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High Output Management

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,338 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companie ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published November 18th 2015 by Vintage (first published 1983)
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a book club at work. I wasn’t exactly thrilled that a management book was chosen as our next book, especially since I am not a manager myself. However, I did see that High Output Management had received rave reviews here on Goodreads. I also saw an article from the Washington Post highlighting this book becoming a cult classic in Silicon Valley with plenty of recommendations from top CEOs. And the recently updated edition has a foreword by Ben Horowitz, who apparently has be ...more
Muhammad Arrabi
This is definitely one of the BEST Business Books one must read. And it's the best "Management to Engineers" book I can think of.
This book is listed on Quora as the best people management book one can read. It has been recommended by so many top VCs there.

Andrew Grove is the legendary CEO of Intel. Yet, his background is scientific research. This book is one of the best and concise guides on how to be an excellent manager (from managing a small team, all the way to a whole company).

His language
Max Lybbert
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some circles, Grove has as bad a reputation as Bill Gates. And while I can't comment on his other books (e.g., Only the Paranoid Survive), this book doesn't give that impression.

Grove's management philosophy is well developed, I think more useful than Rudy Giuliani's (Leadership), and still valid thirty years after the book was originally published. Additionally, Grove gives useful advice to people who aren't managers.

Shortly before reading this book, I read T.J. Rodgers' No Excuses Managemen
Alexander Pavlov
Настольная книга многих известных IT-предпринимателей и CEO современности. Гроув описывает свое видение подходов к эффективному менеджменту. Причём под менеджментом он понимает не только тех, кто непосредственно руководит другими, но и тех, кто влияет на работу других посредством своих знаний и экспертизы.
Создается впечатление, что изначально книга писалась, как настольная книга для менеджеров Интел.
Написана в 1983 году, но 90% написанного актуально до сих пор и будет ещё долго актуально. Причём
José Luis
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a bestseller that survives through time, although it was first published in 1983 and since then management has changed a lot and has already incorporated the ideas the book spreads. But it is invaluable because Andrew Grove tells the reader his lessons learned as a effective manager at Intel. The book is for sure a compact course in Management, driven to managers focused on productivity and team work. I would read it again and again, no doubt about that. Highly recommended if you want to t ...more
Vasiliy Sikorskiy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Книгу прочитал по настойчивой рекомендации моего одногруппника. За что ему огромная благодарность. Если коротко, то это лучшая книга по менеджменту из всех, которые я читал. Стал впервые руководителем, хочешь быть руководителем получше, являешься хороший руководителем - однозначный маст к прочтению. Ее автор - CEO компании Intel. Ее особенностью является очень прикладной характер, там качественно выведены принципы и фреймворки, которые он рекомендует всем менеджерам. Причём говорит не общо и не ...more
Simon Eskildsen
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
This is the best book I've read on leadership, building organizations and spending your time on the most important tasks for your team.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of it felt more appropriate for a manufacturing company than today's world, but the fundamentals still resonated.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took a while to read, not because it wasn't good, but because it was almost too good. It is chock full of stuff to think about as a manager. It read really densely. I'd read a chapter or two, think about it, try some stuff out, then pick up again and read another few chapters. This definitely has the feel of a book I'll return to in another few years and learn some new stuff and gather new insights.
Steven Lam
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Management bible!
Gaurav Mathur
Key Ideas:

- Output of a Manager is the output of everyone he influences. He can leverage the output by: doing things faster, doing them better

- Training is a high-leverage activity, and responsibility of the manager - it must happen in-house

- Goals should always be paired - into quantity and quality goals - both keep a check on each other

- Hiring is a very tough but necessary job and you can never be sure about it

- Information gathering is the basis of a manager’s tasks - which, like a housewife
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
Andy Grove was the CEO of a Intel – a large corporation both doing rocket-science-level research and running manufacturing plants. The advice in the book somehow had to fit both scenarios. I am managing a small engineering team and I know I found it super-useful. Starting with the surprisingly clear definition of a manager’s output (“output of the organizational units under her or his supervision or influence”) to the more tactical ideas how to organize a company’s departments or what’s a good p ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-to-read
great book dedicated to the management. the author covers large variety of things from the planning and managing the time to hiring and training employees. There a lot of ready to use samples from real life cases (with numbers) and to sample performance reviews. the author describes not just things worked for him and but what kind of things are not working.
Sergey Morovshik
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top
Одна из лучших книг по управлению, буду держать под рукой. Удивило,что написано несколько 10ков лет назад, а актуальность на сегодняшний день максимальная! Не зря многие включают эту книгу, как обязательную к прочтению в своих компаниях! Я тоже добавил!
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it because of its reputation. Immediately began reading it again upon finishing it because it is THAT good. So much wisdom and practical advice, delivered with straight shooting engineer style. stop reading this and go read the book!
Adam Wiggins
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, management
Short, powerful work on the art of classic command-and-control management. Put it alongside Jack Welch's "Winning" and Drucker's "Management" on your bookshelf.
Arjun Subramanian
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review - While the metaphors and the organizational structure of Intel described in the book are dated, the underlying wisdom imparted are still quite relevant. I found the core ideas in the book valuable - what is the output of manager? How do you spend your time? how do you plan your work? how do teams work? How do you motivate the people on your team?

