“First, how can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career? Second, how can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and my family become an enduring source of happiness? Third, how can I be sure I’ll stay out of jail?”
Clayton Christensen | 1952 – 2020
American academic & business consultant
Clayton died a couple weeks ago at the age of 67.
He’s best-known for his 1997 book, ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma.’ In it, he introduced what he called ‘disruptive innovation.’ The basic idea: Larger established companies tend to have a hard time serving simpler and less-profitable needs of insignificant markets. Smaller companies step in to serve those needs and then work their way up. Much more there, of course.
But maybe even more important to the big picture (in my opinion), is his article that led to a book with the same title, ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’ It’s a perfect growth read for the weekend or a well-earned break (15-minutes to read, recurring reflection forever … hopefully).
The thought above is from the article. It’s something he’d ask his Harvard students on the last day of class.
Another not-to-miss reminder from the piece is the story he imagines about a person leaving for work on high-note and then returning home 10 hours later; and the impact a manager can have on that person and their family.
“Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well,” he concludes.
How do you practice it well?
Model the behavior you want to see. Connect with the people you lead. Involve them as much as possible.
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