How Will You Measure Your Life?

By Gerald Walsh ©

This is the title of one of my favourite business books of all time. It was written by Professor Clayton Christensen, a renowned Harvard Business School professor who, sadly, died last week at the age of 67.

Although I never met Dr. Christensen in person, he taught me a lot about business, careers, strategy, and life in general through his books, videos, speeches, and numerous articles.

My favourite though was How Will You Measure Your Life? co-written with Karen Dillon. The book—which I hope you will read if you haven’t already—offers up a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life.

The theme of this book is that happiness in our lives won’t come from our work or our achievements professionally. Rather our happiness will come from close, loving relationships with our family and close friends.

Rather than expanding upon it here in this blog, I’d like to direct you to a short 10-minute You Tube video which is Dr. Christensen’s acceptance speech at the 2013 Thinkers 50 award. This award is given to the most influential management thinker in the world.

I encourage you to watch the entire video but especially the last three minutes (starting at 7:40)

Here is the video of Dr. Christensen's speech.


Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. During a 25+ year career, he has interviewed more than 10,000 job candidates, completed hundreds of successful searches for a range of organizations and guided many individuals – from young professionals to senior executives – to successful career change. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @@Gerald_Walsh and LinkedIn.