High Output Management Book Summary

by Accessory To Success August 07, 2021

High Output Management Book Summary

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Main Takeaway

A manager’s output is not individual work but rather the output of the people supervised or influenced. With a focus on middle managers, measuring a manager’s success should be based on how much and the quality of the supervised and influenced team outputs, requiring a process that ensures each team member has the resources needed to succeed. A middle manager is defined as anyone, not just designated managers, in the organization who oversees a team or influences others through knowledge and expertise. Motivating and teaching are the high-leverage manager activities that generate high team output because these two actions help individuals attain peak performance.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to plan today to get the desired output in the future
  • Middle managers and organizational people with influence are important sources of ideas, knowledge and skills
  • The output-oriented approach to management
  • Managerial leverage measures the impact of what managers do to increase team output
  • How to maintain the individual competitive advantage
  • Importance of training employees according to their needs and not expecting them to figure things out on their own
  • Need for measurements of physical outputs paired with quality metrics
  • Formula for a manager’s true output
  • Formula for linking managerial output to managerial activity
  • Conducting effective performance reviews
  • Strategies for increasing managerial productivity through team members
  • A list of steps a manager can take to ensure time is spent on the most important tasks which are the ones that increase organizational performance in the final analysis
  • A decision-making process that leads to value-adding outputs
  • A delegation process that matches the task-relevant maturity of team members

The Book Summary

In the introduction to High Output Management, Andrew Grove presents the motto he advocates for managers. He writes, “Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.” This motto reflects the dynamic business environment that existed then and now and the role of managers in finding order in the chaos. His advice is focused on middle managers – the people who are designated managers and those who are influencers through knowledge and expertise within an organization.
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