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
Not sure what the point of this book was. Never really gives any actual ways of incorporating the ideas. The ideas presented are a bit high level and vague.
The content isn't bad, but the interpretation and the excessively long stories make it boring and hard to effectively pull out useful notions.
I have very mixed feelings about this book, but it comes down to two key thoughts:
The stories in that illustrate the books narrative are insightful and interesting, and for the most part unique to this book - Which makes a refreshing change from the usual retellings of the same studies over and over - So if you're looking for something new in that area, this book might suite you.
On the other hand, there isn't really much actionable content, and the book jumps all over the place and while it raises some interesting topics and highlights some real world examples it falls short of bringing the ideas together cleanly in one place.
So, when you're reading books like this if you're drawn to the narrative and storytelling side of the books, or want to explore a new style of writing, maybe give this a go.
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.
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.
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
Great book and great Insights to daily tricks all ties in at the end loved it. Listening to a few chapters many times over
"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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