One of the best management books written by one of the best Leaders in tech – Andy Grove.
When I read this though, I wonder at one point did Intel get so far off track? Of course Intel has had to pivot before to survive and it looks like they will have to figure out a way to pivot again.
I realize I am finding it harder and harder to learn new things and have to carefully pick what I want to spend time studying. I do my best to keep up with tech trends, companies and protocols but I find playing around with code to suck up a lot of time. However I keep trying. What I do like is continually studying leadership since I feel like I can put it work quickly and it will impact many people.
So far this is feeling like one of the books that will add to my repertoire.
Trying to read as much as I can over the break but I am always reminded of the difference in a good book versus an okay book. What happens to me is a good book I can’t stop reading and will keep going back to it day after day till I finish it. A mediocre book, I will try to get through few chapters, skip around a bit and then never finish it. I have a bunch of this books in a bag that I will drop off at the GoodWill store this week.
With Amp It Up. I could not put it down and powered through over a few days. It was great, took a lot of notes and have suggested it personally to others to read.
I won’t reveal spoilers or give you the highlights but here is some the points:
It’s not a long read – which is good
Frank lays out the points he is going to cover in the beginning and nails all of them
Lots of real-world examples
Lots of actionable things I can apply to business tactics or leaderships ideas
Most books are too long, talk too much around ideas and are not concise.
It’s a good read but I lost interest towards the end but that happens in a lot of books. Most are always a chapter or two, too long.
I also felt by the 3/4 mark I had gotten the gist and was more interested in putting some of it in action.
The gist is try to raise nice kids who are independent. Worthy goal but look around and most kids miss the mark. Mine included but there was some good advice for how to fix it.
Singapore is a weird place for this since one would think given the safety of the country that this would be a perfect place to raise independent kids but yet the country and the system tends to coddle kids way too much.
Small story. I had to go to the public primary school and argue a bit to allow my 6 year old, primary one daughter, to go home on public transit alone. So many kids are picked up by parents, helpers or put on expensive private buses that they seem to find allowing a kid to go home by herself to be a strange concept. I get the whole safety thing but this is Singapore and kids should know how to get themselves home. It is funny to me when my kids argue with a fellow student over tuition or test scores but yet these same kids can’t tell you how to use the public transit system to get to their own home. My kids don’t have smart phones either so they know how to from reading the maps and figuring it out.
My point is that this is a country that we can take advantage of to build more independent kids.
I learned a lot from the book and I have more work to do at home.
If anyone wants a refreshing take on it then this book is for you.