High Output Management – Andrew S. Grove

One of the best business books I’ve read in a long time.  Short book, common sense and to the point.  Written by Andrew Grove former CEO of Intel.

I would challenge anyone to review their own workplace, their own work practices using some of Grove’s ideas.

Liked the simple idea on the manager’s preparation for decision making:

  1. What decision needs to be made?

    English: Portrait of Andrew Grove.
    English: Portrait of Andrew Grove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  2. When does it have to be made?
  3. Who will decide?
  4. Who will need to be consulted prior to making the decision?
  5. Who will ratify or veto the dcision
  6. Who will need to be informed of the decision?
Pity it does not happen more often.
On meetings I think he is right: two types.  Are we talking of a process oriented meeting (one-on-one, staff meetings, operations reviews) or a mission-oriented meeting?
The discussion of hybrid organisations and dual reporting is straightforward and recognises the reality of how many businesses need to be structured.
Liked the honesty of his section on performance appraisal. And his clarity on the importance of this process, the need for preparation and the rationale for the process in the first instance.
Not sure I fully agreed with him on his views on trying to retain people who say they are going to leave.
Finally – he is very clear on the manager’s role and responsibility for training – including preparation and delivery of training. I would see this as a major failing with many managers in industry.  And a major missed opportunity.

 

 

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Entrepreneurs – born, fostered or made?

I have worked with a number of different enterpreneurs over the years – in very different sectors (High tech, Catering, Engineering, Pharma).  What distinguished them from others?

The majority had worked for someone else, had seen something they thought they could do better and had the self belief and energy to get out and try to do it for themselves.  Some succeeded, some failed in their venture but most of them are back doing the next one.  They may have had to regroup, take a job, find some time to catch up with the family, but they are looking to get back in the game.

Read David Rowan’s piece about the Paddy Cosgrave F.ounders events.  Have attended a number of Paddy’s events and rubbed shoulders with, chatted with, listened to various entrepreneurs.  Interesting the Rowan references some ideas around the fostering of enterpreneurs – families encouraging kids down certain paths. I suppose this is not really that surprising – when I see the number of excellent sports people who have been started early by their parents.  Why would this not apply in business/ development of entrepreneurs.

Attended a seminar last night about preventing injury in sport – by identifying imbalances/ weaknesses in sports people early on and looking to rebalance these.  I wonder does this potentially have application in business?

At the end of the day I do believe  it has to be in your heart, in your makeup.  So many people see things they could do better but for any number of reasons choose to focus on something else.  However education and development systems which encourage people to think through alternatives, think about how they might develop/ implement the alternatives, will help foster entrepreneurs.

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