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