As the world remembers Andy Grove for shaping Silicon Valley into the somewhat paranoid and confrontational powerhouse it is today, there is a much softer undertone of his legacy that is largely missing from the dialogue today.
“Only the paranoid survive” is a sound bite we use over and over again yet it doesn’t adequately capture the more well-rounded ethos of leadership that Grove and Intel embodied.
By all accounts Grove was feared and revered as many great CEOs are. Just like Bill Gates he was brainy but in a brilliantly inspiring way. With his slight frame, wiry intensity, intellectual rigor, and his signature Hungarian accent he was uniquely unassuming yet charismatic. Stories abound about his confrontational style and “take no prisoners” attitude, but one did not have to look hard to witness a different side of him and his Intel as well. Huffington Post