How Will You Measure Your Life?
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.

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TitleHow Will You Measure Your Life?
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2012
PublisherHarperBusiness
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GenreNonfiction, Business, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development, Philosophy

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  • Kristin Eberhard
    January 1, 1970
    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 PurposeLikeness - who you want to becomeCommitment - 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 likenessClayton’s LikenessA man who is dedicated to he 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 PurposeLikeness - who you want to becomeCommitment - 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 likenessClayton’s LikenessA man who is dedicated to helping improve the lives of other peopleA kind, honest, forgiving, and selfless husband, father, and friendA man who doesn't just believe in God but who believes GodDon't confuse hygiene with motivationMotivation:The things that make you love going to work. Feeling that you are doing work that is meaningful to you and making a meaningful contribution; Challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth.Hygiene Factors: Status, compensation, job security, work conditions, company policies, and supervisory practices. Bad hygiene causes dissatisfaction. But good hygiene factors just mean you are not dissatisfied with your job, not that you love your job.StrategyDeliberative - a focused planEmergent - unexpected opportunities that ariseAsk what has to prove trueAsk yourself “What are the assumptions that have to prove true in order for me to be happy with this choice?” List them. Test their validity: how do you know the company really has a team culture? How do you know they will be growing this group? etc. Are they within your control?
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  • Marks54
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 three stars because I believe it to be an honest effort that was written in good faith and with the best of intentions. I doubt that I could have been anywhere near as open and the book is not without insights.Overall, I was disappointed with the book. The difficult task for a project like this is to provide an insight beyond what most of us can get from thinking carefully and honestly about our own experiences. I noted few if any of these and was left wondering what I had missed. For example, people are motivated by both monetary and non-monetary factors, not just incentives (Herzberg versus Jensen/Meckling)-- not exactly news. Then, we find out that things in life sometimes develop unexpectedly rather than according to plan -- another surprise!? All of the points raised are reasonable and defensible but there is little that has not already appeared somewhere in the Harvard Business Review.When the advice goes to marriage and the running of the family, there is more of the same that may prove useful to new parents but will seem like old hat to more experienced ones -- don't be a helicopter parent, don't do everything for your child, provide your child the opportunity to deal with difficult situations. Again, all this is fine, but hardly novel. (Perhaps I have just had a greater opportunity to learn from my own mistakes.) I wasn't expecting "August Osage County" type issues but was hoping for a bit more. The concluding discussion on integrity was fairly good, although the issue of getting up after a fall is more relevant to most of us than avoiding falls.I do appreciate the author's efforts in producing this book. It is very unusual among business book authors (whether professors or consultants) and I wish others would follow this lead.
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  • Todd
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 lessons he learned to some the of the issues we are facing at our company and in our industry.When I saw he had recently published a new book, I was interested to read it. In a similar fashion to our meeting, he applies the theories and lessons learned from a career in business to how we make the decisions in our lives. Too often, we seem to wander through phases of our lives without too much of a plan, or the wrong approaches to achieving our goals. Clayton states that just as successful businesses follow certain practices and principles, many of those same approaches can also help us to be successful in our personal lives.As an MBA graduate, I found the business stories very interesting. As a person who has worked for many different companies over my career, I found that he "gets it" -- these aren't just abstract theories, but I've seen similar examples in the companies I've worked for.When it comes to applying those same theories to personal life, it also rings true. I've seen in my own life, and in the lives of others, how simple choices, or the lack of a plan, can leave to unwanted results and tragedies. Likewise, having an idea of what you want to make of your life, and following through, can result in great rewards.I agree with others who have read the book that it made me feel inadequate in many areas, but also gave me many things to think about as I fill my role in my career, as a father, and as a person.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 policies, and supervisory practices. It matters, for example, that you don’t have a manager who manipulates you for his own purposes—or who doesn’t hold you accountable for things over which you don’t have responsibility. Bad hygiene causes dissatisfaction. You have to address and fix bad hygiene to ensure that you are not dissatisfied in your work. Interestingly, Herzberg asserts that compensation is a hygiene factor, not a motivator. As Owen Robbins, a successful CFO and the board member who chaired our compensation committee at CPS Technologies, once counseled me, “Compensation is a death trap. The most you can hope for (as CEO) is to be able to post a list of every employee’s name and salary on the bulletin board, and hear every employee say, ‘I sure wish I were paid more, but darn it, this list is fair.’ Clayton, you might feel like it is easy to manage this company by giving incentives or rewards to people. But if anyone believes that he is working harder but is being paid less than another person, it would be like transplanting cancer into this company.” Compensation is a hygiene factor. You need to get it right. But all you can aspire to is that employees will not be mad at each other and the company because of compensation. This is an important insight from Herzberg’s research: if you instantly improve the hygiene factors of your job, you’re not going to suddenly love it. At best, you just won’t hate it anymore. The opposite of job dissatisfaction isn’t job satisfaction, but rather an absence of job dissatisfaction. They’re not the same thing at all. It is important to address hygiene factors such as a safe and comfortable working environment, relationship with managers and colleagues, enough money to look after your family—if you don’t have these things, you’ll experience dissatisfaction with your work. But these alone won’t do anything to make you love your job—they will just stop you from hating it. - location 402 Motivation factors include challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth. Feelings that you are making a meaningful