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High Output Management

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  16,174 ratings  ·  853 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 29th 1995 by Vintage (first published 1983)
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
José Luis
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, favorites
Intel co-founder Andy Grove was a brilliant CEO and a mediocre writer. His breakout business book of 1983 is no breezy beach read. A good deal of the material covered in High Output Management feels dated and his prose is dry as sand and crackers. But there are enough gems in here that it's well worth the read if you work in a managing role in a large organization (or a small organization that is growing). ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Most of it felt more appropriate for a manufacturing company than today's world, but the fundamentals still resonated. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not in the habit of writing book reviews (who has time for all of the reviews we have to write these days, anyways?), but I feel like this book deserves a few words.

It's simply phenomenal! Sure, it's a bit dated (it was written originally in the 80s and slightly updated in the 90s), but most of the content in it is timeless. The foundational ideas about running a business, building a team, managing a team, etc transcend both time and industries. The only thing that really changes seems to be
Sam Stagg
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"A great deal of a manager's work has to do with allocating resources: manpower, money, and capital. But the single most important resource that we allocate from one day to the next is our own time...How you handle your own time is, in my view, the single most important aspect of being a role model and leader." Andrew S. Grove, High Output Management, Page 53)

Different aspects of management taught in this book. Everything from conducting meetings, performance reviews, motivating employees, keepi
Simon Eskildsen
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Maria Lasprilla
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This classic of management finally made it through my list. I am surprised to see how much the years of experience have actually taught me lessons found in this book that the reading just happened to reinforced, and how only some parts in it were really new to me. Perhaps a bit of the specific approaches, or the formal language in the book do not match the reality I have worked in, or my preference, but the principles behind the work are definitely shared. There is a lot of systematic thinking, ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Before you read this book be aware: it was written in the 80’s. Work and management happened in very different contexts back then. In order to extract value from this book and apply to our context today, you’ll have to embark in a self-reflection journey. It may be confusing and painful, yet it will be worth.

Andy Grove tries to make day-to-day management a science that anyone can grasp. The book is practical and pragmatic. It’s not intended to be read once. It’s more of a manual, to be kept at h
Himanshu Upreti
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
“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.”

High Output Management is a cult classic in Silicon Valley even after more than 30 years of its first publishment. Intel co-founder Andrew Grove was a brilliant CEO (also, Time Person of the Year 1997) and led one of the America’s leading technology companies to unparalleled heights. In this classic "Management to Engineers" book, Andrew breaks down the process
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aude Hofleitner
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read which still feels very relevant even though it was written thirty years ago! Lots of good advice on company organization, efficient meeting, motivation,... I'll definitely go back to the various parts I highlighted while reading ...more
Jun 04, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
High Output Management (1983) by Andy Grove (András Gróf) is a short distillation of Grove’s thoughts on management. Grove was a refugee from Hungary who escaped after 1956. He got a PhD in Chemical Engineering and then was one of the three co-founders of Intel.

High Output Management uses the example of a ‘breakfast factory’ to describe how to deal with a changing organisation. There are Four Sections, the first introduces the breakfast factory, the second is about how management is a team game,
Andres Sanchez
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for practical reasons: I started a new job recently in which I have bigger responsibilities and I'm also working on a personal entrepreneurship project; therefore, I wanted to learn some management skills. Also, this book was widely recommended by some of Tim Ferris guests as the best management book around.

Having said that, this book was eye-opening for me, both as an employee (how to make like easier for your managers) and as someone trying to start something on their own (i
Taufan Satrio
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was initially skeptical of how relevant the teachings would be, given that this book was published 25 years ago. Glad that it proved me wrong: Grove provided lasting insights and takeaways that are largely unaffected by time. For example: 'A manager's output is the output of the people under his responsibility' still holds true even today. Grove also tackles major issues such as meetings, decisions, planning, appraisals, and difficult conversations.

The book is loaded with engineering examples
Jacek Bartczak
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard to rate this book - it was published 35 years ago so many tips probably already spread out via newer books, articles, podcasts and so on. Even I was (and I am) supervised accordingly to those rules so they weren't nothing new for me.

Grove's tips help approach complex problems with simple steps which once used systematically will optimize how a company works and its employees will feel understood. On the hand those rules sound simple, on the other, I know how easily they can be forgot
Eduards Sizovs
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Manager's output = output of the organization under his/her influence. I enjoyed the scientific approach described in this book – you can and should measure things. Even training should have a measurable outcome. 🎓 ...more
Stanislav Zakharov
Jan 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Even with becoming a bit less actual in certain aspects and terms (e.g. output vs outcome) it still stays one of the best books about management ever written, both broad and deep.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Would rate 6/5 if possible.
Aug 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book for everyone managing a team.
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
Chris Raastad
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall, pretty good book, especially for new managers. Basically required reading for any manager of any field. I enjoyed hearing the words from Mr. Grove himself. The book stays surprisingly relevant over the years. I give it 4/5, since there were only 3 groundbreaking ideas I got from the book, the rest made sense and otherwise not life-changing. Easy read.

TLDR: the output of a manager is the output of the individuals or organization of his/her influence or control. I.e. for the CEO that's th
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gavin Oxman
Dec 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Old school book (written in 1982) but has very good lessons that still apply today. I wrote more detailed notes that I am happy to share as well.

What I liked:

1. Tons of examples of how to increase leverage at work (e.g. work smarter, not harder). Talks about how to make the most of things like meetings, trainings, and performance reviews. More effort prepping and conducting these activities can have a huge impact down the line. (e.g. 90 minutes preparing a good perf review can impact an employe
Sebastian Gebski
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was deliberately postponing the reading of Andy Grove's "High Output Mgmt" (despite all recommendations) - what could I learn about mgmt from the book published in 1983, right-o?
When I was about half-way through, I've already realised that - damn, I should have read it 10 yrs ago.

It is absolutely essential. And very far from being outdated (yes, in times of Peopleware, Management 3.0, etc. - all the trends I am familiar with & I totally agree with).

It's hard to list all the particular thoughts
Narendran Thangarajan
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are into a formal/informal managerial role and if work seems completely random and most importantly always incomplete, then this book is for you. If you are not into management, then the chapters on "Management is a team game" and "The Players" should still be super valuable.

Andrew Grove is crystal clear with each of his recommendations and has crisp examples to go along with them. This is a refreshing book if you are bored (like me) with the more recent personal-development and manageme
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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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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