Category: Thoughts & blogs


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 »


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 »


Inc: Success. You’re Measuring It Wrong.

Posted on July 27th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

Inc has just posted a review and discussion of How Will You Measure Your Life? and the concepts in the book:

“Typically, the way you calculate profitability, investments that pay off tomorrow go to the bottom line and are much more tangible than investments that pay off 10 years from now,” he says, before noting that this pursuit of short-term achievement distorts the lives of people as well as companies.

Head over to Inc to read the full post.


Skip Prichard interviews Clay, James and Karen

Posted on July 27th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram, has just interviewed the three authors on How Will You Measure Your Life?; from the interview:

And that’s the value of theory. Good, causal theory allows us to look out into the future with incredible acuity.

There’s an example I love to share of mankind’s first attempts to fly. When our early aviators looked at the world’s “best practice” fliers—birds—they saw two things almost all these had in common: wings and feathers. So, they strapped on wings and feathers, climbed to the top of cathedral spires, jumped off and flapped hard. It rarely worked out well.

You see, wings and feathers were correlated with flight. But they didn’t cause flight.

Head over to Skip’s blog to read the full interview.


How Will You Measure Your Life at TEDxBoston

Posted on July 23rd, by James in Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

At the recent TEDxBoston, Clay spoke on How Will You Measure Your Life:

Head over to the TEDxBoston site to see all the details.


Don’t indulge. Be happy.

Posted on July 10th, by James in Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

The New York Times is running a wonderful article about the relationship between income and happiness. From the article:

The catch is that additional income doesn’t buy us any additional happiness on a typical day once we reach that comfortable standard. The magic number that defines this “comfortable standard” varies across individuals and countries, but in the United States, it seems to fall somewhere around $75,000. Using Gallup data collected from almost half a million Americans, researchers at Princeton found that higher household incomes were associated with better moods on a daily basis — but the beneficial effects of money tapered off entirely after the $75,000 mark.

Why, then, do so many of us bother to work so hard long after we have reached an income level sufficient to make most of us happy? One reason is that our ideas about the … Read More »


Money Life interviews James

Posted on June 18th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

Chuck Jaffe Interviews James AllworthChuck Jaffe, senior columnist for MoneyWatch, just interviewed James for his MoneyLife show. Interested in listening? It’s available right here.


This Father’s Day, looking back on what matters most

Posted on June 17th, by James in Thoughts & blogs. 1 Comment

The Huffington Post is running a blog on Father’s Day, written by Karen and applying some of the theories of the book:

Decades later when I became a parent myself, I began to truly appreciate what my dad had done. I imagine it was extremely tempting for him — it was for me — to assume he could sequence his life. He might have thought he could focus for a decade or so on getting ahead in his career, believing his family would understand. Then, when we really needed him — say, in high school — he could finally turn his attention to his three children having established himself professionally.

But had he done so, he would have unwittingly missed what may have been the most significant years of our childhood. They might not have been high return on investment years for … Read More »


Before you sign up for that extra week of camp…

Posted on June 14th, by James in Thoughts & blogs. Comments Off

The Huffington Post is running an article by Karen, looking at the dangers of outsourcing and the importance of building capabilities in our children:

The same is true for our children. We want our kids to get ahead and believe that the opportunities and experiences we have provided them will help them do exactly that. But the nature of an endless stream of time-consuming extracurricular activities may not actually help them prepare to “compete” in the future. If they’re not deeply engaged and challenged to do hard things, we’re not preparing our children to develop the capabilities they’ll need to succeed in the future.

Our children need to tackle hard problems. They need to learn how to pick themselves up from failure. They need to learn their capabilities. I have wonderful memories of my own summer camp experience — taking my turn … Read More »