contribution to work arise from intrinsic conditions of the work itself. - location 423 Gloria Steinem framed strategy for her world as Andy Grove did for his: “We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” - location 875 Though they may believe that their family is deeply important to them, they actually allocate fewer and fewer resources to the things they would say matter most. - location 913 As such, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that anyone can offer you. The hot water that softens a carrot will harden an egg. - location 978 Few companies have launched their product with more fanfare than the Iridium Satellite Network—mobile phones that would allow people to call from literally anywhere on the planet by tapping into a complex celestial network of satellites. Vice President Al Gore helped launch Iridium’s product by placing its first call—to Alexander Graham Bell’s grandson. - location 1003 Professor Amar Bhide showed in his Origin and Evolution of New Business that 93 percent of all companies that ultimately become successful had to abandon their original strategy—because the original plan proved not to be viable. In other words, successful companies don’t succeed because they have the right strategy at the beginning; but rather, because they have money left over after the original strategy fails, so that they can pivot and try another approach. Most of those that fail, in contrast, spend all their money on their original strategy—which is usually wrong. - location 1029 on average, parents speak 1,500 words per hour to their infant children. “Talkative” (often college-educated) parents spoke 2,100 words to their child, on average. By contrast, parents from less verbal (and often less-educated) backgrounds spoke only 600 per hour, on average. If you add that up over the first thirty months, the child of “talkative” parents heard an estimated 48 million words spoken, compared to the disadvantaged child, who heard only 13 million. The most important time for the children to hear the words, the research suggests, is the first year of life. - location 1130 And it didn’t matter that just any words were spoken to a child—the way a parent spoke to a child had a significant effect. The researchers observed two different types of conversations between parents and infants. One type they dubbed “business language”—such as, “Time for a nap,” “Let’s go for a ride,” and “Finish your milk.” Such conversations were simple and direct, not rich and complex. Risley and Hart concluded that these types of conversations had limited effect on cognitive development. In contrast, when parents engaged in face-to-face conversation with the child—speaking in fully adult, sophisticated language as if the child could be part of a chatty, grown-up conversation—the impact on cognitive development was enormous. These richer interactions they called “language dancing.” Language dancing is being chatty, thinking aloud, and commenting on what the child is doing and what the parent is doing or planning to do. “Do you want to wear the blue shirt or the red shirt today?” “Do you think it will rain today?” “Do you remember the time I put your bottle in the oven by mistake?” and so on. Language dancing involves talking to the child about “what if,” and “do you remember,” and “wouldn’t it be nice if”—questions that invite the child to think deeply about what is happening around him. And it has a profound effect long before a parent might actually expect a child to understand what is being asked. - location 1137 They lovingly cart children around to soccer, lacrosse, basketball, football, hockey, and baseball teams; dance, gymnastics, music, and Chinese lessons; send them on a semester abroad to London; and to so many camps that many children don’t even have the time to get a part-time job in the summer. Taken individually, each of these can be a wonderful chance for a child to develop, and an excellent substitute for all the work that used to take place around the home. Kids can learn to overcome difficult challenges, take on responsibility, become good team players. They’re opportunities to develop the critical processes that kids will need to succeed later in life. Too often, however, parents foist all these experiences on their children without that in mind. Now, on one hand, exposing them to lots of activities is commendable. You want to help your kids discover something that they truly enjoy doing, and it’s actually critical for them to find something that will motivate them to develop their own processes. But that’s not always the impetus of parents imposing these activities on their children’s lives. Parents have their own job to be done, and it can overshadow the desire to help their children develop processes. They have a job of wanting to feel like a good parent: see all the opportunities I’m providing for my child? Or parents, often with their heart in the right place, project their own hopes and dreams onto their children. When these other intentions start creeping in, and parents seem to be carting their children around to an endless array of activities in which the kids are not truly engaged, it should start to raise red flags. Are the children developing from these experiences the deep, important processes such as teamwork, entrepreneurship, and learning the value of preparation? Or are they just going along for the ride? When we so heavily focus on providing our children with resources, we need to ask ourselves a new set of questions: Has my child developed the skill to develop better skills? The knowledge to develop deeper knowledge? The experience to learn from his experiences? These are the critical differences between resources and processes in our children’s minds and hearts—and, I fear, the unanticipated residual of outsourcing. - location 1595 The end result of these good intentions for our children is that too few reach adulthood having been given the opportunity to shoulder onerous responsibility and solve complicated problems for themselves and for others. Self-esteem—the sense that “I’m not afraid to confront this problem and I think I can solve it”—doesn’t come from abundant resources. Rather, self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it’s hard to do. - location 1622 I’m not advocating throwing kids straight into the deep end to see whether they can swim. Instead, it’s a case of starting early to find simple problems for them to solve on their own, problems that can help them build their processes—and a healthy self-esteem. As I look back on my own life, I recognize that some of the greatest gifts I received from my parents stemmed not from what they did for me—but rather from what they didn’t do for me. - location 1632 Although in retrospect these were very simple things, they represent a defining point in my life. They helped me to learn that I should solve my own problems whenever possible; they gave me the confidence that I could solve my own problems; and they helped me experience pride in that achievement. - location 1646 As for my mom, I have wondered what she felt when she saw me walk out the door to school wearing those patched-knee trousers. Some mothers might have been embarrassed to have their child seen in such tatters—that it evidenced how few pennies our family had to spare. But I think my mom didn’t even look at my Levi’s. I think she was looking at me, and probably saw in me the same thing I saw in the patch: “I did that.” - location 1651 “When the kids come home for a family reunion, I like to listen to their banter back and forth about the experiences they had growing up, and which had the greatest impact on their lives. I typically have no memory of the events they recall as being important. And when I ask them about the times when Jim and I sat them down specifically to share what we thought were foundationally important values of our family, well, the kids have no memory of any of them. I guess the thing to learn from this is that children will learn when they are ready to learn, not when we’re ready to teach them.” - location 1663 You can probably recall similar moments from your own childhood—the times that you picked up something important from your parents that they probably weren’t aware they were sharing. - location 1669
