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Smarter Faster Better Audiobook

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive

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Publisher's Summary

In the international best seller The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity.

A group of data scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of how the best teams function and find that how a group interacts is much more important than who is in the group.

A marine corps general, faced with low morale among recruits, reimagines boot camp - and discovers that instilling a 'bias toward action' can turn even the most directionless teenagers into self-motivating achievers.

The filmmakers behind Disney's Frozen are on the brink of catastrophe - until they shake up their team in just the right way, spurring a creative breakthrough that leads to one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

What do these people have in common? They know that productivity relies on making certain choices. The way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to drive innovation: these are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.

At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts - from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making - that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioural eco­nomics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, airplane pilots and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies and organizations don't merely act differently.

They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

©2016 Random House AudioBooks; 2016 Charles Duhigg

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    Craig Ogston 08/04/2016
    Craig Ogston 08/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Good stories
    Interesting insights
    Scientific approach
    Very helpful for starting my own business give me the motivation I need.

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    DARREN GILLESPIE 25/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Dissapointed"

    Examples very long winded. Needs more what you personally can do. Was hoping for more.

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    William London, United Kingdom 29/11/2016
    William London, United Kingdom 29/11/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Hopefully now I have acquired all"

    Hopefully now I have acquired all of the above.

    The book offers some very interesting insights and stories to support the authors concepts. A stimulating read that had me actioning ideas after hopping out of the car along with some good ideas on process.

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    Nifty 17/11/2016
    Nifty 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good; thought provoking. Needs better mechanics at end"

    The end of the book is the part that tells you how to implement the lessons, but it feels like an after thought. The mechanics of implementation should be more in depth, more specific and at the end of each chapter, as well as summarised at the end.

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    mr j santosh 09/11/2016
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    "best book for me to date"

    loved it and re reading to try and capture further lessons. narrated in a clear way.

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    "Meh :-("

    overindulgent stories that loosely and speculativley demonstrate the lessons this book barely portrays. Started off really well but then just tapers off in to loads of stodge about nothing. Nowhere near the level of his previous offering "The power of habit" which i highly recommend

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    Amazon Customer 09/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Useful, practical and very engaging book"

    I decided to read this book to find ideas on how to become more productive and use my time efficiently at home and at work.
    The concepts the book introduced were very insightful and applicable to many areas of my life that I could improve in.
    I especially liked how the book summarises in the last chapter how each concept can be used practically and how they all tied together.
    The book's delivery of research in a narrative style made it an easy listen and incredibly engaging.
    It has definitely changed the way of think most significantly in the area of focus, goal and decision making.
    Would definitely recommend to anyone who owns their own business and needs to better manage their time or anyone juggling many commitments (which is probably most of us!)

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    Martin Bechtle 28/09/2016
    Martin Bechtle 28/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Content not bad"

    The content isn't bad, but the interpretation and the excessively long stories make it boring and hard to effectively pull out useful notions.

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    Bernice 19/09/2016
    Bernice 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks and will listen to a book whilst gardening or doing things around the house.

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    "Missed Learning Opportunities."

    I liked this book as the stories were interesting and the narration captivating.

    However, the stories were very long and the moral of the story was not always clearly stated, something that you had to deduce. I thought this was a missed learning opportunity.There was little 'how to' in this book, again something you had to largely deduce.

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    Wadham 7 LONDON 16/09/2016
    Wadham 7 LONDON 16/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read"

    So much practical advice that I immediately what to take action on. This will be a book I will read, read and read again.

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    "A lot of stories with some real gems "

    A nice book and some very good insights and practical approaches around work and productivity. But filled with too widely knit stories and sometined difficult to connect. Overall a gid book.

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