My clients will recognize my constant encouragement to set measurable objectives, and then utilize consistent process to apply metrics consciously and mindfully… for business goals and career goals.
Now there’s a book that helps define the benefit of this philosophy for your personal life, particularly if you are a busy and forward-driving executive or entrepreneur.
Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School wrote How Will You Measure Your Life? after a series of life events propelled him to share his point of view (an amazing and moving story).
He writes that his first clue that there was a problem with ensuring a happy and successful personal life was when he attended an HBS reunion to discover that nearly every member of his class had been spectacularly unsuccessful (and generally unhappy) in their personal and family lives, despite many accomplishments in their professional lives. Sound familiar?
I appreciated Christensen’s realization that his classmates were extraordinarily gifted, with both talent and opportunity, trained to cast sophisticated strategy into aggressive business plans, and execute accordingly. It wasn’t that they had planned to be unsuccessful in their personal lives, it was simply that they had no plan for their personal lives… and perhaps predictably, the results weren’t what they had assumed.
This realization is at the core of mindful and thoughtful coaching. Set measurable objectives, explicitly and thoughtfully, and then scrupulously measure progress against the objectives.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough for every entrepreneur and business person; get it and read it.