Must-Read: Harvard Business Guru's Own Diabetes, Cancer, Stroke Shape His Views

Forbes Magazine has just posted here a deeply personal, multi-faceted feature on Clayton Christensen, the renowned Harvard Business School professor and co-author of "The Innovator's Prescription," a 2009 book on what is wrong with the health care system and how to fix it.

The Forbes piece includes his own struggles with diabetes, cancer and a recent stroke, as well as the deep religious beliefs that permeate his life. Accordiing to Forbes writer David Whelan:

Christensen's work took on new urgency the past few years as he suffered a heart attack followed by cancer followed by a stroke. For Christensen it was not a reason to get too upset. It was another opportunity, in a lifetime full of them, to gain insight into how to make the world work better. Because of his July stroke it took a long time for Christensen to be ready to sit down with FORBES. He was in intensive speech therapy, eight hours a day at the beginning. But he graciously agreed to tell his inspiring story in January, the same month he went back to teaching.

This program aired on March 4, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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