I first read the book High Output Management by former Intel CEO Andy Grove 2 years ago. Since then, I have regularly revisited certain chapters whenever I faced a problem that was addressed in the book.
It is the most practical book that I have read on management. Andy has an amazing ability to solve management problems which appear complex at the surface by identifying the system dynamics which govern these problems, and thinking about each component of the system in isolation and how they interact with one another. He uses this approach to offer practical recommendations in areas like how a manager can increase the output of their organization, and the related question of how a manager should allocate their time across different activities.
Ben Horowitz recently wrote the foreword to the new edition of High Output Management. If you like the examples in the foreword, you’ll love the book.