How Will You Measure Your Life?
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How Will You Measure Your Life?

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  5,635 ratings  ·  753 reviews
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 unhap...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...more
Marks54
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...more
Ricky Bache
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
Todd
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
Ken Aw
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...more
Eva
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...more
Peter
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...more
Joshua Guest
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
Pankaj Sahai
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...more
Mallie
Aug 25, 2012 Mallie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Joseph
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...more
Terry
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...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.
Michael
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.
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.
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
Sean
I found Clay Christensen's book "How Will You Measure Your Life" OK. Christensen did lay out his framework for making decisions and focusing on family and integrity, and I laud him for the values that he imparts on his readers. Where I think he fails, though, in his inability or unwillingness to go deeper. Why does Clay dedicate his life to improving the lives of other people? Why does he not dedicate his life to improving himself? Why is a selfless attribute desirable? Why not glorify the self...more
Kimi
This book is about motivation. It's about how to motivate your life to be better, blablabla, that kind of stuff. It's another self-help book genre which I'm not really interested in.

Christensen is trying to make us look at our lives and find meaning in our lives. What do we really want in life? He uses theories in management and business and he applies those theories in life.

This book is classified in three main topics. They are work, family, and staying out of jail. I was quite interested when...more
Kori
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...more
Megan
Jan 06, 2013 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People in Business
Shelves: bookgroup
I've had a bunch of Clay Christensen's books on my "to read" list and thought I'd start with this one. I have utmost repsect for Clay Christensen and even though he is very smart and has achieved stupendous things in his life, he is still completely humble and down-to-earth and very kind. He has always seemed to be living life at a higher quality and a greater spiritual level than about anyone else I know. If I could glean tips from him about how to make sure my life turned out great, I wanted i...more
Mitesh Sheth
This book blew my mind and heart. It fundamentally challenged me to think about my life choices. Is a fairly quick read though it took me a while to get into. This is not a self-help book, it does not offer a set path or any quick fixes. Clay draws on theories he has learnt in business and life effortlessly and interchangeably. I will refer to this book and its lessons again and again.

Here's a snapshot of my 10 main takeaways:

1. Theories are powerful tools. Without a plan or a theory you are at...more
Matt Mccoy
Clay M. Christensen is a good man with good things to say. It is clear that he is loved by his friends, his family and his colleagues. I haven’t watched his often referenced TED speech, I’m looking forward to watching it now that I’ve read his book. 'How will you measure your life?' was co-authored by James Allworth and Karen Dillon. All authors/editors have successfully managed to create a singular, cohesive voice that I read as Clay’s. Not an easy feat but it has been accomplished well.

In the...more
Akshay
Ch 2 What Makes us Tick
Hygiene factors vs Motivation Factors
Motivation Factors are challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth
Hygiene factors are status, compensation, job security, work conditions, company policies and supervisory practices
Find a career that both motivates you and satisfies your hygeiene factors

1976 Jensen and Meckling
Principal-Agent or Incentive Theory
Frederick Herzberg
2 Factor Theory or Motivation Theory
Mind doesn't look at job satisfacti...more
Chung Chin
How Will You Measure Your Life tries to answer three questions:
1. How can you be sure that you're successful and happy in your career?
2. How can you be sure that you're successful and happy in your relationships with your spouse, children and extended family and close friends?
3. How can you be sure that you live a life of integrity - and stay out of jail?

Each question is addressed in separate sections of the book. As a professor at Harvard Business School, Clayton Christensen uses his knowledge...more
Robby
One of my common gripes with self-help books is their tendency to take anecdotes that the author has accumulated and prescribe them as if they're some sort of behavioral medicine for the reader. The reader inevitably lives a different life than the author, and the advice doesn't live up to its promise.

Christensen's approach is more lasting. He presents a few theories about how the reader can ensure he accomplishes what he wants out of life, and closes with a strong argument that to avoid complet...more
Jake
Mr. Christensen wrote a game changer here. This is one of those books I feel can make a profound effect on a person's life. It's certainly geared toward those who come from a business background and helping us relate principles that have proven to make a company successful to our personal lives, but I want my wife to read it so she can support me in the person I want to become.

Frankly, I see this book as the perfect tool to strategically organizing a person's life into who they truly want to bec...more
Denise
This is a very smart book by a very smart man. If I were in business school, or an entrepreneur, or just the kind of person who was interested in why Dell outsourced its mother board production, or how Honda captured the American market in dirt bikes, I would probably have given it a higher rating. I can see why it's assigned reading in business schools.

But I'm not any of those things. I'm on the other end of the spectrum, and I thought this book would be about what's important in life, leaving...more
Ryan Barton
What an...interesting....read. Too bad the author couldn't quite make up his mind what he was trying to communicate to the reader. This was a book built from an essay (essentially), that then seems to have followed a variation of Parkinson's Law, whereby the content attempted to extend to fill the length of the book. But not altogether successfully.

The business anecdotes were useful and interesting. They were a topic unto themselves. But then they were shoehorned into a relationship lesson, or a...more
Hundeschlitten
Christensen attempts to take the best theories about running a business and then apply them to running your life. I like the fact that he believes in the importance of clearly defining what constitutes success, creating a strategy, and then finding a metric to gauge whether this strategy is working. His book has little of that wishy-washy, feel-good vibe of some "self-help" books. Just the facts, ma'am. Which I appreciated, as I think that self-delusion may collectively be our greatest individua...more
Soni Achuthan
Dec 10, 2012 Soni Achuthan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Introspective people
Boy oh boy this book is for the hard-core introspective. There's a question you gotta ask yourself: how will I measure my life? The answer lies in further probing. This book ain't gonna solve your problems. Then what does it do? It tells you to think about your life's purpose. If you think your wealth is more important to your spouse and kids, you're wrong. If you think money is the biggest thing on the planet, you're absolutely wrong. So where does the answer lie? Herzberg's Two Factor Theory....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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