Smarter Faster Better... Charles Duhigg

The subtitle of this book, The Secrets of Being Productive, along with the actual title gives that age old impression of a self help book that should the reader delve into its depths you will find the silver bullet that has been alluding you all of your unproductive adult life.  In actual fact you'll never find Charles Duhigg making such promises.  Indeed you as the reader are left with quite the opposite, a bit of work is required, a bit of effort is required, its not going to come easy. Isn't that the way it should be?

From discussion about motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing others, decision making, innovation and absorbing data there is something in every chapter.  Charles Duhigg has done the leg work and I mean leg work around ensuring his writing is very well referenced with both journal papers and also primary interviews with a number of the worlds leading researchers in these fields.  To think think of this however as a dry unpacking of research you'd be quite wrong.  Charles Duhigg does an excellent job on engaging us through stories and unpacking the characters that form the basis of these stories. 

The following is one of my favourite quotes from the chapter on Teams.  He is reporting on a conversation with executive producer of Saturday Night Live and the kind of environment he was trying to create when establishing the ground breaking show. 

You know the saying there is no I in TEAM? Michaels told me. My goal was the opposite of that. All I wanted were a bunch of I’s. I wanted everyone to hear each other, but no one to disappear into the group”
— Charles Duhigg, Smarter faster better, p56

smarter, faster, better | Charles Duhigg | 2016|  Penguin Random House Publishing

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