Only the Paranoid Survive

by Andrew Grove

Unlike High Output Management, Only the Paranoid Survive focuses on inflection points within a company. Grove draws plenty from his experience with Intel’s shift from memory to semiconductors. And as a company, it seems that the real hurdle for most companies caught in an inflection point is having someone high enough who’s willing to stick his head out and try a new strategy. If Intel’s shift to semiconductors failed, well, I guess we’d never hear of Grove again. If Grove instead chose to move to another tech company in the area, it’s highly likely that he would still be a senior manager and part time lecturer. All in all, I guess the real takeaway here is that there is always a cost to failure, and often times, it’s much easier to move aside rather than confront hurdles head on.


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