Book Review: “Only The Paranoid Survive: How To Exploit The Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company” By Andrew S. Grove (1996, 224 Pages)
A management masterpiece.
Andy Grove was the CEO of Intel from 1987 to 1998. During his tenure, he transformed Intel from a declining manufacturer of memory chips into the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.
He recounts this accomplishment in “Only The Paranoid Survive.”
This book is a thrilling and extremely insightful management masterpiece.
Grove explains how to deal with strategic inflection points, i.e. forces that are “10X” larger than what a company and its leaders are accustomed to. The book is a great case study on disruption. It is all the more useful since Grove doesn’t back down from being honest about his own failures.
Together with “From Worst To First: Behind The Scenes Of Continental’s Remarkable Comeback” by former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune, “Only The Paranoid Survive” is the best CEO book that I have read.