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