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How Will You Measure Your Life? Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Mai 2012
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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
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.--Harvard Business Review
- Herausgeber : Harper Business (15. Mai 2012)
- Sprache : Englisch
- Gebundene Ausgabe : 240 Seiten
- ISBN-10 : 0062102419
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062102416
- Abmessungen : 13.97 x 2.16 x 20.96 cm
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1,158,168 in Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Bücher)
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Christensen geht von der These aus, dass selbst die wohlmeinendsten und hochbegabtesten Menschen durch das falsche Setzen von Prioritäten leicht scheitern. Persönlich fand ich besonders die Einführung in die analytische Denkweise des Autors gewinnbringend, sowie die Überzeugung, das man nur durch bewusstes Setzen von Zielen und der Auseinandersetzung mit den eigenen Werten glücklich werden kann.
I had questions and doubts on every 3rd page or so.
Kundenrezension aus Deutschland 🇩🇪 am 20. April 2021
Well composed, the book reads easily giving you usefull insights. Clayton Christensen is a wise person with a tremendous teaching experience, and an expert in bussiness as well. I enjoy very much reading this book
I recommend the first chapters but also recommend to stop reading afterwards.
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An essential aspect of his career model is the allocation of our time to a period of research and a period of commitment.
This is important as high achievers tend to set goals and work hard to reach them.
But as in the words of Clayton Christensen, although you may have successfully climbed the ladder, the ladder itself might be facing the wrong wall.
The advantage of his book is that he does not offer "quick fix" solutions but rather a model to which each person can apply to their context.
On that note, this is highly applauded as it goes against the typical "67 steps (commoditised) programs" by known self-help gurus.
The fact that I gave 4 out of 5 stars is for 3+1 reasons:
1. his model is based on an old theory of human motivation that sets a dichotomy between "hygiene factors" and "inner motivation". "Hygiene factors" are things like money, status and job safety, essential matters to avoid the person being unsatisfied in their jobs. But not being unsatisfied is not the same as being satisfied. And so, we have the "inner motivation" factors such as a passion for what we do. This is where such dichotomy is highly questionable, particularly on setting the "status" as a mere "hygiene factor". For an alternative human motivation model, see, for example, the work of Steven Reiss without creating such a dichotomy that can be highly judgemental and condescending.
2. The author also fails to describe the development of the human ego as we age. As much as his model and words of wisdom can be highly insightful, the truth is that we all need to undergo ego maturation and make mistakes in learning. As much as one can tell others to "do this, don't do that", the reality is that people often ignore such advice, in particular, if they are delivered in a tonality of condescending and judgemental.
3. Tech and world change are skewing job quality, and having a "good job" is no longer an option. There are outstanding jobs and meaningless jobs with little in between. Such market skew was overlooked in the book - see, for example, "No fears, No excuses" by Larry Smith. It is somewhat paradoxical that the author does not discuss the impact of "disruptive innovation" on people's careers in more detail.
3+1. this is not necessarily something I felt annoyed with, but reading some reviews from other readers is something worth mentioning here. There is a religious aspect in the book on which the author bases some of his decisions - for example, not showing up to a basketball game due to a conflict with his religious practices. Although the message intends to provide the reader that we need to have a set of solid principles, I believe he could give other examples from his acquaintances, as overall, the book is too self-centric in that matter.
Overall, as the reader is aware of the above points, one can extract true wisdom from the book without being distracted by certain aspects that are more personal to the author and may not truly relate to all of us.
I hope this review is helpful to you,
Christensen was prompted to write this book after seeing many colleagues from his University career go on to achieve 'success' - great jobs in consultancies and big companies, lots of money, big houses etc. - but then ending up totally miserable, suicidal or in jail. In his later role as teacher Christensen wanted to ensure his students didn't go through the same mistakes so he began trying to collate the thought processes that had kept him from the unfortunate road his colleagues had taken. Every year he worked with students to refine the lessons, discuss and expand them, and the result is this book.
It really does make you think. I reiterate that although the lessons involved seem so simple they are so powerful, so rational, so applicable, you won't regret buying this.
The biggest disappointment in this book is when I read that part where he and his wife decided that they would indoctrinate their children into their own religion (though obviously he didn't use the work "indoctrinate"). I must admit that my respect for him diminished at that point. Still, as I said - there's still some useful content in there.