In 2010, world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness.
The speech was memorable not only because it was deeply revealing but also because it came at a time of intense personal reflection: Christensen had just overcome the same type of cancer that had taken his father's life. As Christensen struggled with the disease, the question "How do you measure your life?" became more urgent and poignant, and he began to share his insights more widely with family, friends, and students.
In this groundbreaking book, Christensen puts forth a series of questions: How can I be sure that I'll find satisfaction in my career? How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness? How can I avoid compromising my integrity - and stay out of jail? Using lessons from some of the world's greatest businesses, he provides incredible insights into these challenging questions.
How Will You Measure Your Life? is full of inspiration and wisdom, and will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.
©2012 Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Clay Christensen's work culminates in generalization of the principals he first described in his book The Innovator's Solution. This time his focus moves from disruptive business models to the application of the "Job to be done" theory on a personal level. Narration is illustrated with some of the same business case studies used in his previous books, but is tied back to the personal level by stories and experiences from Clay's own life.
I have always admired the motto: "There's nothing more practical then a good theory." This book certainly delivers an excellent lens to look at your life and gives you good grip to steer it where you want to. Highly recommended!
Cliche title, I know. But it couldn't be more true. Everyone should read How You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen. A fascinating and unique approach to self-help. For extremely logical people, like me, I connected with it on so many levels! And learned something about business theory as well!
Christensen is awesome! He is a great teacher, author, speaker, husband, father, and man of God. I have a strong appreciation for how he weaves his professional and personal life together into a powerful call to action. Read or listen to his other books, too!
I would definitely listen to this book again. For those who are wondering about work/life balance and are interested in the case study method, this is an excellent book. Professor Christensen does a great job of communicating his class into book form.
Actionable techniques to evaluate your decisions, goals, and direction in life.
Presented in an academic tone, but with relatable stories and anecdotes.
I got so much out of this book that I immediately recommended it to my family, a handful of close friends, and I may re-read it!
Clayton Christensen is THE guy when it comes to innovative thinking. He was the most influential management expert in 2011. THIS is the book that perhaps has defined his path. The nuggets of gold within this text are both earth-shatteringly simplistic and amazingly insightful. You will not leave this book without at least ten excellent ways to improve what you're doing on a daily basis. It's not a self help book, it's an introspective tome with huge insight.
Great work with emphasis on long term relationships and not short term relationships and focus on family is the key message of the book. Must read a classic
Clay Christensen is a wise and thoughtful man. And this application of business principles to career and life is an interesting and provocative idea. In essence, Professor Christensen argues that we should live a life of purpose, plan our careers as we would a business strategy, and then be ready to adapt to the unexpected.
In some cases, I found myself distracted by some of the differences between a business strategy and a life strategy. Yet, I think part of the value added here is putting life and career planning into terms that senior executives find comfortable and familiar.
The reading is nice, though I sometimes found my mind wandering. Not sure if that's me, the reading, or the content. But it was a great use of time, with advice I intend to follow (but, like most people, probably won't!).
Yes. I think this book has some tried and true principles that one must listen to multiple times to apply.
There are many ideas from this book that I will remember. The idea that stuck out to me the most was Christensen's resource theory, the idea that we have a limited amount of time and money to dedicate to our priorities. I was startled to see the disconnect between my where I spend my resources and what I believe are my priorities.
This book is a thought-provoking weave of HBR cases with personal situations and theory from 'The' disruptive innovator: Clayton Christensen. Would highly recommend to anyone, especially those early on in their work/life journey. The book not only made me re-think about how I should allocate my most precious resource of time, but also made me re-evaluate how I measured and thought about my definition of life success.
Engaging, well-written and innovative... a must read.
"Disappointed with the content"
Too clutter ideas. Sometimes lost in chapters because the essence failed to capture me. The title thrills me but the content was disappointing to me
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