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How Will You Measure Your Life?

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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 on ...more
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Kristin Eberhard
The rare non-fiction book that isn't actually an essay parading as a book. This was a quick read in simple, clear language with good analogies and no unnecessary repetition. A summary of the career-focused bits:

Find Your Purpose
Likeness - who you want to become
Commitment - to becoming that at every step. Actually spending your time and energy in ways that get you closer to your likeness.
Metrics - to measure your progress towards becoming the likeness

Clayton’s Likeness
A man who is dedicated to he
This book is an effort by a well known Harvard Business School prof, notable for his work on the dangers of marginal thinking in innovative industries (The Innovator's Dilemma) that attempts to apply theories of motivation, management, and strategy to the task of self management. Apparently the author's experiences with illness, aging, and other aspects of his life combined to convince him that such an effort would be worthwhile. It is a short book and reads fairly quickly.

I am giving the book t
Jun 23, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had read articles that mentioned Clayton Christensen, and he was always described as a brilliant business consultant and professor at Harvard Business School, who is also LDS. Recently, he came and spoke at our quarterly department meeting, and I came to understand why people spoke so highly of him. While he was only scheduled to speak for an hour, I listened to him speak for 2 hours, and found myself wanting more. He told fascinating anecdotes from his days as a consultant, and applied the le ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how many stars to give--3 or 4--but it was a good, quick read that makes you think about what's important and how you make your life manifest that. Kindle highlights:

two different types of factors: hygiene factors and motivation factors. On one side of the equation, there are the elements of work that, if not done right, will cause us to be dissatisfied. These are called hygiene factors. Hygiene factors are things like status, compensation, job security, work conditions, company pol
Ricky Bache
May 20, 2012 Ricky Bache rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read ‘The Innovators Dilemma’ at a formative point in my Pharma R&D career. Like many others, I was captivated by the ability of Christensen’s ‘big idea’ (disruptive innovation) to explain the perplexing phenomenon whereby small startups were able to upend established players in industry segments where the latter should have held all the aces. I have read a number of other books he has put out over the the years. These have invariably given me much to reflect on as a bu ...more
حاتم عاشور
قد لا يبدو العنوان جاذباً للكثيرين بسبب إيحائه باحتواء مادة لا قيمة لها من شبيهات التنمية البشرية والحشو غير القيّم .. ولكنه بالعكس تماماً كتاب للأعمال بشكل مباشر وأجمل ما به أن إسقاطاته حتى في الدور العائلي مبنية على أمثلة من عالم الأعمال وهو ما قدّم ميزة جميلة بالنسبة لي.

اللغة رائعة والأمثلة جميلة جداً والتناسق والتسلسل عالٍ جداً .. وتكمن أيضاً فائدته بكتابته من 3 أطراف متنوعة ومتخصصة ومليئة بالخيرة العملية.

لن تمل وستستفيد بالتأكيد.
Aug 31, 2012 Kori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me think about how I "manage" my family and my own life and has made me actually define my purposes. My favorite excerpt is :
"The challenges your children face serve an important purpose: they will help them hone and develop the capabilities necessary to succeed throughout their lives. Coping with a difficult teacher, failing at a sport, learning to navigate the complex social structure of cliques in school--all those things become "courses" in the school of experience. We know th
Abrar Yasser
Sep 14, 2015 Abrar Yasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كنت مهتمة بكتب تطوير الذات عندما كنت في المرحلة المتوسطة، قلّ هذا الاهتمام لأني لم أكن أرى فائدةً حقيقية منها – خصوصًا العربية - سوى بعض العبارات الإيجابية التي قد تعطي حماسًا مؤقتًا.
ما يميّز هذا الكتاب هو أن المؤلف يُشجع على تطبيق النظريات التي تُدّرس في كليات إدارة الأعمال على الحياة الشخصية.
ينقسم الكتاب إلى ثلاثة أقسام أحببت القسم الثاني منها:
1- العثور على السعادة في الحياة المهنية.
2- العثور على السعادة في العلاقات.
3- حول الحياة النزيهة. أو " البقاء خارج السجن"

أيضًا أُعجبت بالنصائح العميقة ا
Ken Aw
Nov 10, 2012 Ken Aw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many in a time we get asked (or ask ourselves) what are our life goals? what do we want to be remembered for before we say goodbye to this world? How do we live a life of purpose and fulfillment? This book offers a way to deeply think about these questions, and perhaps chart some possible answers and directions that we need to take to achieve them.

