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014 Andrew Grove: High Output Management

The book offers practical insights and advice on management skills, including focusing on output, maximizing leverage, and efficient production management.

Andrew Grove: High Output Management


High Output Management is a classic management book that provides practical advice and insights for anyone looking to improve their management skills. The book is divided into three sections: The Basics of Production, Managing People, and Managing Organizations. Grove emphasizes the concept of "output," which means managers should concentrate on achieving specific goals instead of managing activities or inputs. The author also stresses the idea of leverage, which involves finding ways to maximize time and resources to achieve the greatest possible impact. The book is a quick and easy read, but it's packed with valuable insights and practical advice for becoming a more effective leader.


Title: High Output Management

Author: Andrew Grove

Publishing Year: 2021

Publisher: Vintage

Length in hours: 8 hours and 2 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The importance of focusing on output, rather than activities or inputs.
  2. The concept of leverage, which involves maximizing time and resources to achieve the greatest possible impact.
  3. Strategies for effective production management.
  4. Tips for managing people and organizations.
  5. The role of innovation and risk-taking in management.
Andrew Grove: High Output Management

5 funny quotes

  1. "A computer on every desk and in every home was not a trivial achievement."
  2. "A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done."
  3. "I think it's very hard to be an executive and still be a nice person."
  4. "Working in an office with an array of electronic devices is like trying to get something done at home with half a dozen small children around. The calls for attention are constant."
  5. "We try to solve problems not by transplanting what worked elsewhere but by finding a creative solution that's specific to the situation."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "In a sense, a manager is the opposite of an artist. A manager may achieve his or her best results when they least resemble art."
  2. "The quality of a manager is directly proportional to the output of the organization they manage."
  3. "The output of a manager is the output of the organizational units under their supervision or influence."
  4. "If you're changing people's lives, you have to be willing to accept being criticized for it."
  5. "As an executive, it is your job not to let yourself get bogged down in detail."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing the needs of different organizational units to maximize overall output.
  2. Addressing conflicts between innovation and production efficiency.
  3. Deciding when and how to delegate authority to subordinates.
  4. Balancing the needs of short-term performance with long-term growth and strategic objectives.
  5. Managing the trade-off between centralized and decentralized decision-making in an organization.

5 examples

  1. Intel's manufacturing process - a key factor in the company's success.
  2. The use of key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure and improve performance.
  3. The importance of delegation in effective management, exemplified by Intel's "Two-in-a-Box" management model.
  4. The role of innovation in driving growth and competitiveness, as demonstrated by Intel's shift from memory chips to microprocessors.
  5. The benefits of a decentralized organizational structure, as exemplified by Intel's shift to a divisional structure in the 1980s.

Referenced books

  1. "The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done" by Peter F. Drucker - Quoted to emphasize effective management practices and decision-making.
  2. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. Christensen - Referenced to discuss the challenges of disruptive innovation and managing change.
  3. "The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt - Quoted to highlight the importance of process improvement and efficiency in operations.
  4. "The Human Side of Enterprise" by Douglas McGregor - Discussed in relation to understanding and managing employees' motivations and needs.
  5. "The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization" by Peter M. Senge - Referenced for its insights into creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement within organizations.

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