Remembering Clayton Christensen
Dear CSS Members and Colleagues:
This past week a Gentle Giant of Business (He was 6’8”) and Spirituality passed away. Clayton Christensen managed to differentiate between success in business and in life and in his own words pointed out that “God does not employ accountants.” This means that he truly believed the metrics of measuring our life’s worth including money, power, and accomplishments are short term measures versus the long term measures such as mentorship and impact on others. Of the many seminal publications he contributed to our understanding of Disruptive Innovation and Business Strategy, the one which has influenced me the most was a book he wrote entitled “How Will You Measure your life.” I gave this to all my children and have read it several times. It is a must for your reading list. Enclosed are some links and articles relevant to understanding this man as well as a direct link to his TED Talk with the same title as the book I just mentioned. You can find some of his best work in HBR as well. As our organization is dedicated to innovation, collaborative work, creating value and mentorship of our members, I thought it only fitting that I pay tribute to this great man. Rest in Peace Clayton Christensen.
Jon “JP” Warner, MD