How Will You Measure Your Life? came into being a result of Christensen’s article in the Harvard Business Review, which was based on his lecture to students graduating from Harvard Business School. Christensen would have normally spoken on innovation, however, this time, he dealt with a very simple, yet profound subject, which would not only benefit the students in their career, but also their personal lives.
Christensen began to speak on the subject of personal happiness and fulfillment. He gave this speech during a difficult phase in his life, when he suffered from a stroke and heart attack, followed by being diagnosed with the type of cancer that killed his father. These events made him look back in his life and tell the young graduates about his experiences, guiding them into ways to live a fulfilled life. He throws light on a number of events in business to explain simple life lessons, such as the downfall of Blockbuster due to negligence in changing their strategy. He tells the readers that the reason behind many businesses’ failure is that the owners are only concerned with the profits they make, not the needs of their customer.
He also makes use of other business stories to tell the readers that they shouldn’t make a decision by marginal thinking without considering the whole picture. Christensen also attempts to deal with the subject of choosing a career option that will produce satisfaction. He also offers practical advice to those who are confused whether their personal relationships will be a source of happiness in the future. He also guides the readers into maintaining their integrity in tough times and staying away from jail.
About The Authors
Clayton M. Christensen is an author, and educator.
Christensen has written The Innovator’s Solution: Creating And Sustaining Successful Growth, and The Innovator’s DNA.
Christiansen was born on 6th April, 1952, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his undergraduate degree with the highest honors from Brigham Young University (BYU), in Economics. He also holds an M.Phil. from Oxford University, an MBA, and DBA, both from Harvard Business School. Christensen is on the board of directors of Tata Consultancy Services and currently serves at Harvard Business School, as the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration.
Karen Dillon is an author and journalist.
Dillon was previously an editor at the Harvard Business Review. She was listed as one of the world’s most influential and inspiring women.
James Allworth is an author and innovations expert.
Allworth currently serves as a Fellow of the Forum for Growth and Innovation. He also contributes to Harvard Business Review on a regular basis, and his write-ups have been published in Business Insider and Bloomberg.