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Smarter Faster Better

The Secrets of Being Productive
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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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 Charles Duhigg ; 2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Very helpful for starting my own business give me the motivation I need.

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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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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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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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Dissapointed

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

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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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Would you try another book written by Charles Duhigg or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

Not likely.

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I would have someone else read it.

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Most certainly not.

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I'd probably attempt reading the book.

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It wasn't easy to enjoy listening to this audiobook because of the narrator's fast, broken pace, and overly enthusiastic yet somehow monotonous manner of reading. Had to stop 2 hours into the book because of that...

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great book

the book is full of interesting stories that help the reader understand how focus and structured approach to goal setting and attention help us keep up the motivation to achive great results

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Fantastic

This is a great book, the most important chapter on personal productivity is the first. The majority of the rest of the book is better aimed at those managing others. However there are still things for everyone to learn from the other chapters. The whole book is a very enjoyable and entertaining listen.

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Useful nuggets of information.

I found that I was able to take something away from each chapter. Some of these things I could use in the workplace and at home. Im very pleased with my first audible purchase.

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  • T. Wolf
  • 10-11-19

Well Summed Up Principles

The book seems to sum up productivity and work principles. Perhaps nothing new, but all in one place with some captivating stories around it. I can only recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

On my 4th Repeat!

Charles Duhigg sews together ideas that build upon each other mixing real life applications with scientific theory. This has become my go to book when seeking productivity tips.

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  • Rurik McKaiser
  • 12-01-19

Worth a read and needs a second read

This book is definitely worth a read, and may take a second and third read to fully embrace the tools and wisdom it contains.

For me, the last chapter should have been the first chapter, OR at the very least, the author should have offered the reader the option to first read the very last chapter and then start reading the book from the front.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, AND from the time to time the case studies were a bit drawn out. It would be an "even better if" if Duhigg could give very clear and specific tools and suggestions at the end of each chapter, as he did at the end of the book.

I love the personal style of Duhigg's writing and his passion for his subject matter is very admirable. The manner in which he shares his humanity so richly in the final chapter is wonderful. I am burning to read his next book.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Awesome Practical Insights

Loved the book. Kept making sure that everyday made time to listen to it. Narration was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-18

Very practical and engaging from the word Go.

I've listened to it for a second time. My first time listen proved that I was a different person compared to this second one. Looking forward to a third listen.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 23-03-18

Great book with wonderful ideas. I recommend this book to anyone looking for ways to maximize productivity.

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  • Artur
  • 03-01-17

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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  • Mubbashir
  • 12-05-16

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.