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  • حاتم عاشور
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    (3.5)1. Find your passion2. Follow a path but be open to opportunity3. Make sure your actions match your priorities, plans, goals, strategy4. Don't neglect family friends when all is well. They won't be there when you need them or want to enjoy those relationships5. Don't be cats in the cradle. Spend time with your family when you're young, when you can6. 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 (3.5)1. Find your passion2. Follow a path but be open to opportunity3. Make sure your actions match your priorities, plans, goals, strategy4. Don't neglect family friends when all is well. They won't be there when you need them or want to enjoy those relationships5. Don't be cats in the cradle. Spend time with your family when you're young, when you can6. 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 'job': chocolate milkshake is morning commute activity that happens to last a while and prevent AM hunger...learning this helped make the milkshake thicker, don't worry about making it healthy)7. Don't outsource what you need to be successful, core competencies. Don't outsource your child's development and don't rob them of life lessons, failures, getting caught doing something wrong.8. Let your kids make decisions, fail, succeed on their own9. Family culture is there whether you plan or not. Decide what your family values and stands for and be consistent. Don't let just this once happen, be consistent. You can shape culture to some degree that way10. Don't compromise on your values, ethics. No just this once I'll let myself do do something I believe to be wrong. Slippery slope, easier to commit 100% and be consistent than to stay at 98%..you'll end up making more compromises because each decision is small but on whole can be big. Barings bank for example11. I didn't know Christensen was LDS.11. Have and define and revisit your purpose. Likeness: who do you want to be, how to behave, what influence on others....commitment...metrics: how to measure how you're doing
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  • Abrar Yasser
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 التي تدل على حكمة كلايتون وإلمامه بالحياة.
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  • Ricky Bache
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 business leader and someone plying their trade in the innovation space.This latest book (http://www.measureyourlife.com/) represents a definite change of direction for the big man and his co-authors - down the ‘Road Less Travelled’ as it were - and they are definitely going for the big one. To quote : “The paramount assertion of this book is that the theories that describe how management works also explain a lot about what causes success and happiness in families, marriages, and within ourselves—and what causes the opposite as well.”The big questions I had going into this new book were these : would it stack up against his previous business classics and would the management-theoretic approach yield useful insight into the knotty problems of personal relationships, child-rearing and life purpose?The answer to these is a qualified yes.Once again it is a stimulating read from Christensen that has got my grey cells whirring pondering some real life-lesson nuggets:* Aligning your resource allocation with your strategy (your strategy is not what you say it is) - be on guard as one invariably subordinates the immediate accomplishment (invariably work related) to the supposed strategic (partner / family / friends)* Dusting off Hertzberg and thinking about your motivational factors separate from hygiene factors* Situations in life where you should be thinking about a deliberate strategy and those when you should be employing an emergent approach* Thinking about your assumptions (what has to prove true) for your life strategy to work and listing these ranked by importance and uncertainty with those most important and least certain at the top.On the other hand, some aspects of the book were uncomfortable / unhelpful.I didn’t like the smug way in which the authors dissed much of the self-help literature out there (“the difference between what to think and how to think”).I also had an adverse reaction to the religious certainty that permeates much of the book and for me ultimately detracted. To be honest, Clay bless him is just too darned nice and perfect - and as the chapters went on I couldn’t help feeling more and more inadequate in terms of how my life conduct contrasted. It’s just good that I’ve recently read Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection (http://www.brenebrown.com/books/) or I might have been off to the bathroom to slit my wrists on about page 160!Overall, hats off to Clay, James and Karen for having the mojo to put this personally risky business/self-help mashup out there.Time will tell whether this book will have the intended effect of nailing the big personal questions knawing away at the psyche of today’s thrusting business professional in an evidence-based way they will better be able to relate to. For me, newly retired from big Pharma and turning my mind to other endeavours I have long been postponing, it’s conceptual framework is a timely gift.
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  • Ken Aw
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 skills to succeed in their lives. Hence most parents try to expose their children to as many opportunities as possible (such as learning a musical instrument, sport, tuition classes, etc), in hope that they will be in a more advantageous position to succeed in life than their peers. I used to hold the same viewpoint too.Clay contends, however, that these are merely Resources. The problem comes when exposing children to an endless array of activities is when they are not truly engaged and when these activities don't challenge them to do hard things and learn the correct values and responsibilities out of it. What children need to learn are Processes, i.e. the skills needed to learn a skill, the knowledge needed to acquire new knowledge, the experience to learn from experiences. This got me to understand that rather than by giving children Resources, it is more important for them to learn about Processes. These often cannot be taught by outsourcing what we need to teach our children to the "activities" themselves. But rather, we need to be a role model for our children and make the correct decisions so as to impart the correct values when we interact with them on a daily basis. With the right Processes and Priorities they will then be able to learn better from the Resources they have and this, if anything will make them better individuals.
