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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (Sept. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394532341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394532349
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Most CEOs can tell you about their successes. Some can tell you about their failures. Few can tell you what they do and why they do it. Even fewer can tell you the principles behind what works for them in a way you can understand. Almost none can turn this into something you can use. HIGH OUTPUT MANAGEMENT has met this high standard. Our company recently named INTEL as a Prototype Company of the Future for its outstanding management practices and benefits created for society. The seeds that provided those great results have been available since 1983 when this book was first published. This book is a modern business classic, and you should read it to check for whether or not you are using these methods in your business activities. Dr. Grove wrote this book in a simple way, so you will not have to be an engineer or M.B.A. to understand what he is telling you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 1997
Format: Paperback
I came upon this book many years ago while an internal consultant for AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Education. Since then I have found it to be a valuable tool in teaching the basics of management to students inside and outside of corporate structure. I still use it as a member of the faculty of Bloomfield College's Materials Management Institute.
Grove has managed to capture the essence of what a company is all about by using simple examples. No, this isn't a high concept leading edge management text. However, it does communicate the fundamentals of running a manufacturing company clearly and simply. It provides a foundation on which you can build the knowledge of the leading edge theories.
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One of the best business books I've read in a long time. Short book, common sense and to the point. Written by Andrew Grove former CEO of Intel.

I would challenge anyone to review their own workplace, their own work practices using some of Grove's ideas.

Liked the simple idea on the manager's preparation for decision making:

What decision needs to be made?

English: Portrait of Andrew Grove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When does it have to be made?
Who will decide?
Who will need to be consulted prior to making the decision?
Who will ratify or veto the dcision
Who will need to be informed of the decision?
Pity it does not happen more often.
On meetings I think he is right: two types. Are we talking of a process oriented meeting (one-on-one, staff meetings, operations reviews) or a mission-oriented meeting?
The discussion of hybrid organisations and dual reporting is straightforward and recognises the reality of how many businesses need to be structured.
Liked the honesty of his section on performance appraisal. And his clarity on the importance of this process, the need for preparation and the rationale for the process in the first instance.
Not sure I fully agreed with him on his views on trying to retain people who say they are going to leave.
Finally - he is very clear on the manager's role and responsibility for training - including preparation and delivery of training. I would see this as a major failing with many managers in industry. And a major missed opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 1997
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Grove identifies what is critical in management. Leverage really only
happens when focused on the right things. He gives perspective on how to
determine that. Then also how to get results. This book is specific, to
the point. No fluff. He writes well and he has a track record of
incredible success that few have equaled. If you MUST get results then get the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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Grove describes his management techniques in a controlled, predictable environment. After reading Tim Jackson's book ("Inside Intel"), I saw the other side of the coin (less rational...). Grove is always coerent and clear. This is a must read, specially for middle-managers, but read Jackson's book for the full story...
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