Category: Press & Reviews


Over at Time: Using Business Strategy to Find Your Life’s Purpose

Posted on August 5th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

Time Magazine has an article up about How Will You Measure Your Life?, talking about using business strategy to find your life’s purpose. From the article:

What’s your five-year plan? Your ten-year plan?

If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably something along the lines of “I have no idea.”

And just being asked that question makes you feel inadequate. Like you’re always supposed to know what the future will hold.

Read more over at Time >>>


The Graduation Advice We Wish We’d Been Given

Posted on May 21st, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

The Harvard Business Review has just posted The Graduation Advice We Wish We’d Been Given. It features some of HBR’s favorite writers, and includes both Karen Dillon and James Allworth. From the article:

Understand the way your mind works in relation to motivation. Money, a fancy title, a prestigious firm — these are what are known as extrinsic factors. Your friends and family can see them, you can put them on a resume, or discuss them in a job interview. But these visible, extrinsic factors are not a source of contentment. Rather, the research suggests they’re actually a source of discontentment — when they’re absent. In other words, having these extrinsic motivators in abundance won’t make you happy; instead, all that abundance will result in is an absence of dissatisfaction. That’s (obviously) not the same thing as being satisfied.

True motivation relies … Read More »


RadioNZ interviews James Allworth on HWYMYL

Posted on December 18th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

Radio New Zealand has just posted an interview on How Will You Measure Your Life? with James.

Head on over to their website to listen to the full interview.


WSJ: Twelve Months of Reading

Posted on December 18th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

The Wall Street Journal has asked 50 of its friends to share what books they enjoyed in 2012. We are deeply honored that the Secretary of Education, Mr Arne Duncan, had this to say about How Will You Measure Your Life?:

“Clayton Christensen is a provocative thinker, and I have been greatly influenced by his work on disruptive innovation and how it can transform education. In “How Will You Measure Your Life?” he discusses how to spend your most precious resource: your time. His thoughtfulness about the balance between work and family deeply resonated with me. Financial or career success means nothing if I haven’t built strong, long-term relationships and kept my focus on my family—that is what constitutes a meaningful and happy life.”

Head on over to the WSJ to see the full article.


Financial Times top books of 2012

Posted on December 4th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

The Financial Times has named its top books for 2012 — and we’re honored that How Will You Measure Your Life? has been included.

From the article:

One of Harvard Business School’s best-known management academics, Christensen traditionally ends his course by helping his students examine their lives and careers. Here he distils those lessons into a guide about how not to become “the kind of person you never wanted to be”.

Head over to the FT website to read the full article.


Fast Company’s Top Books for 2012

Posted on December 4th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

Fast Company have just awarded their top books for 2012. We’re very excited to be included in their list!

From the article:

Clay Christensen is one of the most esteemed minds in business. In How Will You Measure Your Life?, he and coauthors James Allworth and Karen Dillon investigate what it means to have a fulfilling career, and finds that it is both a focused and open process.

“I believe that we can, in a deliberate way, articulate the kind of people we want to become,” he says. “As the rest of life happens to you, you can utilize those things to help you become the kind of person you want to be.”

Head over to Fast Company to see the full list.


Harvard Gazette: “Best Practices Writ Large”

Posted on September 19th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

The Harvard Gazette is running a feature on How Will You Measure Your Life?:

The result is a deeply personal book that puts years of Christensen’s observations on human behavior to paper, a process he calls “one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life.”

“How Will You Measure Your Life?” — co-written with his former student James Allworth, M.B.A. ’10, and former Harvard Business Review editor Karen Dillon — was a labor of love for Christensen, author of the seminal business text “The Innovator’s Dilemma.”

Far from offering self-help or ways-to-succeed platitudes, the book takes on life’s big questions — how to balance work and home life, how to maintain a marriage and raise children, how to adhere to ethical and moral standards — using the rigorous framework of the business models Christensen has developed over two decades.

Head over to the Gazette … Read More »


inDay Speaker Series: How Will You Measure Your Life?

Posted on August 11th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

Clay was recently invited to LinkedIn to speak on the topic of How Will You Measure Your Life. They have posted a blog and a full video of the speech:

Professor Clayton Christensen is well known for his best-selling publication, The Innovator’s Dilemma, and several successful follow-on books where he applies his influential theory of disruptive innovation to social issues like education and healthcare. Clay not only has an incredibly intelligent and visionary mind, but he’s also a caring, thoughtful, and witty individual. I was fortunate enough to get a seat in his popular class at Harvard Business School, and to get to know him on a more personal level as a family friend. After being inspired by his most recent book, How Will You Measure Your Life?, where he takes his impactful business teachings and applies them to an individual’s … Read More »


BusinessInsider: 15 Business Theories That Will Improve Your Life

Posted on August 11th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

BusinessInsider is running a feature on How Will You Measure Your Life, distilling down lessons taken from the book:

Many companies operate on the “principal agent,” or “incentive theory.” It’s based on research by economists Michael Jensen and William Meckling, who determined that people work as hard as you pay them. For example, it’s why shareholder values are aligned with executive compensation.
But incentives are not the same as motivation. Incentives are based on “hygiene factors,” including status and job security. Motivating factors include a broader sense of purpose.
If you choose a job based on motivating factors, you are much more likely to be rewarded with hygiene factors, because you will do your job well — you’re intrinsically motivated.
Hygiene factors only go so far, and operating on a principal agent theory will eventually lead to burnout.

Head over to BI to read the … Read More »


MIT Sloan features “How Will You Measure Your Life”

Posted on August 11th, by James in Press & Reviews. Comments Off

MIT Sloan Management Review has a feature on How Will You Measure Your Life. From the article:

That last topic, about how people falter, is one that Christensen is particularly passionate about these days. The New Yorker article, for instance, includes this passage:
He had seen many people tell themselves that they could divide their lives into stages, spending the first part pushing forward their careers, and imagining that at some future point they would spend time with their families – only to find that by then their families were gone.
Christensen has written a book on this topic, called How Will You Measure Your Life? (HarperBusiness, 2012).

Head over to MIT Sloan Management Review to read the full post.