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  • Kori
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 that people who fail in their jobs often do so not because they are inherently incapable of succeeding, but because their experiences have not prepared them for the challenges of that job--in other words, they've taken the wrong "courses." The natural tendency of many parents is to focus entirely on building your child's resume: good grades, sports successes, and so on. It would be a mistake, however, to neglect the courses your children need to equip them for the future. Once you have that figured out, work backward: find the right experiences to help them build the skills they'll need to succeed. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give them."
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  • د.أمجد الجنباز
    January 1, 1970
    من أروع الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتيالكتاب يتحدث عن النظريات الإداريةيشرحها بدقة وعمقثم يسقطها على حياتك الشخصيةويعطيك نصائحا وطرقا لتستخدمها على حياتك الشخصية وضمن اسرتكلتطور عائلتك وأبنائك وترقى بنفسك
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  • Pankaj Sahai
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 solutions to life dilemmas, in a format that CEOs/ entrepreneurs/management professionals can easily relate to. Every chapter provides an insight and a working-theory of "applied life" which is preceded by,and based on ,a management principle / case study with which business and management professionals can easily identify. Very easy read but for getting the most out of the book do read it with an introspective frame of mind.The book also talks about an event in the author's life which I (and 3 other close friends) have been through with equal equanimity, with a "no-big-deal" kind of mindset. The author was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford when he received the news that his dad was not well back home in the US. Next day, he reached home, leaving his Rhodes scholarship, to be with his Dad and to look after him. One day he was at Oxford and the next day (metaphorically) he was working at a grocery shop, without a second thought about what he had left behind. The reason ? Awareness and pursuit of what really matters in your life, a higher purpose that only your heart understands, although your selfish mind might oppose vigourously for false, transient and short term gratification.
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  • Oksana
    January 1, 1970
    довго мучила цю книжку. не тому що вона нецікава, просто нон-фікшн зараз щось геть мені не йде. багато цікавої інформації, багато різноманітних кейсів, сподобалося, що бізнес-моделі та принципи розглядаються паралельно з особистісними і сімейними. автор знає, про що говорить, дуже вболіває за свою теорію, але без нав'язування. нема нудного теоретизування, про складні речі розказано простими доступними словами. є кілька моментів, які стали майже відкриттям. принаймні, якщо я й здогадувалася про ц довго мучила цю книжку. не тому що вона нецікава, просто нон-фікшн зараз щось геть мені не йде. багато цікавої інформації, багато різноманітних кейсів, сподобалося, що бізнес-моделі та принципи розглядаються паралельно з особистісними і сімейними. автор знає, про що говорить, дуже вболіває за свою теорію, але без нав'язування. нема нудного теоретизування, про складні речі розказано простими доступними словами. є кілька моментів, які стали майже відкриттям. принаймні, якщо я й здогадувалася про це раніше, то не могла сформулювати. та загалом чогось аж надто нового я для себе не дізналася. одна з тих книжок, яка структурує вже існуючі знання, розкладає по поличках, впорядковує цілісну картину. та не одкровення.дуже сподобалося, як у розповідь про цілком прагматичні й приземлені речі автор вплів свої цінності та свою віру. звучить справді органічно. очевидно тому, що все написане прожите ним, і те, про що він пише - результат його особистого свідомого зростання, в якому достатньо здорового об'єктивного погляду на свої падіння й досягнення."Коли Господь покличе мене до себе, ми говоритимемо з ним про тих, чию самооцінку я зумів підвищити, чию віру я допоміг зміцнити, чий біль я допоміг утамувати - адже незважаючи на обставини і завдання, моєю метою і призначенням завжди лишатиметься добро. Це і є показник, за яким я оцінюю власне життя". в наш час подібні слова звучать дещо пафосно, а позиція здається старомодною. але прочитавши всю книжку, розумієш, що вона ні пафосна, ані старомодна, бо це реальний орієнтир реальної людини.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. I know I was one of them.He is a deep thinker and a spiritual wonder. I think we will hear lots more from him.Haven't been able to stop thinking about this quote: pg 62You can talk all you want about having a strategy for your life, understanding motivation, and balancing aspriations with unanticipated opportunities. But ultimately, this means nothing if you do not align those with where you acutally expend your time, money, and energy.
