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The first half of Smarter Faster Better was very good but the second half repeated a lot of content that I have read in other management and economics books. Fans of Power of Habit should definitely give it a read but if you stay current on all of the latest management trends you might not find much new here. Overall the book is well written and easy to read.
— Justin, Atlanta
Productivity is a big problem in today’s workplace. There are more distractions than ever fighting for our time at work, such as email and social media in a new faster paced world. Being the best you can be in less time is a goal we all want to achieve. Well, how do you get there? In Smarter Faster Better, Charles Duhigg is trying to answer that. Equal parts self-help book, business history lesson, and science course, Duhigg’s book brings us tales of lessons learned and lessons lost. I know you will find something informative for you in your life. I know I did.
— Rosa, New Jersey
From the author of the "New York Times "bestselling phenomenon "The Power of Habit "comes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today's world, managing "how" you think rather than "what" you think can transform your life.
A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker. By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns to anticipate her opponents missteps and becomes one of the most successful players in the world.
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 more important than "who" is in the group a principle, it turns out, that also helps explain why "Saturday Night Live" became a hit.
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 nearly out of time and 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; the way we interact with data: 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 behavioral economics as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, 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.
In"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, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It's a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.
Advance praise for "Smarter Faster Better"
As he did in "The Power of Habit, "Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens. Susan Cain, author of "Quiet"
Duhigg uses engaging storytelling to highlight fascinating research and core principles that we can all learn and use in our daily lives. A masterful must-read for anyone who wants to get more (and more creative) stuff done. David Allen, author of "Getting Things Done"
Duhigg has a gift for asking just the right question, and then igniting the same curiosity in the rest of us. In "Smarter Faster Better" he finds provocative answers to a riddle of our age. Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great"
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