How Will you Measure your Life
Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
Clayton Christensen is known for his creative thinking about how change works. His term “disruptive innovation” has become part of a lexicon about how to think about change. His seven books, including those about the health care industry, public education, and higher education, have given us a lot to contemplate.
This recent book, How Will You Measure Your Life, is powerful as he shares life lessons that can be applied to our businesses and our personal lives. Christensen was diagnosed with the same cancer that killed his father plus he suffered an ischemic stroke which affected his speech. Being faced with a life threatening illness helps one reflect on the purpose of life and what contributions one has made. The lessons he learned emphasized ethics, and not being trapped in thinking that will take one away from the main purpose of life and business—that of helping other people.
Christensen create phrases that become part of common language. One of his phrases in this book, “Never outsource your future.” could be the topic of a whole seminar.
Another comment, “the opposite of job dissatisfaction isn’t job satisfaction, but rather an absence of job dissatisfaction.” is also thought-provoking. P. 33 Hmmm. Interesting to reflect upon as a school administrator. What does that mean to us as we try to create a culture around learning for all?
I always find Christensen’s books worth a read because there are always pearls of wisdom that cause one to think and reflect.
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