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  • Gavin
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal little read replete with intense nuggets of vocational and personal advice. Intense nuggets. As the owner of a popular YouTube startup and poised at the brink of starting up a family with my wife, this book came at a great time. The central premise is that we need to pay attention to the process of decision-making in our business and personal spheres, not just our nominal end goals or whatever seems to be the most immediately rewarding way to invest our time and resources in the short Phenomenal little read replete with intense nuggets of vocational and personal advice. Intense nuggets. As the owner of a popular YouTube startup and poised at the brink of starting up a family with my wife, this book came at a great time. The central premise is that we need to pay attention to the process of decision-making in our business and personal spheres, not just our nominal end goals or whatever seems to be the most immediately rewarding way to invest our time and resources in the short-term. Learning how to replicate successful processes happens by "watching movies" (analyzing how implemented values and healthy processes led to a company's or individual's success at each separate decision along the way) rather than by "viewing shapshots" (looking at the current state of a successful company or individual and assuming that the same steps they took will result in similar success). Christensen, a Harvard business professor who also happens to be a devout Mormon, has clearly thought about and rarefied his theories over and over again, refining his ideas like tumbled rocks and figuring out the optimally eloquent way to express them.A smattering of my favorite nuggets:– I want you to be able to experience that feeling – to wake up every morning thinking how lucky you are to be doing what you're doing. – You can talk all you want about having a strategy for your life, understanding motivation, and balancing aspirations with unanticipated opportunities. But ultimately, this means nothing if you do not align those with where you actually expend your time, money, and energy.– This means, almost paradoxically, that the time when it is most important to invest in building strong families and close friendships is when it appears, at the surface, an is if it's not necessary.– Capital that seeks growth before profits is bad capital.– Self-esteem – the sense that "I'm not afraid to confront this problem and I think I can solve it" – doesn't come from abundant resources. Rather, self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it's hard to do.– As Henry Ford once put it, "If you need a machine and don't buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don't have it." Thinking on a marginal basis can be very, very dangerous.– Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.
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  • Mallie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 find those opportunities.""If you’re not guided by a clear sense of purpose, you’re likely to fritter away your time and energy on obtaining the most tangible, short-term signs of achievement, not what’s really important to you.""Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.""I promise my students that if they take the time to figure out their life purpose, they’ll look back on it as the most important thing they discovered at HBS. If they don’t figure it out, they will just sail off without a rudder and get buffeted in the very rough seas of life.""The choice and successful pursuit of a profession is but one tool for achieving your purpose. But without a purpose, life can become hollow.""Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people. This is my final recommendation: Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success."
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  • Joshua Guest
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 family as gifts. I don't make my wife read a lot of the books that I read because reading serves different purposes for both of us. But I will make her read this one. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a big Clayton Christensen fan. Innovator's Dilemma is boring, and I don't really think he had that much to do with Innovator's DNA. But this is both readable and brilliant. In some ways, it reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell or David Brooks' "The Social Animal." As Gladwell and Brooks took sociological, anthropological, and historical literature and made it relevant to the layperson, Christensen takes from his vast knowledge of business management theory and repurposes it for practical application in his own personal life. I hope you read it.
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  • Batzul Gerelsaikhan
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I have read in my life for sure. Case studies of "personal life failures" (colleagues jailed for inside trading, a friend who failed in marriages 3 times, parents failing to raise their children properly, etc) and the "company failures" were most interesting to me. Another best message of the book was to never give up to the "Just this once" thoughts and "Live with Integrity". When you die, what will you leave behind? What is your legacy? What will your family and friends r One of the best books I have read in my life for sure. Case studies of "personal life failures" (colleagues jailed for inside trading, a friend who failed in marriages 3 times, parents failing to raise their children properly, etc) and the "company failures" were most interesting to me. Another best message of the book was to never give up to the "Just this once" thoughts and "Live with Integrity". When you die, what will you leave behind? What is your legacy? What will your family and friends remember you by? A busy mom that was never home? A cheating father? A fake friend that was absent when needed the most? Every action and choice leads you to "Who You Are". Live a life with integrity and leave a legacy of respect, positive impact and happy family and friends.
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  • Manuel Nunes
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I loved every bit of this book. Having recently started my professional life this book addresses many of the struggles that are connected with decision-making. It also works as a good introduction for the usage of mental models. It is brilliant how Christensen applies the theories and principles behind the sciences of management and economics to real life situations. Thus, while I recommend this book for everybody going through periods of hard decision-making, I especially encourage busines WOW! I loved every bit of this book. Having recently started my professional life this book addresses many of the struggles that are connected with decision-making. It also works as a good introduction for the usage of mental models. It is brilliant how Christensen applies the theories and principles behind the sciences of management and economics to real life situations. Thus, while I recommend this book for everybody going through periods of hard decision-making, I especially encourage business students, like myself, to read this cover to cover. You'll realize that you have an amazing tool in your bag that probably is going unnoticed. 5 stars!
