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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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    Kourosh 03-29-15
    Kourosh 03-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Intricate Balance!"

    In fact one of the most crucial elemements of todays family life is obtaining the true balance between our personal and family lives and our careers which gets lost in this intricate maze!
    Dr. Clay Christensen raises this alarm which is destroying the fabric of the modern civilizaton while providing the strategic solution to overcome this delicate and intricate balance.

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    Alan Seegrist 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Insightful"

    I listened to this book on Audible and found I had to stop and take notes periodically. This book has helped me rethink the challenges before me and to recommit to being a better person.

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    janine 03-06-15
    janine 03-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Thought provoking."

    I'm a huge fan of Mr Christensen's work in the business domain. Found this application to personal life insightful. Lots of actionable advice.

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    lt 02-13-15
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    "Life Altering"

    This book gave me the opportunity to evaluate what is truly important in my life and gave me a good perspective on how to balance the work vs life challenge. Many thanks to the authors and the useful tools provided in this book. Well worth the time spent listening and I know I will be listening to it again soon.

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    Jose A. Salazar San Jose, CA USA 02-13-15
    Jose A. Salazar San Jose, CA USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Life changing"

    Thought provoking as Christensen, Allworth and Dillion share how and why to construct a purposeful and meaningful life.

    He and they have changed my life, and I will pass lessons learned to my beloved sons.

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    Scott Baker 02-11-15
    Scott Baker 02-11-15
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    "Learn two great things at once"

    This book teaches you great theories behind business strategy and marketing and likens them to life strategy. I'm thinking about it at work and at home. Definitely worth the listen/read, especially if you are a business enthusiast.

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    Abby 01-03-15
    Abby 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Changed My Life"

    This book taught me a lot about how to live deliberately, and provided me with awesome general life advice. Highly recommend it!

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    Michelle 04-01-14
    Michelle 04-01-14

    I love listening and reading books about mindset, entreprenuership, management, leadership, self improvement, and empowerment.

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    "Nothing like what the title suggests :("
    Would you try another book from Clayton M. Christensen and James Allworth and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Probably not


    Would you recommend How Will You Measure Your Life? to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not recommend it unless you own a company, I was expecting the book to be more about strategies to help work out how I want to measure my life.


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

    n/a


    Was How Will You Measure Your Life? worth the listening time?

    Nope, nothing of value to me


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    Kiley United States 02-04-14
    Kiley United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The sooner you listen, the better"
    What did you love best about How Will You Measure Your Life??

    Actionable techniques to evaluate your decisions, goals, and direction in life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Presented in an academic tone, but with relatable stories and anecdotes.


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

    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!


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    Robert Wellesley, MA, United States 07-15-13
    Robert Wellesley, MA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Oh, if only we would all follow his advice!"

    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!).

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