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How Will You Measure Your Life? | [Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth]

How Will You Measure Your Life?

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. Full of inspiration and wisdom, this book will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.
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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

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    Joshua Pleasant Prairie, WI, United States 03-29-13
    Joshua Pleasant Prairie, WI, United States 03-29-13
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    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.

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    Steve Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-19-13
    Steve Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    Where does How Will You Measure Your Life? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The audio format allowed me to listen while working out. There were a few areas where I would have like to have re-read, so maybe this book would be a good one to have on both audio and tablet or book format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lessons on how to attempt to integrate a high performance professional life with a high quality personal life.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like driving with cruise control, he got me through the parts when I would have taken my foot off the gas.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The realization that this book could only have been written after a life of reflection and consideration.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I read it when I was a young father - although my daughter turned out wonderful anyway!

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    L. Layton 01-21-13
    L. Layton 01-21-13
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    "Great insights into human nature"
    What made the experience of listening to How Will You Measure Your Life? the most enjoyable?

    Ideas were shared that caused me to re-evaluate my approach to working with people.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff read it as though he was the one who researched the concepts.


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    ChristaJeanne Orem, UT 01-21-13
    ChristaJeanne Orem, UT 01-21-13

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    "A Must-Read for Life Planning"
    If you could sum up How Will You Measure Your Life? in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing insight for planning a life that will count at its end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Christensen and his coauthors do a fabulous job of applying business models and theories to mapping out one's personal life. It's brilliantly put together - I listened on a road trip and furiously jotted down notes every time I stopped. I'm planning to put in practice many of the strategies they outline for wisely planning out a life that will be rich in what matters most instead of looking at climbing the corporate ladder as "success."


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Woodman was a wonderful narrator - clear and easy to listen to.


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    Pradeep Singapore, Singapore 01-15-13
    Pradeep Singapore, Singapore 01-15-13
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    "A Great book"

    This is a life changing book. Christensen takes business theories and seamlessly maps them in personal-professional realm. Highly recommended.

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    Erick CHEVY CHASE, MD, United States 01-05-13
    Erick CHEVY CHASE, MD, United States 01-05-13
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    "A must read if you want to live your live fully"
    What did you love best about How Will You Measure Your Life??

    It was an easy book to listen, entertaining and full of ideas you can apply to make your life better. Short book that get to the point.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Make me smile and changed the view of life.


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    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 11-28-12
    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 11-28-12
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    "Something to think about"

    To think about the path we are taking in our lives and have some ideas about how to ask ourselves if we are doing what we really want to do. Good analogies with business language and models.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    Takes his business theories and tries to map them to life. Interesting but lacked direction. Overall this audio is short with a few good ideas that will make you think.

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    gustavo Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-02-12
    gustavo Ann Arbor, MI, United States 10-02-12
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    Where does How Will You Measure Your Life? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare How Will You Measure Your Life? to and why?

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Very enterteinment and usefull insight.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    C. Christiansen


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How will you meassure your life?


    Any additional comments?

    Very recommended

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    F. Csatlos US 09-04-12
    F. Csatlos US 09-04-12
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    "One of the greatest book I've read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great book. Really makes you think what is important in life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    parallel comparison between professional career and personal life (accomplishments)


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