It Ourselves?
85
Signal or Noise?
99
Let Chaos Reign
121
Rein in Chaos
137
The Internet Signal or Noise?
165
Career Inflection Points
185
Notes
199
Index
217
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Page 5 - I'm advocating is, Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos. Does that mean that you shouldn't plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans. It cannot anticipate fires, so it has to shape a flexible organization that is capable of responding to unpredictable events.
Page 3 - ... OUR CURRENT MILITARY DOMINANCE INTO THE FUTURE. MARINES THINK THIS TYPE OF MINDSET IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG. WE INSTEAD SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW THAT WE FACE WHAT ANDREW S. GROVE. PRESIDENT AND CEO OF INTEL CORPORATION. REFERS TO AS A STRATEGIC •INFLECTION POINT." IN HIS WORDS. A STRATEGIC INFLECTION POINT IS A TIME IN THE LIFE OF A BUSINESS WHEN ITS FUNDAMENTALS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE. THEY ARE FULL-SCALE CHANGES IN THE WAY BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED. SO THAT SIMPLY ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGY OR FIGHTING...
Page 3 - A strategic inflection point is a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. That change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights, but it may just as likely signal the beginning of the end.

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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 continued as chairman of the board. Grove taught at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death.

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