• Only the Paranoid Survive

  • How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
  • By: Andrew S. Grove
  • Narrated by: Jason Leikam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Andy Grove, founder and former CEO of Intel shares his strategy for success as he takes the listener deep inside the workings of a major company in Only the Paranoid Survive.

Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel became the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy for measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads - when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall by the wayside - in a new way.

Grove calls such a moment a Strategic Inflection Point, which can be set off by almost anything: mega-competition, a change in regulations, or a seemingly modest change in technology. When a Strategic Inflection Point hits, the ordinary rules of business go out the window. Yet, managed right, a Strategic Inflection Point can be an opportunity to win in the marketplace and emerge stronger than ever.

Grove underscores his message by examining his own record of success and failure, including how he navigated the events of the Pentium flaw, which threatened Intel's reputation in 1994, and how he has dealt with the explosions in growth of the internet. The work of a lifetime, Only the Paranoid Survive is a classic of managerial and leadership skills.

©1996, 1999 Andrew S. Grove (P)2021 Upfront Books

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horrible narration

equivalent to employing a used car salesman as the voice of henry ford. enough said.

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Good book and Great narrator (update needed)

The topic and scenario are good, the examples are ok. The narrator is great.
I think the content should be review and updated.

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The better book

Hesitated to study this one after his other book (High Output Management).
I must say this is definitely the better book. The language seems less outdated, the data more concise and at least for me more readily applicable to current, real life business situations!

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Must Read

This should be required reading for all working adults regardless of role title job or discipline.

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Old... but certainly not outdated

Such a well structured and clearly presented treasure trove of wisdom... in spite of having been written over two decades ado.

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Fantastic, instant classic.

Yes, at 1x the narration is tiresome as others have criticized. But like those classics from the 90’s streaming on Netflix still in 4:3 and with “film” grain clearly visible on the picture there’s something endearing and nostalgic. But make no mistake, for those open to hearing the message, Grove’s booming words and intellect are bang up to date for any 2022 organizational leader. I thank those who thought to produce and rerelease this years after his death and at a time when so many leaders need to be reminded what it takes to lead during strategic inflection points. Do yourself a favor, ignore the other reviews, push through the nostalgic tone and remind yourself of the essence of being a leader when it matters most. Thank you Andy Grove.

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There are several instances in the audio recording where it skips a few words. Quality of coins is good.