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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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    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 06-03-13
    Jessica Providence, UT, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pavol 06-11-12
    Pavol 06-11-12
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    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Frank Indianapolis, IN 10-27-12
    J. Frank Indianapolis, IN 10-27-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Christensen is a role model in all aspects of life"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


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    Chucky Boy UT USA 06-11-12
    Chucky Boy UT USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2007

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    Would you listen to How Will You Measure Your Life? again? Why?

    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.


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    Benjamin W. 01-27-14
    Benjamin W. 01-27-14
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    "Common Sense, yet inspiring and eye-opening"
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    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.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 12-11-13
    Al San Francisco, CA 12-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Manifesto of how to live one's life"

    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

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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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Logan Salt Lake City 04-01-13
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    Would you listen to How Will You Measure Your Life? again? Why?

    Yes. I think this book has some tried and true principles that one must listen to multiple times to apply.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


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    "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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