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Only the Paranoid Survive: The Threat and Promise of Strategic Inflection Points Paperback – 16 Mar 1999


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; 1st Currency Pbk. Ed edition (16 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385483821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385483827
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,880 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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‘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

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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 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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The central theme of the book is what Andy Grove calls a 'Strategic Inflection Point (SIP)'. It is a turning point in a company's life from where the company can go north or south depending on whether it recognises the arrival of such a point and how it prepares itself to deal with it. The theme is based on Intel's own experience of dealing with a Strategic Inflection Point when they decided to get out of the memory business. The last chapter on the Internet is outdated for today's reader but the rest of the book is a good eye opener for all corporate leaders. Not a revelation but a good read!
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By bl on 31 Jan 2013
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It is a good read but sounds a bit cliche (that could only be me though). It does have a good message around which the book is written.
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