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How Will You Measure Your Life? [Kindle Edition]

Clayton M. Christensen , James Allworth , Karen Dillon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)

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From the world’s leading thinker on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, notably the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him, is widely recognized as one of the most significant business books ever published. Now, in the tradition of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life is with a book of lucid observations and penetrating insights designed to help any reader—student or teacher, mid-career professional or retiree, parent or child—forge their own paths to fulfillment.


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"If you're ready to get deep, real quick, you need to read Clay Christensen's new book, How Will You Measure Your Life?, co-written with James Allworth, a consultant and Harvard MBA, and Karen Dillon, former editor of the Harvard Business Review. It mixes tested business theories and a heap of common sense. It's one of the more surprisingly powerful books of personal philosophy of the 21st century." Forbes "How Will You Measure Your Life? is an intriguing paradox. A self-help book that is not a self-help book, based on rigorous research but enlivened by anecdotes about the experiences of a man who is hailed as a model by his students. It neatly reverses the technique of those business bestsellers that use the lives and careers of great leaders - from Attila the Hun to General George Patton - to lay down timeless rules for corporate executives." Financial Times "[A] highly engaging and intensely revealing work...Spiritual without being preachy, this work is especially relevant for young people embarking on their career, but also useful for anyone who wants to live a more meaningful life in accordance with their values." Publishers Weekly "The book encapsulates Christensen's best advice to keep high achievers from being disrupted in their own lives...[P]rovocative but reassuring: Peter Drucker meets Mitch Albom." Bloomberg Businessweek Praise for The Innovator's Dilemma: "Addresses a tough problem that most successful companies will face eventually. It's lucid, analytical-and scary." Dr. Andrew S. Grove, Chairman, Intel Corporation "The Innovator's Dilemma is absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in business or entrepreneurship." Michael R. Bloomberg, CEO and Founder, Bloomberg Financial Markets

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"If you're ready to get deep, real quick, you need to read Clay Christensen's new book, How Will You Measure Your Life?, co-written with James Allworth, a consultant and Harvard MBA, and Karen Dillon, former editor of the Harvard Business Review. It mixes tested business theories and a heap of common sense. It's one of the more surprisingly powerful books of personal philosophy of the 21st century." Forbes "How Will You Measure Your Life? is an intriguing paradox. A self-help book that is not a self-help book, based on rigorous research but enlivened by anecdotes about the experiences of a man who is hailed as a model by his students. It neatly reverses the technique of those business bestsellers that use the lives and careers of great leaders - from Attila the Hun to General George Patton - to lay down timeless rules for corporate executives." Financial Times "[A] highly engaging and intensely revealing work...Spiritual without being preachy, this work is especially relevant for young people embarking on their career, but also useful for anyone who wants to live a more meaningful life in accordance with their values." Publishers Weekly "The book encapsulates Christensen,s best advice to keep high achievers from being disrupted in their own lives...[P]rovocative but reassuring: Peter Drucker meets Mitch Albom." Bloomberg Businessweek Praise for The Innovator,s Dilemma: "Addresses a tough problem that most successful companies will face eventually. It's lucid, analytical-and scary." Dr. Andrew S. Grove, Chairman, Intel Corporation "The Innovator's Dilemma is absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in business or entrepreneurship." Michael R. Bloomberg, CEO and Founder, Bloomberg Financial Markets

Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ID0CH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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201 of 215 people found the following review helpful
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Christensen is one of the deepest thinkers and most thoughtful people I have had the pleasure to meet or hear present. Those traits of deep integrity, thought, consideration come through in this book. However, the title will be misleading as this is not another self help book, nor it is an attempt for Christensen to break into the Tuesday with Morrie crowd. Rather, Christensen turns his considerable intellect and experience to perhaps the most fundamental question of all -- why are we here and how do we know we are making a difference. The book is exceptional in its combination of deep feeling that is personal and experiential alongside deeper thought and business experience.