One interesting issue that Clay talks about revolves around parenting. As parents, we would want our children to be equipped with the knowledge and sk
Pankaj Sahai
Dec 08, 2012 Pankaj Sahai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, really felt fulfilled after reading it.

I finished the book in one sitting on a Saturday, the day after I had long discussions (often energetic, forceful and agitated but always sincere, well-intentioned & for good cause ) with some of my very close friends till 1:30 am on various aspects of living a "good life" (ethics, morality, life goals, life purpose etc). This book, coincidentally, deals with most of what we we discussed the night before, providing insights , options and so
Joshua Guest
Jun 03, 2012 Joshua Guest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of non-fiction. I am always looking for books that I feel could really help others change their lives, or at least make for good parlor conversation. I think that of all the books I have ever wanted other people to read, Clayton Christensen's "How Will You Measure Your Life?" ranks up there with The Book of Mormon, Stephen King's "On Writing", Henry J. Eyring's "Major Decisions", ...and that's about it. I immediately wanted to buy two dozen copies and give them out to friends and fa ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Mallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallie by: Amazon
Greatly enjoyed this piece about not only finding meaning, but making meaning. I loved that Christensen talked about management as a service profession, because of the ways in which good management can help improve lives. So true:

Favorite quotations:

"the most powerful motivator isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute, and be recognized. That’s why management, if practiced well, can be the noblest of occupations; no others offer as many ways to help people
Mar 02, 2015 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2013
If you are a serious business person looking for more meaning in your life, I think this book will mean a lot to you. If you are a Mom, you will have to get through a lot of Enron stories to grasp the relationship to your parenting style. I'm not saying it isn't good, or that it is not worth it, just saying that is different. It gave me pause for thought, and I enjoyed reading the book. I really like Clayton and loved how after he gave this speech at Harvard it garnered a record number of hits. ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding advice in the smart, soothing voice of a man who walks the walk. Makes a fine gift that's sure to "disrupt" many lives for the better; anyone from a teenager to the most accomplished executive will benefit from its blend of high-stakes business expertise and humble common sense.
Aug 23, 2015 Limbikani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book in how it gives you perspective on business and personal development at the same time, enriching your immensely in how you approach entrepreneurship, management and life. Highly recommended to anyone looking to understand success better. in business or in life.
د.أمجد الجنباز
من أروع الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي
الكتاب يتحدث عن النظريات الإدارية
يشرحها بدقة وعمق
ثم يسقطها على حياتك الشخصية
ويعطيك نصائحا وطرقا لتستخدمها على حياتك الشخصية وضمن اسرتك
لتطور عائلتك وأبنائك وترقى بنفسك

Niniane Wang
Points: Find work that is challenging and helps you grow. Don't get rid of all hardships for your child. Focus on a higher purpose, not selfish desires. Focus on finding people you want to make happy.
Dec 16, 2014 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jay by: The HBR Channel podcast 5/22/12
Shelves: business
I really thought the concept was interesting -- can you look at business theories and apply them to everyday life to come up with ways to live better? The answer is yes, but you more often than not end up with guidance that you already knew. For instance, you should leave kids in situations where they can fail, because that's the best way to learn. The family guidance seemed pretty much old hat. The career guidance a bit less so. The suggestion to not lock yourself into a rigid career plan was p ...more
May 29, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Compelling little book.

Distinguishes between "hygiene"and "motivating" factors at work (motivating factors contribute far more to subjective well-being). Makes the case for management as a truly noble profession -- "You are in a position where you have 8 or 10 hours every day from every person who works for you. You have the opportunity to frame each person's work so that, at the end of every day, your employees will go home [feeling great]."

Deliberate versus emergent strategies -- priorities s
May 14, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An article with the same title from the Harvard Business Review was initially published that created quite a response from readers. Mr. Christensen is extremely influential in the business community surrounding the concept of disruptive innovation--an innovation that upends current ways of doing business.
This book takes common business tactics to solve a particular problem so that one can apply them to their career and life. Even the most productive of us can feel like uninspired slacker after r
Sep 03, 2012 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
In "How Will You Measure Your Life" Clayton Christensen applies business theories to our personal lives. Some of the theories are well known and have been around for years such as Frederick Herzberg's Two Factor Motivation Theory. Others are Christensen's own theories. In applying these theories he asks us to take a long, hard look at our own lives to determine if we are on a course that matches our principles and will produce the results we want.

