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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 Charles Duhigg ; 2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Awesome Practical Insights

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

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

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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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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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  • Craig Ogston
  • 04-08-16

Excellent!

Good stories
Interesting insights
Scientific approach
Very helpful for starting my own business give me the motivation I need.

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  • Martin Bechtle
  • 09-28-16

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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  • Abigail W.
  • 01-23-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-16

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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  • DARREN GILLESPIE
  • 06-25-16

Dissapointed

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

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  • Anthony P.
  • 03-09-17

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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  • Khelena
  • 08-15-16

Listen to audio samples before buying audiobooks

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

Not likely.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have someone else read it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Chamberlain’s performances?

Most certainly not.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I'd probably attempt reading the book.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Juri
  • 07-24-16

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-18

Light bulb 💡

Have been dealing with alot of these concepts as part of corporate mandated new ways of working.

Which has been taking a long time to take off.

I love the stories used to convey the insights in this book, It's given me the inspiration to look at our corporate tool kit differently.

I know that this could help my team set and achieve stretch targets together.

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  • Mark H. Maliniak
  • 06-15-18

got to read

Having listened to the first one - I had no hesitation in listening to this one and I was not let down.
Great story telling, great examples. As a marketer I feel there is so much stuff in here I could use (or test)
If you are not a marketer - then its just a great listen to understand why we do what we do.

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  • Grant Dempsey
  • 05-16-17

Great concept with some terrific ideas

I think too much time was spent on stories, not enough on how to apply

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  • Sylvain
  • 05-14-17

Easy to listen to

Easy to listen great stories but not that great to put into practice if your looking for a step by step approach Mabey try something else

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  • Rob
  • 01-13-17

making better decisions

Duhig's second book is a little less compelling than the first (Power of Habits) . He sets out eight ideas for making better decisions and supports each idea with two or three stories illustrating the point (e.g. on building mental models he uses the fate of an Air France pilot team which failed to address a fatal series of warning signals as opposed to a Qantas team who did apply mental models and saved the day).

I enjoyed the stories and there are some elements I can apply to my work environment but I will need to listen again and take more notes in order to distil the lessons.

This doesn't have the flow and engagement of Gladwell's books nor did I find it as easily digested as Power of Habit, but it does have merit and I will recommend it to team leaders and junior managers (perhaps in a hardcover form rather than audible... there are lessons that need to be annoted.)

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  • Anthony
  • 07-23-16

Excellent Book

This is Charles Duhigg's second book, I hope there are more to come. The stories told in this book flow on from The power of Habit and take the reader to the next level of experience by building on the base built by the power of habit.

I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their life😊

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  • Giles
  • 10-16-17

Excellent book and well researched

The stories in this book help to convey the meaning the author is trying to tell you. The book flows well and each chapter leads perfectly into the next.

Highly recommended.

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  • odailson
  • 07-04-17

Awesome book

after listening to the book I decided to buy a hard copy so I could read and learn more from its ideas. that was one the lessons from the book
great book

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  • Luis
  • 04-12-17

Better than those 'Become successful in 4 hours'!

Bit of a heavy audiobiok. Insights inside are backed scientifically. Amazing examples on how to apply these insights are located in last chapter.

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  • Herman
  • 03-03-17

captivating

absolutely loved this book, gets your attention from the moment you start. I love the effort that's been put into the information. excellent book, highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-15-17

Interesting.

Good book. Good narration. Waffles a bit. But overall thoroughly enjoyed the book. Well researched and backed up. Good book highly recommend.

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  • LJC
  • 01-23-17

good snippets here and there

I liked this book but it was not as useful as I had hoped. a lot of stories about others which perhaps went into too much detail.