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Limbikani
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Niniane Wang
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Mitesh Sheth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 sea without a sextant. Good theory helps people steer to good decisions, not just in business but in life too.2. What makes us tick? One of the easiest mistakes we can make is to focus on trying to over satisfy the tangible trappings of professional success in the mistaken belief that this will make us happy. As most of us usually find out, often too late, pursuing happiness is a hopeless quest. Instead we need to ask ourselves - is this work meaningful, will I learn new things, will I have the opportunity for recognition and achievement and am I going to have responsibility? These are the things that truly motivate human beings (leaning, meaning, achievement and responsibility), the rest (compensation, perks, etc) are just hygiene factors.3. Emergence. Only a few lucky companies start of with the strategy that ultimately leads to success, strategy for most evolves over time. In reality success relies on our continuing to experiment until we find an approach that works. Expecting to have a clear vision of where life will take you from the start is a waste of time. What's even worse is that you close yourself off from unexpected opportunities. You should be prepared to experiment with different opportunities, ready to pivot and continue to adjust your strategy until you find what it is that both satisfies the hygiene factors and give you all the things you need to be motivated.4. Strategy isn't what you say, but it what you do. In business and in life, a strategy is not just a one-off vision, goal or plan, it is actually created through hundreds of everyday decisions about how you spend your time, energy and money (resource allocation). With each of these decisions we make a statement about what really matters to us. We can talk about our purpose, values and goals but ultimately this means nothing if we are not investing our time, energy and money in a way that is consistent with that. If you think you're charitable, ask yourself how often so you really give time or money to a worthy cause? If your family are important to you, think about how often does your family come out top in all the choices you have made in the past week. If our daily decisions about where to invest our blood, sweat and tears are not consistent with the person we say we are, think we are or aspire to be, we'll never become that person.5. Why do we take our relationships with friends and family for granted (not giving then the necessary attention and care), even though we know that they are the greatest source of happiness in life. The first reason is we are mostly tempted to invest our resources in things that offer immediate rewards and feedback like our careers. Secondly, family and friends rarely shout the loudest for our attention. If we don't recognize this, to nurture and develop these relationships early on, then they won't there for us when we need them the most. It will always be tempting to defer this, because you are busy with your career right now, but that's the wrong way round. You have to invest in relationships long before you need them.6. Marriage: Being a good spouse is one of the most important jobs you can be hired to do. Asking yourself "what job does my spouse most need me to do?" comes first. Then you need to go beyond just knowing this, you have to do that job, you have to devote your time and energy to the effort, suppressing your own needs and desires and focusing on what will make the other person happy. The path to happiness in a relationship is not just about finding someone who you think will make you happy; it is about finding someone who you want to make happy. Marriage is about finding someone whose happiness is worth devoting yourself to." This doesn't build resentment, quite the opposite, in sacrificing for something worthwhile, you deeply strengthen your commitment to it. Sacrifice deepens commitment. It is an essential foundation to deep friendships, happy families and marriages. 7. Parenting: Be careful about outsourcing parenting. If your children learn everything they know from teachers, friends, clubs, TV, etc in what way are they your children? We live in an affluent society that is obsessed with giving children opportunities. Whilst that is valuable it is only one of three things our children really need to succeed - resources, processes and routines (just like a business or organisation does). A musical instrument, sport, after school club, books, TV, Wii, DS, etc teach skills, which are 'resources', just like the other material and economic privileges, skills and talents we offer our children. However, they need more than resources. They need 'processes', habits and routines to convert those resources into something useful, to create something for themselves. They need to learn routines for how to think, how to solve problems, how to deal with failure, to get somewhere on time, to share, to make sacrifices, to deal with peer pressure, to build relationships, etc. Most important of all they need values and 'priorities'. This defines how they will make decisions, what they will invest their time and resources in and what not. The best way of developing processes and priorities is by solving hard problems for themselves. Self-esteem comes from knowing "I am not afraid of confronting this problem, I've seen something like it before and I think I know how to go about trying to solve it." As parents we need to find problems for our children to solve on their own, problems that can help them build their processes and self esteem. Children learn when they are ready to learn, not when you're free to teach them. So if you're not with them as they encounter challenges in their lives, then you are missing important opportunities to shape their priorities and their lives. 8. School of experience. The idea that some people have innate talents that just need to be identified through interviews and other recruitment processes has proven to be an unreliable predictor of success in business. The 'right stuff' that most companies are looking for is not a superior set of skills that someone is born with but skills people have honed through life's experiences. We should not focus too much on the grades, trophies and accolades someone has but instead look carefully for whether a person has actually wrestled with the problems you need them to tackle. Similarly the challenges our children face serve an important purpose: they help them hone and develop the capabilities necessary to succeed in life. We all know that challenges, difficulties, failure and sorrow are all courses in the school of life/experience we need, so why not work backwards and find the right experiences to help our children build the skills they will need to succeed. You need to figure out what courses will be important for you to master before you need them. As a parent find small opportunities for your child to take these life courses early on. Encourage them to stretch, to have goals, to try and fail and learn. Celebrate failure and success. If our children don't face difficult challenges and sometimes fail along the way, they will not build the resilience they will need in life.9. Culture. Culture happens in a company or in a family whether you want it to or not, the only question is how hard you are going to try to influence it. A culture is set through everyday interactions, how you react, reward and respond. Once it is set it's almost impossible to change. Every time children or employees face a problem they aren't just solving it they are learning what matters to you. They are developing an understanding of what matters to the business, what are the priorities and how to execute them (the processes). 10. Morality and purpose. Decide what you stand for and stand for it all of the time. Define your own boundaries, your personal moral line, and don't cross it, not even once.Thank you Clayton for sharing your lessons from a lifetime of learning, working, observing and experimenting. I highly recommend this book to all.
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  • Anneli Hardy
    January 1, 1970
    I love Clayton Christensen and I enjoyed this book, but I think I learn more from both his Ted Talk and his BYU-I devotional talk "Decisions for Which I've Been Grateful". I would probably recommend those two before this book, because I feel like they give a more condensed and dense version of this book. I love how unashamed he is of his testimony and religion and uses that to teach important life truths. The Epilogue is the culminating part of the book, so don't stop before you get there.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    The lessons here aren’t earth shattering, but the structure of the book delivers them in a way that is interesting and serves as a good reminder to think deeply about your priorities. Ultimately Christensen is trying to remind us that a good life requires intentional thoughtful decisions based on long term goals and not just immediate rewards. I found it thought provoking and concise. Also, it was great on audio.
