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!
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.
Clay Christensen, a leading business thinker of our time, missed the boat here, by a wide margin. After a terrific intro, the book ends up being a summary of Christensen's business research with instructions on how folks can use it to help them chart a course in life. Weaved throughout are bits of Christensen's memoir. I think the failure here was publishing a book that was part business, part self-help and part memoir. Separately, the three would be terrific. Combined, it just doesn't work.
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.
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.
The lessons on how to attempt to integrate a high performance professional life with a high quality personal life.
Like driving with cruise control, he got me through the parts when I would have taken my foot off the gas.
The realization that this book could only have been written after a life of reflection and consideration.
Wish I read it when I was a young father - although my daughter turned out wonderful anyway!
Ideas were shared that caused me to re-evaluate my approach to working with people.
Jeff read it as though he was the one who researched the concepts.
Amazing insight for planning a life that will count at its end.
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."
Woodman was a wonderful narrator - clear and easy to listen to.
This is a life changing book. Christensen takes business theories and seamlessly maps them in personal-professional realm. Highly recommended.
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