How Will You Measure Your Life? (VIDEO)

by | May 23, 2012

Clayton M. Christensen is something of a guru in the innovation sphere. The Harvard Business School professor has just published his latest work titled How Will You Measure Your Life? The official published date was barely one week ago but there is already a huge buzz surrounding the work.

Christensen’s earlier tome, The Innovator’s Dilemma, published September 2011, rapidly became a significant and seminal title in the world of innovation. In the revolutionary bestseller, he wrote that despite the best efforts of some of the world’s leading companies, they could still lose their peak position in the marketplace.

How Will You Measure Your Life? deals with the issue of happiness and the individual. It speculates about decisions a person can make, how this impacts on their life’s path and how these choices ripple through the individual’s family and loved ones.

How Will you Measure Your Life author Clayton Christensen.

How Will you Measure Your Life author Clayton Christensen.

The book opens with Christensen reminiscing about the last day of the semester that he facilitates the lecture. He goes on to talk about the Harvard reunion of former students and this leads him to think back to his university reunions.

Writing about his own 10-year anniversary, the catch-up reveals that while some of his former classmates had gone on to lead healthy, fulfilling and productive lives, a few of his other peers had been successful but deeply unhappy. Some were rising up the corporate ladder at Fortune 500 companies, and others were successful entrepreneurs and some were bringing in life-changing amounts of money. One of his peers had even received a criminal conviction due to his involvement in the Enron scandal. The man who appeared in the resulting media reports was “unrecognisable” to Christensen.

“Understanding what causes the problems that trapped some of my classmates is important not just for those who have come off the path that they had planned to follow but for those whose journeys are just beginning. We all are vulnerable to the forces of decisions that have derailed too many.”

Christensen’s insights in his book attempts to answer the questions of how some people drastically veer off the course they had planned for themselves. Through his own life experiences, as well as the paths taken by those around him, he address the topic of happiness, fulfilment and what they are all about.

One of the topics Christensen touches on is the raising of children, and in particular, outsourcing their care. This is mirrored in a company that will outsource certain aspects of its work to a business that can supply what the company needs at lower cost but at higher quality.

We will leave you with a passage from How Will You Measure Your Life?

“I don’t promise this book will offer you any easy answers: working through these decisions requires hard work. It has taken me decades. But it has also been one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life. I hope the theories in this book can help you as you continue on your journey, so that in the end, you can definitely answer for yourself the question “How will you measure your life?”

How Will You Measure Your Life? is out now.

Jeffrey Tobias

About Jeffrey Tobias

Dr Tobias is an accomplished innovation consultant and entrepreneurship strategist, drawing expertise from the academic, entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. Jeffrey’s commercial and business experience is particularly focussed on lean startup, design thinking and leadership. Prior to The Strategy Group, Jeffrey was Cisco’s Global Lead for Innovation in the Internet Business Solutions Group helping Fortune Global 500 companies improve customer experience and grow revenue by transforming how they do business.
Jeffrey is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship teaching MBA students at the Australian Graduate School of Business at the University of New South Wales. An active angel investor, Jeffrey is on the board of various well-known startups.

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Managing Director, The Strategy Group

Dr Tobias is an accomplished innovation consultant and entrepreneurship strategist, drawing expertise from the academic, entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. Jeffrey’s commercial and business experience is particularly focussed on lean startup, design thinking and leadership. Prior to The Strategy Group, Jeffrey was Cisco’s Global Lead for Innovation in the Internet Business Solutions Group helping Fortune Global 500 companies improve customer experience and grow revenue by transforming how they do business.
Jeffrey is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship teaching MBA students at the Australian Graduate School of Business at the University of New South Wales. An active angel investor, Jeffrey is on the board of various well known startups. Jeffrey’s corporate background includes leading global innovation strategy at Cisco, working with large corporates such as Adobe, Westpac, Telstra, Woolworths, and Perpetual.

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