Clearly one of the top 10 CEOs in the last 25 years was Intel co-founder Andy Grove. While CEO from 1987 to 1998, Intel experienced 2,400% increase in stock value. Mr. Grove’s favorite expression and guiding motto was and is “Only the paranoid survive” and he wrote a 1996 book with the same title. Similar comments from Mr. Grove include, “Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction” and “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure.” (see Wikipedia link for more Andy Grove detail)
When I saw this post (click here) on the Apple 2.0 blog, I immediately thought of Andy Grove. Clearly the co-founders of RIM/Blackberry were not “paranoid” as they watched the rise of iPhone or Android. Check out that graph!