This is a business view of life, not in terms of profit or loss, but more in terms of ideals, ethics, integrity and brutal honesty about yourself, who you are and where you are going. Such deep moral subject matter could be dry and preachy, but Christensen and his co-authors are anything but. They explain their position in a series of theories -- simple ideas that you can use as tools to inspect and apply to your own experience. They avoid simple formulaic answers like you would find in some books and generic principles about success contained in others. This is a book that exposes the theory behind the issues below, the sources of conventional business and management wisdom and offers new ways of thinking about these important issues.
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256 of 279 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Self-Help Book disguised in Academic Language June 8, 2012
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How Will You Measure Your Life aims to be a fluff free piece on finding purpose and happiness in your life. To achieve this, Christensen examines how businesses thrive and fail, turning those examples as lessons for our personal lives. He breaks down the book into 3 parts:

1. FINDING HAPPINESS IN YOUR CAREER--Readers familiar with the book "Drive" by Daniel Pink or the two factor theory will find similar advice here. Most people think getting rewards for jobs (i.e. money, benefits, vacation) will increase happiness. Instead these factors merely reduce dissatisfaction. Whereas, Challenging work, recognition, and responsibility will increase our satisfaction in a job. Christensen urges us not to focus on the result of our career, but on the process (which is a running theme throughout the book). I felt this simple cliche was clouded in Academic language. When I state "Academic," - I merely mean using too many words or new jargon to describe simple concepts. For example, he states if you are currently unhappy in your job, try out new things on the side or use an "emergent strategy," while if you are happy in your career, use a "deliberate strategy" to get better. Despite using the words "emergent", "deliberate", and "strategy", I felt this was pretty common advice.

2. FINDING HAPPINESS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS--this section is particularly useful if you are a parent, as much of part II is dedicated to raising better children. Instead of rewarding children for the result (i.e. getting an A), we should congratulate them on their work ethic. I found the point of treating ourselves and people in our lives as "jobs" a particularly fascinating way to look at life. For example, we "hire" school so children can feel successful and have friends.
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116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - May 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book grew out of Christensen's address to the HBS Class of 2010. When they entered the school our economy was strong and their ambitions could be limitless. Then came an economic tailspin that we've named the 'Great Recession.' His address to the graduates, and the focus of this book, centered on how to apply his principles to their personal lives.

His first key point is that when people ask what he thinks they should do, he has learned to rarely directly answer their question. Instead, he runs the question through one of his models involving an industry quite different from their own. Then, more often than not, they'll say "I get it,' and answer their own question more insight fully than he believes he could have.

On the last day of class Christensen asks his students to apply the models he's presented during the course to themselves to answer three questions: 1)How can I be sure I'll be happy in my career? 2)How can I be certain my relationships with my family become an enduring source of happiness. 3)How can I be certain I'll stay out of jail. (Not a facetious question - Jeff Skilling was Christensen's classmate at HBS, and two of the 32 in his Rhodes scholar class spend time in jail.)

Addressing the first question, Christensen references Frederick Herzberg's assertion that money isn't the most powerful motivator in our lives - it's the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements. He also points out that if management is practiced well it helps others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized. Doing business deals doesn't provide the deep rewards that come from building up people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good advices for those seeking to re-evaluate your professional life
I've always thought professional and personal lives could not be seen as separate things. But this book went one step further: by applying business administration insights, and... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Elio Asano
5.0 out of 5 stars This is for every one
This book has to be read by each individual, some great insights/examples about how to tackle day to day challenges that we face at every juncture in our life.
Published 3 days ago by Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars A good view of both strategy and career
This book helped me gain a better understanding of broader strategic issues as well as my own career direction. I thought it was well written and very readable.
Published 12 days ago by Fo Po
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...!
This is the answer to life-work dilemma. This is the last word.

Clearly written very valuable resource for work and family
Published 12 days ago by Jose Luis Calderon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lecture!
Authors provide a wide perspective of the life, looking from the Family point of view and extended it to the Professional career point of view. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool!. The author has the ability to express deep, thoughtful...
I got to this book by recommendation. Taking a big decision in my life and deciding which new road to take, the book came as a very valuable way to evaluate and deeply think about... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Benjamin Mares
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
The book is full of gems of wisdom that counter many of today's short-sighted goals and practices. Highly recommended! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Musikus
5.0 out of 5 stars A true book from a true man
Linkages are excellent, real world scenarios linked to high level concepts makes digesting the concepts so easy. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Hans Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, a must read.
This book applies well tested business theories to help you define your purpose in life. Mr. Christensen says that while people focuses on incentives, happiness is ultimately based... Read more
Published 27 days ago by J. Tellez Rosas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
With all the pressure in this world to keep up with the Jones, Clayton is able to clearly put in writing what is important in life and business. Read more
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