Mike Ashley

Management Bookshelf

December 25, 2018

I’ve read many management books over the years. Some were bad, and some were good. I read High Output Management by Andy Grove and discovered that this one book captures almost every important aspect of managing R&D organizations. What other authors cover in whole books, Grove covers in just pages.

If you read only one book, read High Output Management. From there you can explore topics in detail if you want.

Measure What Matters
Goes into more depth on Chapter 6, "Planning: Today's Actions for Tomorrow's Output."
Leadership and the One Minute Manager
Goes into more depth on Chapters 11: "The Sports Analogy" and 12: "Task-Relevant Maturity." This is also called </i>situational leadership</i>, and Danaher offers training on this.

Chapter 4: “Meetings – The Medium of Managerial Work” and Chapter 5: “Decisions, Decisions” are so core to managerial leverage that I have two books to recommend on how teams can communicate and make decisions effectively.

The book Crucial Conversations covers difficult discussions whether they occur in meetings (Chapters 4-5), performance reviews (Chapter 13), or the dreaded “I quit” (Chapter 14). Danaher offers training on crucial conversations.

The last book I recommend is The Innovator’s DNA. Grove doesn’t explicitly address innovation in High Output Management. However, the core tools you need are there: the one-on-one meeting and management-by-objective (MBO). I’ll be the first to say my organization could use better KPIs and standard work that make space for innovators.