Episode#1 – High Output Management

High Output Management

by Andrew S. Grove


The book in one sentence

How a manager can improve

  • the output of an organisation,
  • a scaling process,
  • her- or himself,
  • her or his team and
  • an individual employee.


My personal opinion

High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove is a great book! Only few books bring the basics straight to the point like this one!

Even if the first edition of the book is more than 30 years old, it brings up so many business and management principles which are still valid today. This is a must-read!


To whom I would recommend this book

Since the book describes many fundamental ideas, I recommend it to everyone who starts working after university. It is really helpful to understand how a company basically operates and to understand the role of a manager.

Moreover, it serves as a good refresher for all performing team leads or future managers.


What I learned from this book

  • Focus on your strengths.
  • Being second best is just not good enough.
  • One of the biggest competitive advantages is “time to value”.
  • Globalisation means that “anything that can be done will be done – if not by you, then by someone else.”
  • Everyone is the CEO of her or his own life.
  • Everybody in a company is producing output and has an external or internal customer.
  • Think about your own competitive advantage.
  • Nobody owes you a career.
  • It is not about how smart a manager is. It is about how efficient and effective she or he can transfer her or his knowledge to the team.
  • Detect and fix a problem at the lowest-value stage possible.
  • Key performance indicators should measure the output, the result, and not the activity.
  • Be a role model in managing your time.
  • A performance review of an employee is to improve her or his performance. It is not about the manager.


Want to read this book?

Check it out on Amazon.com – High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove



Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!