How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth
I’ve always had the luxury to work in jobs in which I’ve had great passion for the core mission. I’ve come to realize how rare that is. And, with the twenty-first century making career and personal choices an ever more complex labyrinth, that fact is indeed a shame.
With this in mind, I was so pleased to be pointed to a book by Clay Christensen, one of the leading gurus of innovation with fresh insights on the topic of individual choices. As befits the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Christensen brings a fresh and personal perspective to the assist people in shaping their life to match personal motivation with life, relationship and career choices. I was pleased to see the issue of personal integrity covered in this book. What distinguishes this book from typical self help tomes is that, instead of providing generic answers, it defines a strategic framework for navigating the increasingly complex and personalized world.
The book is well informed by his existing recipes for strategic innovation, an example being the balance of emergent strategy with deliberate strategy. Where else could Christensen’s unique notion of “the job to be done” speak to the notion of empathy, as in intersponal relationships? Sometimes new concepts do come from other fields. In this case, the leading Harvard Business School commentary on innovation brings a new approach to an old topic.
I strongly recommend that people read this slim, yet insightful, work.