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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Hardcover – 2012

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400069289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069286
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business


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Format: Hardcover
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So if you are wanting a different result you have to change what you are doing. Or else there is that whole insanity thing staring you in the face.

In the Power of Habit the author Charles Duhigg links to the insanity (se above) of people expecting to change an outcome without changing the input or process. In the book these three points in the process are called Cue - Routine - Reward.

Simple, yet complex. As in any endeavour to deconstruct or reverse engineer anything to do with humans, the devil is in the details. What looks like something simple upon first observation, becomes increasingly complex as you peel away the layers. Humans are emotional and non linear. Plus just to make life interesting, and it does, we all sing along to a different playbook. One that is created by who you are, who your relatives are, who you run into in life, karma (had to throw that one in), your education and how you use all this to problem solve.

The Cue, Routine, Reward trilogy is an attempt to simplify the process and it works. The author gives us examples where changes to the routine can have sometimes dramatic changes. Sometimes the changes to the routine are small and sometimes they are large.

The author goes further in that he starts with humans and then moves onto organizations and societies using the same trilogy of cue, routine, and reward.

For anyone who wants at least a small chance of understanding why we do what we do, why organizations and society acts as it does this book will be insightful and instructive.
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Format: Paperback
“The Power of Habit” provides a straightforward explanation on how our habits work. Using easy to understand examples, Charles provides a format that we can use to analyze our habits, and answer the question: “Why do habits work the way they do and what you can do to change it.”
While making it clear that every habit isn’t exactly alike, the concept of what a habit is gives the reader the foundation to apply it to their own life. Charles explains how to recognize the process of habits, and how to break the seemingly fixed bad habits.
Whether on an individual level or as a society, “The Power of Habit” helped me realize the power I have to make a difference in my life by providing the steps I can use to take control of my habits.
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Format: Paperback
Excellent book on all the things that fall under the power of habitual behavior. Not just smoking or drinking but all
the little things like backing out of the driveway or many of the other routine tasks that make up our days.
Highly recommend it, based on the power of knowledge. Once we know what a habit is we can then
work on understanding the cue for it, the routine of it and the reward given by it. Then we can seek
to experiment and alter the loop. The book looks at both individuals and corporations and the way they
have been shaped by and hope to shape their habits.
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If you are by any means indecisive or uncertain of where you should head in life, read this book. It clears the clutter in your head to understand that perhaps you are approaching things from a wrong angle.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has been on international best seller lists for months.
And I can see why.

You can't skim this book.

As always many concepts in this book aren't new but it is the context, the examination of success and failure - and the solutions applied - make up the core value to this book.

Leaders in the time management, diet industry and money management sectors always tell us to "write down how we spend our time, what we eat and how we spend money every single day" and by analyzing that, then using the knowledge we can make change. They've been saying that for a long time and for many it works but it's only half the solution.

We all have triggers in our life, negative and positive. We react to those daily triggers with responses that have become habit because the result is positive and pleasing. Adults don't change habits easily, many won't be able to at all because the triggers never go away and we need our positive pleasure at the end of the habit. This book teaches the reader how to understand the trigger, change the response to get the same reward. A tricky thing but there are dozens of story from live, business and history that vividly tell this tale of cause and effect.

The stories make for a fascinating and practical read, it actually forces you to slow down and ingest the story and the lessons. Many of the stories really move the reader, more importantly this is a BUSINESS book that tells you why that humanity, emotion and desire for dignity is a business revenue advantage.

I love that this book is BS-free. "Companies aren't families, they're battlefields in a civil war". Worked at a company like that once? Me too. We needs solutions, not coping mechanisms.
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Format: Hardcover
This review is from: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Hardcover)
This is not an easy book to describe because Charles Duhigg offers such a wealth of information in so many different areas. For example:

o What a habit is...and isn't
o What the habit loop is and does
o How and why we form good and bad habits
o Why it is so difficult to sustain good habits and so easy to sustain bad ones
o Which external influences most effectively manipulate both good and bad habits
o How to defend good habits
o How to break bad habits
o How and why our habits reveal our values

In Part One, Duhigg focuses on how habits emerge within individual lives (e.g. ; in the next, he examines the habits of successful companies and organizations; and then in Part Three, he looks at the habits of societies. "We now know why habits emerge, how they change, and the science behind their mechanics. We know how to break them into parts and rebuild them to our specifications. We know how to make people eat less, exercise more, work more efficiently, and live healthier lives. Transforming a habit isn't necessarily easy or quick. It isn't always simple. But it is possible. And now we know why."

There in a brief passage is the essence of what motivated Duhigg to write this book and also perhaps, just perhaps, a sufficient reason for people who read it to then rebuild their habits to their expectations, based on what they have learned from the book.

One of Duhigg's most valuable insights (among the several dozen he shares) is that organizations as well as individuals can develop bad habits or allow them to develop.
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