Summary: How will you measure your Life? by Clayton Christensen

July 22, 2012

Appears 2010 batch of HBS graduating class asked Clayton Christensen on how to apply his thinking and principles in their personal life!.

  1. Create a Strategy for your Life
  2. Allocate your resources
  3. Create a Culture
  4. Avoid the “Marginal costs” mistake – Justification for infidelity and dishonesty in all their manifestations lies in the marginal cost economics of “just this once.” It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.
  5. Remember the importance of Humility – One characteristic of humble people is: they have a high level of self-esteem. Humility is not defined by self-deprecating behavior or attitudes but by the esteem with which you regard others. Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility. Generally you can be humble only if you feel really good about yourself—and you want to help those around you feel really good about themselves, too. When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.
  6. Choose the Right yardstick – Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.

Clayton refers to his making a promise to God that he wouldn’t play on Sundays. When his Oxford University team went on doing well and reached the final four of championship game – he kept his promise to God inspite of pressures from fellow players and choice, thus overcoming the “Just this time” justification.

He also refers to his diagnosis of cancer and his realization that “God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.”




July 22, 2012

Integrity and maturity is about realizing “one person’s success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others.” (Stephen Covey)

Ann Landers – Maturity is many things.
– It is the ability to base a judgment on the big picture, the long haul.
– It means being able to resist the urge for immediate gratification and opt for the course of action that will pay off later. One of the characteristics of the young is “I want it now.” Grown-up people can wait.
– Maturity is perseverance – the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setbacks, and stick with it until it is finished. The adult who is constantly changing jobs, changing friends and changing mates is immature. He can’t stick it out because he hasn’t grown up.
– Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.
– The mature person can face unpleasantness, frustrations, discomfort and defeat without collapsing or complaining. He knows he can’t have everything his own way every time. He is able to defer to circumstances, to other people – and to time. He knows when to compromise and is not too proud to do it.
– Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say, “I was wrong.” And, when he is right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so.”
– Maturity is the ability to live up to your responsibilities, and this means being dependable. It means keeping your word. Dependability is the hallmark of integrity. Do you mean what you say – -and do you say what you mean? Unfortunately, the world is filed with people who can’t be counted on. When you need them most, they are among the missing. They never seem to come through in the clutches. They break promises and substitute alibis for performance. They show up late or not at all. They are confused and disorganized. Their lives are a chaotic maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions that somehow never materialize. They are always a day late and a dollar short.
– Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. Immature people spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then do nothing. Action requires courage. Without courage, little is accomplished.
– Maturity is the ability to harness your abilities and your energies and do more than is expected. The mature person refuses to settle for mediocrity. He would rather aim high and miss the mark than aim low – and make it.
– Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change, the courage to change that which should be changed, no matter what it takes, and the wisdom to know the difference.

TCS World 10K Announced, 27-May-2012!

March 10, 2012

I started my running towards the end of 2011 and did not have the opportunity to run in this event earlier. Another 11 weeks to go, for the event which was called Sun Feast World 10K earlier. Getting ready!

— Its Official! I finished in 1 hr: 00 min: 09 sec!!

What motivates us?

January 26, 2012

Frederick Herzberg  asserted that the powerful motivator in our lives isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements – as shared by Clayton Christensen with HBS graduating class 2010.

He also said “Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team. More and more MBA students come to school thinking that a career in business means buying, selling, and investing in companies. That’s unfortunate. Doing deals doesn’t yield the deep rewards that come from building up people.”

Google Doodle on 26-Jan-2012, Indian Republic Day

January 26, 2012

According to Environment ministry 2007 consensus, India has approx. 27,700 elephants.

Success… according to Emerson

January 22, 2012

Ralph Waldo Emerson defined success as:

  • To laugh often and much
  • to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
  • to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
  • to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others
  • to leave the world a bit better
  • whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition
  • to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded.

Trust Research Advisory’ The Brand Trust Report India Study 2011

January 22, 2012

Nokia, Tata Sons and Sony top in 2011 Trust Report. Infosys, Wipro and TCS take 35, 37 and 76 positions resp.


20 years of Sensex (1991 – 2011)

January 7, 2012

Niranjan’s IQ test | 01-01-2012

January 1, 2012

Niranjan took an IQ test at “Free IQ Test”, did not have the option to choose 2002 which was was his birth year. Had to go with 2001.

IQ Test – IQ Test

Caloric values of common food items

December 27, 2011