Computers have become a major part of our personal and business life. There are several professionals who made an impact on the computer industry, however in this paper I will only be comparing and contrasting two professional CEO’s: Michael Dell the founder of Dell Computers Inc., and Andy Grove the co-founder of Intel Inc. The information will be from chapters 2 and 5from a book by Jeffery A. Krames (2003), What the Best CEOS Know: 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming Any Business. I will be discussing their contributions to their field, the resistance they encountered, their similarities and differences, then finish up with the factors that impacted their success. ...view middle of the document...
Andy Gore encountered two resistances. First encounter is when Japan started making higher quality memory chips at a cheaper price, this led to the Intel dropping out of the memory chip business, and starting over with a new product called microprocessors (Krames, 2003, pp. 137). The second encounter was due to IBM cancelling all their order of Pentium-based computers; this resistance is known as what Groves calls “Strategy inflection point (SIP)” aka “10x change” (Krames, 2003). The10x change “means that the magnitude of the change is 10 times that of the changes that the business has been accustomed to” (Krames, 2003, pp.140-141).
Similarities among Professionals
Michael Dell and Andy Grove both revolutionized the computer industry (Krames, 2003). They both took the initiative to think outside the box and to take on an entrepreneur perspective by take risks, which in turn made them successful in their fields.
Differences between Professionals
The differences between these two men are; their views on the critical roles of culture and how they apply these changes to their companies. Dell’s company culture is performance-oriented-if you do not show some kind of an initiative along with some results and you will be dismissed (Krames, 2003, p.42). Gore believes the company culture is a necessity to uphold a competitive edge. His view is to “install fear” not...