Deseret News Exclusive: Excerpt from Clayton Christensen's 'How Will You Measure Your Life?'

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  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    May 28, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Clayton is a great man, a superb teacher at an elite business school, and an recent acquaintance. Any one of us could find great personal benefit in this book, but we have to stop thinking we know it all ourself already, or it just isn't going to help us. Open up.

  • Aimless Bellevue, WA
    May 23, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    MapleDon, you need to get out of Springville! A great article about Christensen in a recent New Yorker shows him on his knees, humbly pleading with the Lord for guidance! I was so impressed with his story, I'm giving a copy to all my adult children! And just for the record. none of them are slouchers! Sincerely, Amy Hillyard Jensen

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    May 23, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Re Jared:

    Gee. Sounds like Elder Christensen has the answer to all of life's problems. Perhaps, we ought to start using his books instead of the scriptures.

  • Jared Average, SE
    May 23, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    Re: MapleDon

    Clay Christensen ran a business before going back to Harvard to teach. He's also someone who a lot of business leaders listen to. Ever heard of Steve Jobs? Steve really liked Clay's Innovator's Dilemma book. It's one of the reasons Apple is where it is today (I'm not saying a major reason, just one of the reasons).

    Yes, you probably have read the concepts before - most of them are not new. Clay Christensen just has a great way of putting them all together in such a way that people can understand them. That's a gift.

  • Festus riverton, utah
    May 23, 2012 3:59 a.m.

    I feel sorry for those of you who can't gleen one bit of useful information to help your lives.
    Read the whole book and opem your mind.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    May 22, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    It seems I've read these concepts many times before. There are many promotional speakers and writers who like to tell salesmen/businessmen how to sell products, run their businesses, or live their lives.

    Running a business actually requires getting your hands dirty. I have a tendency to listen more to those who are actually in the midst of making a successful business, rather than seminar speakers and writers (or even college professors).

    This is nothing short of a shameless plug for one of DesNews' board members' books.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 22, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Yeah, I read this book. lessons from a business professor on how to run your life like a business. Bleah.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 22, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Excellent article. I wonder if it has to do with how we measure success. There are a lot of successful people in this world who have never been to Harvard or any other prestigious university. My father had an eight grade education. He has grandchildren that have graduated law school and earned masters degrees and serve faithfully in the church. He raised five children that have all been successful in life. Something to think about.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2012 12:00 a.m.

    This is an interesting read provided by Clayton. If it has one problem, and this is not a major criticism, it is that it is the life and adventures and problems of people I would call "high flyers" or the corporate elite. Their problems are real, but it is interesting to compare their problems with "low flyers" like me. I've been to school and received degress but not the prestigious ones Clayton knows. We "low flyers" know the terror of being out of work and not being able to get it for months (even in good times). I've been there and know the shear fright of trying to hold a family together wihtout a job. That's why my views are somewhat different than Clayton's though I do respect his efforts.