Intensity of Culture by Andy Grove

“…ferocious arguing and disagreement about ideas in the pursuit of new knowledge

Andy Grove (CEO of Intel quoted in 1996)

Andy Grove was one of the first employees at Intel who was promoted to president in 1979. During his time as president the company grew to become the world’s 7th largest company.

This quote is in context of describing the intensity of culture within the organization and gives us a window into the culture he helped forge during the company’s period of incredible growth.

It feels like it should be part of a manifesto somewhere.

Remarkable leadership from Robert Kennedy

 

Robert Kennedy shows incredible leadership in taking immediate steps to guide the nation moments after receiving the devastating news of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Delivering his quickly formulated speech on top of a flatbed truck he was able to influence the nation to turn away from revenge that seemed so naturally plausible at the time. He ends his speech with:

 

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”

 

Leadership lessons from his example are:

1. Take the risk when the message demands it

Robert  Kennedy disregarded fear driven concerns over his safety. The outcome, peace and unity, was worth the personal risk.

2. Lead fast when people are hurting

Hurt is a strong behavioral changing force. It can turn decent men into violent ones and it can turn violent men into accepting a level of peace. By acting quickly, formulating a message of peace and motivating for unity, Robert Kennedy was able to influence masses into choosing a path of common prosperity.