Summary of Only the Paranoid Survive

How to Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge Every Company

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Only the Paranoid Survive book summary
When your product no longer fits the market, that's a strategic inflection point. Will you save your firm or sabotage it?


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Part business memoir and part corporate-strategy guide, Andrew S. Grove's insightful book gives the reader an inside look at how microprocessor giant Intel prospered in one of the most competitive industries on earth. Grove writes candidly about the moments when he had to admit his company was simply failing to keep up with the competition. His response: to undertake drastic changes in his organization. Grove writes about what it is like to lead a company out of the wilderness of change and into safer, more secure markets. He also introduces useful tools and ideas that will help the next generation of corporate scions stay ahead in times of rapid change. Face it: Someone, somewhere is plotting right now how to outperform your company in the marketplace. That's why getAbstract heartily recommends this book for those who are paranoid – and for those who ought to be.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why strategic inflection points can make or break your business
  • How to spot one before it hits you
  • How to make your corporate culture more resilient and adaptive
  • How to protect your career during times of great change


Proper Inflection
November 22, 1994, is the day Andy Grove, then CEO of Intel, began his own experience with what he would later come to call a "strategic inflection point."

His assistant phoned to tell him that a CNN news crew was coming over to work on a story......
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About the Author

Andrew S. Grove is the former CEO and current chairman of the board of Intel. He is a Hungarian emigrant, having come to the U.S. in 1956. In 1997, he was named Time magazine's "Man of the Year." Grove teaches at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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