My Book Notes

The book in three sentences

Your output is the sum of your team’s output and the output of any neighboring groups you can influ
Liana Poole
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had have taken notes while I was reading this book. It took me a long time to read but the messages it delivered have stuck with me. Some of the messages it delivers flies in the face of what we are often taught: however, the way it is explained certainly makes sense and motivates me to try a different approach in how I manage my people.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the grandfather of management books. From middle managers to C-level folks, this book provides very practical advice on everything needed to be a good manager.

Even though its written 30+ years ago, 99% of the content is timeless. Highly recommended as the first management book anyone should read.
Matt Wright
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptionally clear and easy to read. One I will return to again.
João Cortez
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book the first time about ten years ago and I just read it the second time now. Andrew Grove can distill his management learning and insights, coming from a manufacturing background, into very concise and easy to follow management principles and best practices. Just reading this book is what Andrew Grove would consider a "high-leverage" practice. Highly recommended.
Brian Rosenblat
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. While written a while ago, the principles of management are relevant. I'd recommend for anyone who is growing into or wants to grow into a broader management role. Grove was an impressive person who saw the value in teaching. The wisdom/page ratio in this book is higher than most.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High Output Management is one of those books that is largely a recapitulation of things that are already intuitive, but (A) crystallizes them in a way that makes it easy to disseminate to other managers, and (B) adds about 10% new content.

The things that fall in bucket (B) for me are tactical to the point of sounding mundane but are in fact, very sage and very practically useful: on performance reviews - should you share the written notes before, during, or after the meeting (Grove says before);
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book represents a compilation of managerial activities that lead to the increase of the team's output. When applied, it could bring the highest achievement level for the company. Therefore, it works very well when it is IMPLEMENTED by the managers. Otherwise, it is just theory.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 That is probably the best book I've read on management. It's short and to the point. It's written in 1990, but it holds amazingly well. This stresses the quality of content even further.

A highly recommended read.
Justas Šaltinis
One of the best management books despite being written in 1995.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got so much praise that my review would not tip its well-deserved place among other business books.
On a personal note: it was clearly a missing bit in my experience. Making things work on a scale where team size goes far beyond 50 or 100 members is very different from ten members of SWAT-type team building MVPs. On the other hand, Andrew draws a great picture where startup-like teams could operate very efficiently inside larger corporations.

The first third of the book might be quite a
Sam Stagg
I can see why this book is so popular with left-brain-dominant CEOs in Silicon Valley. Like many management books it promises to give you the recipe for the secret sauce of successful growing businesses. Unlike many, it does actually give you some of the ingredients, though not the whole recipe.

The book is short, to the point, and full of real, actionable things you can do as a manager. Everything is presented with a minimum dose of fuss and a maximum dose of reality. Ultimately, it's a handboo
Raman Ohri
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
Some high profile people have described it as the best management book ever written. It's certainly the best I've read. Succinct, well-reasoned, clear-headed ... you can feel a confident yet humble leader patiently talking to you throughout. While the book is decades old, the advice seems as good and relevant as a book written yesterday. Covers most angles of the job of a manager - purpose, the flow of work, strategy, recruiting, performance appraisal and much more. Fantastic.
Ryan Lackey
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the classic books on management

Strongly recommend this to anyone in management (either of other people or as a professional in charge of a function). Andy a Grove was truly one of the great business leaders. The "homework" at the end of the book is a reasonable assignment for any new manager.
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Andrew Stephen ("Andy") Grove (born 2 September 1936), is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world's largest m ...more

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“Remember too that your time is your one finite resource, and when you say “yes” to one thing you are inevitably saying “no” to another.” 5 likes
“Here I’d like to introduce the concept of leverage, which is the output generated by a specific type of work activity. An activity with high leverage will generate a high level of output; an activity with low leverage, a low level of output.” 3 likes
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