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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New Ed edition (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861975139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861975133
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Only the Paranoid Survive is about recognizing, overcoming and even profiting from the inevitable groundshifts in commercial life that, by changing the fundamentals of the business environment, shake established enterprises to the core and raise newcomers to power and wealth. Grove takes this simple--if unarguably true--idea and brings it alive with a wealth of examples, shrewd understanding of corporate dynamics, and unblinking realism about why businesses succeed or fail. Many of his war stories are based on Intel's own missteps, including the famous Pentium floating-point fiasco. He also spends a lot of time talking sense about corporate cultures, how they react under extreme stress, and the factors that enable one to survive while dooming another to die. Only the Paranoid Survive is a mirror in which everyone in the computer industry should view the company they work for, and the course of their own career. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" Probably the best book on business written by a business person sinceAlfred Sloan's My Years with General Motors." --Forbes " This terrific book is dangerous...It will make people think." --Peter Drucker " This book 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, CEO, Pixar Animation Studios " Andy explains--with modesty that cannot conceal his brilliance, how he has led Intel through changes and challenges that many companies could not cope with...The country will benefit from his vision." --Reed Hundt, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Complacency is one of the biggest enemies of any organization, but especially for successful ones like Intel. ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE provides two powerful observations that will help anyone who reads this book: (1) That changes are lurking out there that need immediate attention inside your organization and (2) That you must be constantly vigilant for large discontinuous changes (such as those driven by microprocessors, Intel's main product). Having the perspective of someone who has been both the beneficiary and the target of discontinuous change, Dr. Grove's lessons become all the more real. At first, I thought this book was a little overdone; but upon reflection, I feel that complacency is probably best overcome by paranoia in the absence of the management process to locate, anticipate, create and adapt to externally-driven discontinuous changes. We cite this book in our own book about how to be more successful, because we believe it is an important work. Please read this book, and take its lessons seriously. But have fun while you are being paranoid!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2008
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Part business memoir and part corporate-strategy guide, Andrew S. Grove's insightful book gives the reader an inside look at how microprocessor giant Intel prospered in one of the most competitive industries on earth. Grove writes candidly about the moments when he had to admit his company was simply failing to keep up with the competition. His response: to undertake drastic changes in his organization. Grove writes about what it is like to lead a company out of the wilderness of change and into safer, more secure markets. He also introduces useful tools and ideas that will help the next generation of corporate scions stay ahead in times of rapid change. Face it: Someone, somewhere is plotting right now how to outperform your company in the marketplace. That's why getAbstract heartily recommends this book for those who are paranoid - and for those who ought to be.
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By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2011
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Intel was one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley, one of a handful of household brand name companies that helped to create, and constantly reshape, the information technology landscape in the US, and the rest of the high-tech world. Andrew Grove was at the center of this company from its inception, and this is his story in his own words.

The information-economy industry, unlike the giant manufacturers such as GM that faced more stable markets, was singularly brutal and fast-changing. Roughly every eighteen months, newly minted microprocessor chips arrived with double the circuit density of the preceding generation, increasing both their capacity and speed. For decades, Intel had been an exemplar of success, assessed in 1998 as the third most valuable company in the world by market capitalization. Known for their loyalty and hard work, virtually all Intel employees shared in the ownership of the company via stock options.

Nonetheless, the company's success was constantly portrayed internally as tenuous and hard-won: in the mid-1980s, facing ferocious Japanese competition in the memory chip market segment, Intel re-engineered itself, focusing instead on the emerging microprocessor market segment. This is the core of Grove's book, and is a remarkable achievement - I vividly still recall how, in the late 1980s, we thought Japan was going to take over the PC industry - and it was Grove and his team that did it.

To do so, Grove engineered Intel's corporate culture so that it melded "control-freak management" with creative chaos: anyone could compete in an open, yet authoritarian "culture of innovation.
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By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2007
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Part business memoir and part corporate-strategy guide, Andrew S. Grove's insightful book gives the reader an inside look at how microprocessor giant Intel prospered in one of the most competitive industries on earth. Grove writes candidly about the moments when he had to admit his company was simply failing to keep up with the competition. His response: to undertake drastic changes in his organization. Grove writes about what it is like to lead a company out of the wilderness of change and into safer, more secure markets. He also introduces useful tools and ideas that will help the next generation of corporate scions stay ahead in times of rapid change. Face it: Someone, somewhere is plotting right now how to outperform your company in the marketplace. That's why we heartily recommend this book for those who are paranoid - and for those who ought to be.
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I loved this book as it was very down to earth. Grove carefully identified some very fundamental issues and behaviours that - I think - more or less everybody could understand.

He then teaches how these issues can be recognised and how they should be tackled if you want to benefit from the situation. I very much doubt that this book covers even the first half of what Grove is doing or thinking, so I was a little disappointed by the absence of rocket-science.

The one big questions I had though was why more people didn't already know and do all this basic common sense?

I guess that is the one of the secrets to success - it is not enough to understand best practice, it is required to practice and repeat best practice.

KR
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