The High Achiever’s Paradox: How Will You Measure Your Life?
Why do so many high achievers end up unhappy in their careers – and their lives? That’s a question Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen set out to answer. One of the world’s most respected academics and thought leaders, he helps aspiring MBAs and CEOs alike apply management and innovation theories to build stronger companies (his “Innovator’s Dilemma” was the only business book Steve Jobs kept on his bookshelf). But during the final lecture of every semester, Christensen focuses on a surprisingly non-business issue: how will his students ensure not only a successful career – but a happy life? That ‘last class’ had become so coveted among Christensen’s students that Karen Dillon, then-editor of Harvard Business Review, was inspired to turn it into a story for the magazine. Since then, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” has become so much more than a lecture, an article and a book, which Dillon co-wrote with Christensen. The experience was life-changing for Dillon, who walked away from the top job of one of the world’s most influential magazines. What can a business school professor say that is powerful enough to trigger such response – in Dillon and the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Christensen’s thinking? Dillon shares her first-hand perspective and offers an answer to why high achievers are hardwired to make the very choices that can lead to personal and professional dissatisfaction. While there are no easy answers to life’s many demands, there is a way to find meaning and happiness in life.
How To Work With Anyone – Including People You Really Don’t Like
Every organization has its share of political drama. Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. Is your office plagued with tension, negativity, and power plays? Is it derailing your focus? Working with a wide-range of complex human beings isn’t easy, but it’s necessary, and doing so successfully comes down to communications and relationships. Having a “people” strategy is essential, believes Karen Dillon – for the good of your organization, your career and your life. The former Harvard Business Review editor shares her insights from personal experiences and research. Drawn from her book, the “HBR Guide to Office Politics,” she discusses how, with the right mindset and tools, you can help your group stop bickering and start getting really good work done instead. “Politics” doesn’t need to be a dirty word, she says.