Applying proven theories to individual and family
Ramachandra Vellanki
Must read..

This is one of the best books that I have read. Few years back as I was preparing for Strategic Management of Resources(APICS) exam I came across a HBR article about strategy and measuring life which really made me think about life and in fact it helped me to clear the exam. Few years later, as I was making some decisions I felt the need to find a way to measure if I am making correct decisions or not. I was worried that without knowing how to measure, at the end of life I may feel un
Tamara Rumiantseva
Книга достатньо нерівна. В ній три розділи, перший з яких розглядає кар'єрні питання, другий - сімейні і третій - особистісні.

Спочатку автор каже, що він не буде розповідати, як саме чинити в тому, чи іншому випадку, а лише надаватиме приклади зі своєї роботи консультанта, щоб читач сам зміг зробити певні висновки. Проте чим далі в ліс, тим більше авторських коментарів до життєвих ситуацій є в тексті.

Де в чому Крістенсен протирічить сам собі: розповідає, що батьки мають допомагати дітям сформу
Vonelle Riley
Jun 26, 2016 Vonelle Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This "self-help" book is very well written and discusses professional success and how it correlates to success in our personal lives. The author cites examples of large corporations and how they have grown, as well as how some of them have created their own demise. He also correlates how these same concepts apply to our personal lives.
I liked the book and felt that it was very inspiring. Even though I am not currently employed, I feel that the concepts Christensen covers in his book can help me
May 01, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book should be required reading for all. Clay Christensen dives into a difficult subject - how to live a better life - and explains the principles in terminology understandable to most people. He uses his research in business to explain the concepts that he then turns into person and family challenges. I came away from this reading feeling quite inadequate and in need of making many changes in my life.

There is not getting around Christensen's faith. He is straight up and unapologet
Matt Morgan
Mar 26, 2016 Matt Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God doesn't count. God does not aggregate. You are not going to live a successful life based off how high you climes the corporate org chart or how much money you left in your bank account. God is going to ask about 'How you helped other People become better people.'"

(Much of the book uses examples from the Innovators dilemma series to set the stage for 'why companies fail' is because they invest to much time and resources into creating products that sell today and increase this years bottom lin
Jan 28, 2015 Marcelaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self-help books are not really my thing, but I did really enjoy this one. I read it for book club last month. My favorite parts were actually all of the examples he gave of businesses and what made them successful or not so successful. There were a lot of really great points that he made, but here were the two that stuck out the most to me:

Motivation actually doesn't come from things like getting more money or better benefits. They're nice to have, but they're actually not that great at motivati
Jan 29, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

1. Find your passion
2. Follow a path but be open to opportunity
3. Make sure your actions match your priorities, plans, goals, strategy
4. Don't neglect family friends when all is well. They won't be there when you need them or want to enjoy those relationships
5. Don't be cats in the cradle. Spend time with your family when you're young, when you can
6. Figure out what 'job' your spouse and family need you to play to be happy and do that. Make sure you're right. (Analogy is a product fitting a
Mar 12, 2013 Khuyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book resonates with me so well that
1) I remember it in so many details.
2) I'm so tempted: maybe I will become a manager for professional career.
3) I'm recommending it to my close friends
4) It is one of the things that makes my gap year incredibly meaningful.

3 main questions
- How to choose a fulfilling job - because that's what we'll do for our lives?
- How to create meaningful relationships with family and friends forever?
- How to uphold integrity and stay out of jail?

How to choose
Martijn Van Duivenboden
Als je zelf de kanker hebt doorleefd, een MBA achter je naam hebt staan en al een succesvolle carrière hebt opgebouwd, dan lijkt jouw verhaal misschien op die van Clayton Christensen. En verrek, dan lijkt het ook op mijn levensverhaal. En waarom ben ik dit boek toch gaan lezen? Allereerst omdat Christensen één van de grootste managementdenkers van het moment is. Zijn inzichten maken de wereld een stukje beter. Met dit boek geeft hij vooral aan hoe je die wereld wat beter maakt en jezelf gelukkig ...more
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. He is best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma, articulated his theory of disruptive technology.

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“It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.” 31 likes
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