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  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 should be deliberate (i.e. your core values) but processes and resources can be emergent. Always ask yourself (and others) "What has to prove true for this to work?" If some of those factors are out of your control (or A, B, and C must all be true -- think Kahneman) then you need to think very carefully about whether your course of action is wise. "Successful companies don't succeed because they have the right strategy at the beginning; but rather, because they have money left over after the original strategy fails, so that they can pivot and try another approach." (87) (Theory of good money/bad money)Investing for future happiness means you cannot sequence investments in life. (94) Failure to invest continually in relationships throughout your life will leave you quite alone. Think about what job you have been hired/asked to do (e.g. milkshakes for early morning driving commuters; Ikea). (101) On education: "The two fundamental jobs that children need to do are to feel successful and to have friends -- every day...schools don't often do these jobs well." (111) "Children will learn when they are ready to learn, not when we're ready to teach them."(137)On marital happiness: "Ironically, it is for this reason [the jobs that your spouse is trying to do are very different from the jobs you think she should want to do] that many unhappy marriages are often built upon selflessness. But the selflessness is based on the partners giving each other things that they want to give, and which they have decided that their partner ought to want..." (113)Figure out the job(s) your partners need to be done and do them reliably and well. You will both be happier and more loyal. In corporate hiring decisions, be sure to define the job to be done and hire accordingly. It is too easy to be seduced by impressive resumes and experiences that will be irrelevant to the task at hand (this is a search for process capabilities). Companies often get this wrong (e.g. Intel/SAP joint venture).Sacrifice deepens your commitment, so make sure you sacrifice for things worthy of your commitment. Capabilities = resources, processes, and priorities. Processes are often more important than resources, yet we focus on giving our kids resources. Quoting a former Black & Decker CEO on career planning: "What are all the experiences and problems that I have to learn about and master so that what comes out at the other end is somebody who is ready and capable of becoming a successful CEO?" (148)Children need to face challenges and experience failure to develop resiliency. "People who hit their first significant career roadblock after years of nonstop achievement often fall apart." (155)Marginal thinking is dangerous. "Because failure is often at the end of a path of marginal thinking, we end up paying for the full cost of our decisions, not the marginal costs, whether we like it or not." (185) It is easier to do the right thing 100% of the time than 98% of the time (that 2% reflects marginal thinking calculations).
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  • Kimball
    January 1, 1970
    5.5 stars at least. So dang good. Like my brother said in his review, this book along with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change and How to Win Friends and Influence People make for a terrific Trifecta. It will help you in business as well as family life. I love that the author has worked in three different fields of work. I get overwhelmed and discouraged when I think I have to be at the same job (or even the same field of work) for 30 years then I can ret 5.5 stars at least. So dang good. Like my brother said in his review, this book along with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change and How to Win Friends and Influence People make for a terrific Trifecta. It will help you in business as well as family life. I love that the author has worked in three different fields of work. I get overwhelmed and discouraged when I think I have to be at the same job (or even the same field of work) for 30 years then I can retire. I have many interests and want to work in many unrelated fields. I particularly enjoyed the business portions because it spoke directly to me about being unhappy with work and what are proper and improper motivations for work. I also enjoyed that he didn't brag about being a notorious Rhodes Scholar like dorky Wes Moore.Notes:A strategy is what you want to achieve and how you'll get there. The only way a strategy can get implemented is if you dedicate resources to it. Good intentions aren't enough. You're not implementing the strategy if you don't spend the time, talents, and money in a way that's consistent with your intentions. Strategy emerges from deliberate and unanticipated opportunities. You have to try things out.If we're stuck in an unhappy career it is often a misunderstanding of what motivates us. True motivation is getting people to do something because they want to do it. This motivation continues in good as well as bad times. Four components in work. These cause us to love our jobs:*Challenging*Responsibility*Recognition*Personal GrowthSatisfaction and dissatisfaction are separate, independent measures. You can love your job and hate it at the same time. That can be OK, believe it or not. Two factors that play a role in our jobs: Hygiene factors and motivation factors. Hygiene factors can cause you to be dissatisfied with work such as status, compensation, job security, work conditions, company policies. Like your own personal hygiene, as the name suggests, requires regular maintenance. You won't die if you don't take a shower but you'll be more satisfied. If the items I listed above are taken care of you will be more satisfied but they won't necessarily make you quit your job if one got bad all of a sudden. Only after a long period of neglect will you then need to decide to change your environment. On the other hand if you improve the hygiene of your work you wouldn't automatically love it, at best you just won't hate it. So essentially the hygiene factors should be primary, they are secondary. The real motivation comes if your job is challenging, gives you responsibility and recognition, and allows for personal growth.Money isn't the root cause of professional unhappiness, but when it becomes a priority above others then it does.Oftentimes it's hard to know what field of work one should go in. Many people think "I like working with people, so I guess that means I should be a social worker or nurse." The author suggest likewise. You can tailor your career to your interests (or was it tailor your interest to your career?) But in our example of helping people, every job in the world helps people, so use your passions for what you're in. It's not limited to just two lonely fields.Happiness in careers are where you can find opportunities that are meaningful in which you'll be able