This is a book summary of Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg.
From the author of the New York Times best-selling 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. 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.
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.
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I'm a Duhigg fan, but this abbreviated reading did nothing for me. Worst was the narration. Adding special emphasis to every other syllable only draws attention to the fact that Mr. Bokhari is not familiar with the text. In general, I found this summary to be so cursory that it failed to convey the author's main points with anything close to clarity.
Good read, a friend of mine attended the authors signing and was impressed. I recall liking Duhigg's book on habits more though. This was very similar to Gladwell's style. I thought Duhigg's other book was more scientific which appealed to me more. The 8 principles were not memorable, there was less of an underlying theme. To be fair I listened to a summary so perhaps the original book is a better read.
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