ONE-ON-ONE WITH ANDY GROVE: How to Manage Your Boss, Yourself and Your Coworkers by Andrew S. Grove

ONE-ON-ONE WITH ANDY GROVE: How to Manage Your Boss, Yourself and Your Coworkers

Email this review


Grove, president of Intel (a leading supplier of semiconductor devices) and author of High Output Management (1983), is also a columnist for the Knight-Ridder syndicate. Here he offers a loosely linked compilation of his newspaper pieces which dispense specific, if sketchy, counsel to readers with job-related problems. Through the Q&A columns, Grove addresses a wealth of workplace concerns that range from the risks of embracing quick-fix management fads through the presumptive rewards of keeping superiors and subordinates informed. Unfortunately, he's the prisoner of a Dear-Abby format that forces him to respond to the varied queries of upper-echelon executives and middle managers as well as underlings. The result is a largely unfocused collection of advisories that amounts to rather less than the sum of its short-take parts. Nonetheless, the text is not without dividends for patient readers, and Grove emerges as a get-on-with-it sort who seldom hesitates to call spades bloody shovels. To illustrate, he bluntly apprises an incipient MBA who aspires to make policy--and megabucks--as soon as he graduates that classroom knowledge is decidedly less valuable than real-world experience. Along similar lines, the author dismisses participatory management as a trendy phrase for what any competent businessperson does routinely, i.e., consult with those who will be affected by a decision before making it. By contrast, Grove appears oddly tentative dealing with touchy issues like drug testing and sexual harassment on the job. The bottom line: a few nuggets for employees and employers, but a full measure of dross as well.

Pub Date: June 10th, 1987
Publisher: Putnam