to learn new things and be given more and more responsibility to shoulder. Questions to ask ourselves: Is this job meaningful to me? Is this job going to give me a chance to develop? Am I going to learn new things? Will I have an opportunity for recognition and achievement? Am I going to be given responsibility. We need to be careful because one can justify and answer yes to all those question if they are not thoughtful and thorough. These are the things that will truly motivate us. Once you get this right the more measurable aspects of your job will fade (such as money, benefits, work conditions, etc. and all the things we mentioned earlier). How and where you allocate your resources can make your life turn out exactly as you hope or very different from what you intended. We have control over what we become in life.The hot water that softens the carrot is the same water the hardens an egg. I think I read that analogy in another book. You can't always study data to make decisions. Data is about the past. Sometimes you just have to make that decision. The author used the example of waiting till the end of your life to be a good parent because then you know what to do and have all the experience. You have to try while being in the moment. Friends are an investment that require a lot of time. He mentioned the movie It's A Wonderful Life that I've never seen. I'll need to watch it now.We should speak as many words to our children as possible in full adult conversation while they are young. I noticed one of my brothers always spoke to his kids like they were regular people instead of using baby talk. I thought it was pointless because the child couldn't understand all the words he was saying. I suppose I was wrong in that thought. Now that I think about it, it's stupid to dumb down our speech for kids. Maybe that hinders their development. I want to incorporate such eloquent speech with my future children.The path to happiness is about finding someone who you want to make happy. IE don't look for a spouse that will make you happy. That is the age old fallacy. Find someone you want to make happy. When sacrificing something for a while you deeply strengthen your commitment to it. This one needs to be treated carefully because it could topple the other way as a vice and you'd lose it. But it does reaffirm my Buddhist beliefs that All Life is Suffering and that "we shouldn't try to go through life as painlessly as possible" (Vinnie Tortorich), or as JFK once said "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."Parents are outsourcing their work instead of having their kids do it. If other people raise your children who's children are they? I don't think this is a jab to working mothers or kids that go to daycare but rather if you aren't willing to let your kids fail and learn for themselves then what kind of kid are you raising? When doing work around the house make sure: 1) Work with the kids 2) Make it fun 3) Thank them. The author went on to cement how important consistency is in raising and disciplining kids. It irks me like no other when a parent isn't consistent in their discipline. Maybe I'm speaking too soon and it's harder than it looks but sometimes it seems that the parents get pushed around way too easily.And speaking of failing, if you're not occasionally failing, you're not aiming high enough. It's easier to keep the rules 100% of the time than it is 98%. Life is just one unending stream of extenuating circumstances. Decide what you stand for and then stand for it all the time. Finding your purpose in life is asking yourself who do you want to become? We need to invest time in ourselves. What will help us become our best selves?
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  • Tamara Rumiantseva
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 сформувати власні цінності, щоб діти стали тими, ким батьки хочуть, щоб вони були. Каже, що батькам не треба втілювати свої невтілені мрії в дітях і що діти мають займатись тим, чим хочуть, проте не радить звертатись до сторонніх вчителів, бо інакше батьки випускають можливість допомогти дітям набути нових навичок. А якщо батько інженер, а дитина хоче бути співаком, а батькові ведмідь на вухо наступив? Автор ходить навколо і здається іноді, що він заблукав у своїх думках. Але, можливо, вся справа у перекладі, хоча на переклад "Видавництва Старого Лева" я ніколи не жалілась.В останньому розділі Крістенсен пропонує вибрати собі мету життя і йти до неї. Автор хотів стати головним редактором одного з видань, але на шляху до цієї мети він став консультантом, а потім викладачем. Редактором же він не став взагалі ніколи. Нащо тоді ставив собі таку ціль? У книзі є цікаві думки, які б я з радістю застосувала. Наприклад, пораду роздивлятись навколо, щоб не пропустити цікавих можливостей, які можуть нагодитись на шляху і, хоча і повести вас обхідним шляхом, але все ж таки привести до бажаної мети. Також цікавими є приклади компаній, які він наводить та їх бізнес-стратегії, що привели ці фірми до успіху або поразки. Загалом, більше 3 з 5 я поставити не можу.
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 reading about the accomplishments of Mr. Christensen but his tone is very warm and supportive throughout the book. He is a patient teacher that asks questions, allowing the reader to easily apply these strategies in one's life. The fact that he shares personal failures, including battling cancer and recently a stroke, while living a life of integrity and service gives the book an imprimatur of authenticity. This is not a saccharine treacle on telling one on how to live a good life but rather a stimulating approach to take some of things one has to do in their jobs and apply it to their own lives, interspersed with personal anecdotes that support the strategies to go about answering important life questions. The section on living a life of integrity seems less developed that the other two sections and could have benefited from more case studies of the concepts he tries to articulate, particularly where he has a subheading entitled, '100 percent of the time is easier than 98% of the time.' Recommended for those readers who are trying to balance high career aspirations with having a meaningful family and outside life.
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  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 presented well and sounded quite novel, but isn't there a similar saying about opportunity knocking? Nevertheless, I found the examples, especially the business examples, to be very interesting and memorable. I found the Dell/Asus and the milkshake examples worth repeating. The book itself was fine, but now that I'm in my 50s this feels a bit like reviewing what I screwed up on. I'd recommend this for a reader a few years out of college at most. I believe there are better books on self reflection if you are beyond worrying about your career or starting to raise a family.
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