March 7th, 2012


:: How Will You Measure Your Life ::

:: How Will You Measure Your Life ::

I have read this article about a year back, and this morning, after reading it again, I found it to be as refreshing and insightful as the first time I read it. The article was written by Clayton Christensen, a professor from the Harvard University, and published in the Harvard Business Review. Clayton Christensen is also better known as the one who articulated the theory of "Disruptive Innovation".

I have copied the entire article below, for my storage and reference in the future, as well as for sharing. If you do not have time to read it, I have summarized the key points right below this sentence:

a. Instead of answering to his students directly, Christensen would run the questions aloud through one of his models, and the students would eventually answer their own questions, and with more insight.

b. The powerful motivator in our lives is not money; it is the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements.

c. Doing deals does not yield the same rewards as building up people.

d. If companies' decision-making systems are designed for only short-term attainment and goals, then companies shortchange investments in initiatives that are crucial to their long-term strategies.

e. Clarity about our purpose will trump any other strategic theories and models.

f. People with a high need for achievement are likely to allocate resources for things that yield the most immediate and tangible results, and may neglect long term relationship that matters.

g. *** Avoid the Marginal Cost mistake ***

h. Remember the importance of humility.

Read the article if you have time!

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