Clayton Christensen: Just a guy from Rose Park

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  • farley Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    I don't know Clay well, but I do know him -- what a great guy. The article captured his goodness, his just-plain-ol' goodness really well. A genius whose feet are on the ground. A huge success who makes you think you are the most important, brightest guy in the room. I want to be like Clay when I grow up -- and I'm about 5 years older than he is.

  • wesw Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    I was touched by the article. I learned of a business theory I've not before known; read about a man who has faced many hardships and developed a faith that transcends wealth, career or aspirations. His humility to the God he loves and the lives' he's changed are admirable. I want to be more like him. God bless him as he continues teaching, writing and working following his stroke and may he remain free from cancer. People like Christensen are part of what's right with this world.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    Article: "As a non-alcohol-drinking Mormon (he served as an area Seventy), Christensen..."

    I know the Des News readership is predominantly LDS, but writers should not assume that all readers are familiar with LDS terms. I get from context that "an area Seventy" is a position of some responsibility and importance, but it also strikes me as a little bit slangy (i.e. not the official job title). If the DesNews wants to be perceived as a newspaper of record and not just a house organ, it's style should strive to be a little bit less inside [church league] baseball.

  • three cents Brigham City, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    I dont get it. Why does Deseret News carry this huge 7-web-page article glorifying the very person whose idea (disruptive innovation) had just contributed to the 43% staff cut at the Deseret News three months ago? Can someone explain this to me? Isn't this a bit ironic?

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    Celebrating success is acceptable behavior with me. Being proud of one's earned accomplishments is desirable. Being an innovator, solving problems in the real world is worthy of recognition, and especially for home boy from the west side of Salt Lake City. Clayton you're cool man, all the way.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    runwasatch, is right. Jack, you're wrong.

    I'm also cautious (and advise others to be equally cautious) when we put fellow saints on pedestals and celebrate the celebrity. Pride precedes the fall.

    It's okay to cheer success. However, some of us love the limelight, while others adore those in the limelight. I don't see any good that comes out of either behavior.

    I welcome challenging ideas, but if you want to prove both me and runwasatch wrong, please provide scripture reference.

    Celebrating the Mormon celebrity never carries with it any warm and fuzzy feelings. Just the opposite.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Nov. 28, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    While you are right to watch out for pride, I think you missed the boat on what pride actually is. Pride is thinking mostly of yourself, and then telling yourself how much better than others you are. It isn't celebrating accomplishments. Clearly, Bro Christensen isn't thinking about himself and how much better than others he is; rather he is thinking of how he can help others and he notes that fact in the article. He knows that God will judge him based on how he served and elevated others.

    As you said, you do not understand. Please, make an effort to see the point of this article. It isn't to celebrate celebrity, it is to show how someone have done exceptionally well doing what he does best in the service of the Lord and His purposes.

  • runwasatch Ogden, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    i do not understand the LDS's need to celebrate celebrity within its membership. Pride...the central theme of a sin. Strange that so many of our memebers strain and clamour to elevate mormon celebrity...

  • Rocko San Diego, CA
    Nov. 28, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Clay was my professor at HBS and is one of the most brilliant, humble, hard-working, and inspiring people I've ever met. I'm glad articles like this give more people a chance to get to know him.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Clayton is a true innovator. Too bad when he came to Utah and offered to speak to Utah edducation leaders at no charge, the only representatives there were one school district and the charter schools. What a lost opportunity for them. In spite of the lip service currently being paid to upgrade our education system, it really can't and won't happen unless we embrace innovative change. Something bureaucracies loathe.

  • Europe Topeno, Finland
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    Thanks, for this article. Always GREAT to read/hear of/about Clayton Christensen.
    For an INNOVATOR, like Clayton, the true DILEMMA is - do the rest of us get it... the clear path we, too, should follow.


  • working class Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    Christensen is a solid citizen and in many respects the ideal Mormon scholar - plenty of achievement and unstinting devotion to the market system. My background is similar to Christensen's - westside boyhood, West High, etc. But my views of American capitalism are not as sanguine as his, in large part because I have been beaten up in the system more than he, and also because of my very different academic background. I mean no disrespect toward Christensen - his record is extraordinary. But his view of the world is not the only valid one, as would be ascerted by the LDS faith and culture.