How will you measure your life? Clayton M Christensen wrote an article with insight and impact addressed to his outgoing 2010 MBA class, and published in the July-August edition of the Harvard Business Review Magazine.
The following are just a few Dr. Christensen’s thought provoking statements:
“Doing deals does not yield the deep rewards that come from building up people.”
Referring to the many students who return to their Harvard reunions years later unhappy, “They didn’t keep the purpose of their lives front and center as they decided how to spend their time, talents, and energy.”
“People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to under invest in their families and over invest in their careers… even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.”
“Culture, in compelling but unspoken ways, dictates the proven acceptable methods by which of the group address recurrent problems, a powerful management tool.”
Being self accountable means having a strategy for life, of which work/careers are only part of the story. We need a strategy and ways to measure success. Self respect includes having the courage to be balanced. Abundance is being confident enough to know that managing your time, talent and energy will turn out ok; you will have what you need.
Christensen has so much to say, I’ll have more on this in my next blog.