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

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    Abigail W. 23/01/2017
    Abigail W. 23/01/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Rambling with No Real Message"

    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.

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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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    Amazon Customer 04/07/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Very interesting narrative but not very actionable"

    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.

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    Anthony P. 09/03/2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this audiobook. Some of the examples are quite long winded when he illustrates his point but he makes all of the ideas interesting and accessible.

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    Joe Dreimann Sheffield, UK 16/09/2017
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    "Anecdata (anecdotal data)"

    Mostly anecdotal evidence, heavy on stories rather than reproducible research results. Interesting stories, but mostly in unique circumstances.

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    Anonymous 01/08/2017
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    "Brilliant Book!"

    I loved it and most memorable was the description of the mental models and cognitive tunneling. The narration was excellently done.

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    Ruth 16/07/2017
    Ruth 16/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, very insightful"

    The points were well illustrated using great examples and it included lots of practical tips. Just as good if not better than Duhigg's the Power of Habit.

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    Richard McCall 08/07/2017
    Richard McCall 08/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A well thought out book"

    I will certainly be taking away some of the concepts from this book and putting them into practice. I am sure they will help me create a better structure in managing projects. excellent performance and excellent structure.

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    "Insightful"

    Great book and great Insights to daily tricks all ties in at the end loved it. Listening to a few chapters many times over

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    12/05/16
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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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