How Will You Measure Your Life?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
We read this book as part of a "topics in management" book club I began in my place of work. Some of the initial criteria for our book choices were readability (short enough so that people could get through them in a month without being overwhelmed) and applicability (we could learn about ourselves and expand our ideas of how to develop our careers). This book met both criteria for the club and the topic spoke to me on a personal level as well.
The book is an interesting read that combines valuable theories of business,case studies illustrating those theories, and a transition on how one can apply those theories to one's life to develop a better sense of purpose and a strategy to balance career and familial aspirations.
I found many of the ideas in the book intriguing and enlightening- particularly the idea of deliberate versus emergent strategy in daily life and pursuing personally fulfilling life. Using this metaphor, one can really assess the path of their life to the present and ascertain some potential directions for moving forward.
I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to better establish a balance in their life and to understand some interesting business principles in the meantime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
I recommend this to all Management majors. Whether your focus be accounting, finance, marketing, etc. You should read this book. The theories he compares his life to will be very similar but there is a life lesson with all of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
This book really gave me some perspective about life in general, it's really easy to read and gives you a lot to think about. For anyone who feels lost and for those who think they've found themselves in the world, it's still a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
The strength and value of Christensen's theories on innovation and sustainability for companies are undisputed. The same theories applied to your life, is new. I thoroughly enjoyed the book because it a) provided a nice repetition of the theories and b) explained nicely how they can be applied in our personal lives.

My key takes were two: How organizational culture and family culture can be thought of in the same way and that "outsourcing" the upbringing of your children to a third party, does not make sense, and how maximizing KPIs in the short run may make sense but in the long run put the company in jeopardy. The latter point turned to private life is all about making the right short-term choices that makes you stay focused on the long-term goal.

Business schools are great at providing students with skills. We expose them to implementation issues but fail when it comes to providing them with values. This book can be an excellent introduction to values in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
Nice discussion of business concepts as applied to life. Much of the content resonated with me. Having several kids each in an array of activities, I felt a little guilty when the book was discussing the outsourcing of our parenting. :-) The religious references in the book were present, but not too overbearing as to turn me away.

All in all, a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years and as someone whose book A Simple Guide To A Happier Life A Simple Guide To A Happier Life talks in many ways about how to lead a live that matters, I must say that this book addresses so many of the issues clients come to me with. Now I have a wonderful resource to recommend to them.

I'd been searching for a while for a book like this one so when I came across How Will You Measure Your Life? I ordered it immediately (thank God for Kindle!)and began reading it at once. I was so impressed with its honest and compassionate information.

If you really want to take a good,hard look at what you're doing with your life, then this is the book to read. Honestly, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Thank you so much, Dr. Christensen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2012
As far as self-help books go, this one is quite original. The author teaches business management at university and applies business management theories to personal growth and development. The book is divided into three sections - career, family and staying out of jail (how to live a moral life). Although the author comes from business background and mainly addresses people working in corporate environment, his advice can be used by anyone.

A typical section starts with the author discussing business management theories, giving examples on how these theories played out in such and such company and then proceeding to explain how these theories can be applied to individuals. I am not a business management professional, so I don't know if his theories are valid, but the way he applies them to individuals makes sense.

Generally speaking, the message that the author is trying to get across is that in life we must discover what we love to do and what kind of person we want to be. Then we have to work hard towards achieving that goal. If we do something only for the sake of money, prestige and/or career advancement, it won't take long before we start to resent our life and feel miserable.

In family life, maintaining good, loving relationships is key. Quite often keeping our loved ones happy is hard work and we do not see the results for long time, but in the long term it is well worth it. Sacrificing family for the sake of making money and career advancement never pays off. Sooner or later the family leaves you and then you are left with the money and the career and you realize it was not worth it.

It certainly does not sound revolutionary and it is a rehash of the old "money can't buy you happiness" proverb, but then again, isn't the proverb true?

The book is certainly quite interesting. Not only as a self-help book, but as an fascinating, easy to understand read about business management. I myself am not a manager in any sense of that word, but I found it easy to understand and quite helpful in my private and professional life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2012
This book will change you. It will definitely leave a mark on you and impact the way you will think and behave. I have never believed in such books or self-help stuff or advice books. I heard the author speak about this book on Hugh Hewitt show and decided to buy it. I am changed by merely reading this book. I mean my outlook on life has slightly changed. This is an amazingly fresh book on topics that we barely think or talk about. Highly recommended. 5/5
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
This book is a must-read for anyone afraid of disrupting their own lives. Christensen, Allworth, and Dillon, provide an insightful, practical, and analytical framework that will give you a new lens upon which to approach the decisions you face in your day-to-day life. Like Professor Christensen himself, it is not a 'preachy' read, rather, it is a humble, sincere, inclusive, and honest guide to asking the right questions when faced with decisions both big and small in your life.
It is a delight and surprising page turner as the authors outline how business strategy can be applied to larger questions of meaning.
We don't usually give as much thought to the analytical framework of our own lives as we do in our professional capacities, this book will get you on your way to focusing your energy and critical thinking on a work-life balance that is both satisfying and rewarding.
Part Randy Pausch, Mitch Albom, and Jim Collins, whether graduating from school, becoming a parent, or sending your kids off to college, this read is worthy of your time and attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
I really liked this book. I think as a society we have lost track of what makes life important. This refocused me and where I spend my time...because at the end your life is measured by where you spend your time.
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