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How Will You Measure Your Life? Hardcover – May 15 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 4/15/2012 edition (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062102419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062102416
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[A] highly engaging and intensely revealing work….Spiritual without being preachy, this work is especially relevant for young people embarking on their career, but also useful for anyone who wants to live a more meaningful life in accordance with their values.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The book encapsulates Christensen’s best advice to keep high achievers from being disrupted in their own lives....[P]rovocative but reassuring: Peter Drucker meets Mitch Albom.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

“[M]ore genuinely a self-help book than the genre it disparages. Instead of force-feeding readers with orders on how to improve, it aims to give them the tools to set their own course” (Financial Times)

“[W]ell researched and thought through material. (Forbes)

“…a gripping personal story with lessons from business mixed in.” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

“…Clayton Christensen’s new book has the business world buzzing.” (Deseret News)

“Recommend the book to friends and family who have no connection to the business world. They will thank you for it.” (Harvard Business Review)

‘’A Business Student’s New Required Reading’’ (Huffington Post)

“[R]evealing and profound.” (Inc. Magazine)

“I wish this book was around when I started my carreer. I bought copies for my kids and other young adults I know. $16 is not a lot to spend to get them thinking about their future and how to live responsible, ethical and successful lives.” (Small Business Labs)

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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 personalrelationships 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 12 2012
Format: Hardcover
"But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth." -- Exodus 9:16 (NKJV)

For those without faith in God, choosing and adhering to a life's purpose can be challenging. Highly talented people in business will find "How Will You Measure Your Life?" to be a helpful secular guide to selecting a life's purpose, finding happiness in a career, and enjoying happy relationships with family and friends. Professor Christensen and coauthors James Allworth and Karen Dillon draw heavily on business theories and examples to show the principles that can lead toward or away from accomplishment, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Professor Christensen generously sprinkles in examples from his personal experiences to make it easier to understand the theories and principles.

The material grew out of Professor Christensen's habit of using his last class of each course to explore these fundamental questions. In 2010, after he contracted a challenging cancer, he was invited to speak on the same subject to the whole graduating class at Harvard Business School.

Even if you don't apply all of the lessons to your personal life, your business results should be helped by appreciating the business theories and stories in the book as they relate to:

1. Why theory can be more helpful than looking for best practices in areas where all performance is poor.
2. Find meaningful work.
3. Optimal strategy should combine planning and being open to serendipity.
4. To understand your strategy, focus on your behavior, rather than what you say you do.
5. Your family and friends need your involvement all the time, not just when you want to give it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2012
Format: Paperback
Christensen deploys a lot of learning in this book, similar to how other books might approach the subject. The secret ingredient here, though, is wisdom. The book isn't breezy, is not difficult to read although not necessarily entertaining, and deploys illustration and example in a way that certainly matches the level of any business writer. Christensen sees to the heart of things here, examining what it takes to have a fulfilling career (hint: not money), fulfilling family life, and how to live up to your values. Christensen is a Christian, but boils down his life principles in such a way that they are accessible to anyone, using the help of 2 cowriters who do not share his faith to achieve this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faisal Siddiqi on Jan. 4 2014
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This is a wonderful book to read. It helps put goals in life into perspective and the examples Clayton Christensen gives based on his experiences help reinforce the points he is making. It was also interesting how he took various business management truths and applied them to running a person's life.
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By Lisa L on Oct. 14 2015
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A must read for everyone, especially young people heading out into the world on their own. Great insight, great personal stories, great advice on life, ethics, employment experiences, and lessons learned. Parents: buy this for your adult children for Christmas. I bought one for each of my kids.
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