- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Canada (March 7 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385680937
- ISBN-13: 978-0385680936
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity Paperback – Mar 7 2017
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A New York Times Bestseller
"I enjoyed every minute reading this Gladwellian book. . . . [Duhigg] has become smarter, faster, better. And you can, too, along with enjoying the smoothly written, intellectually stimulating account of his journey into productivity land." —The Globe and Mail
"Engagingly written, solidly reported, thought-provoking and worth a read." —The Washington Post
"Charles Duhigg is the master of the life-hack." —GQ
"Duhigg combines the latest research in productivity and effectiveness to explain how to become 'better' at work. Not only does Duhigg combine cutting-edge productivity and the neuroscience of how we learn, but he does it with incredibly engaging stories that make it a fun summer read as well." —Forbes
"Not only will Smarter Faster Better make you more efficient if you heed its tips, it will also save you the effort of reading many productivity books dedicated to the ideas inside. . . . His writing is smart, measured and fun." —Bloomberg Businessweek
"Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Duhigg's latest book is a jaw-droppingly well-sourced series of rules and tips assembled from a range of case studies in productivity best practices." —Fortune
"Mr. Duhigg is an effective storyteller with a knack for combining social science, fastidious reporting and entertaining anecdotes." —The Economist
"Cleverly written, and in a detective-story style. . . . Smarter Faster Better is a book for this economy, the information economy." —The New Yorker
"[Smarter Faster Better] covers a lot of ground through meticulous reporting and deft analysis." —The Wall Street Journal
"Duhigg is a terrific storyteller, and a master of the cliffhanger. . . . I never felt like putting [Smarter Faster Better] down." —Financial Times (UK)
"Revealing [and] brightly written. . . . Each chapter offers a remarkable blend of anecdotes and science illustrating concepts that clearly have much to offer individuals and companies striving for greater productivity. . . . Highly informative and entertaining." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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About the Author
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and author of The Power of Habit. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, he has received the George Polk, the National Academies of Science and other awards. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.See all Product description
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-creating a mental model for what you expect to happen so you can easily spot things that don't fit
-distributed decision making in a team
-disruption in a process to spur creativity
If you're looking for productivity tactics (create this list! put this in your calendar!) this isn't it. It's more of a set of mindsets to achieve more in the grand scheme of things.
1 How to generate motivation: We learn that it's important to feel in control, and to keep telling yourself why a chore will help you to get closer to a meaningful goal.
2 How to make teams more effective: We are told about teams at Google and what makes teams more effective. We learn the importance of showing sensitivity to each others' feelings.
3 How to use mental models: Here we are told of an airplane that crashed because of cognitive tunneling, and of an airplane that did not crash because the pilots made use of mental models.
4 How to set goals: We learn about stretch goals and SMART goals, and that the goal should be worth pursuing.
5 How to manage others productively: Here we are told a fascinating story of how the worst performing car manufacturing plant in the US became one of the best. We learn that decisions should be made by whoever is closest to the problem.
6 How to make better decisions: We are told of a female poker player and the importance of envisioning multiple futures and using Bayesian probability.
"We hardly notice the empty restaurants we pass on the way to our favourite, crowded pizza place. We become trained, in other words, to notice success and then, as a result, we predict successful outcomes too often because we're relying on experiences and assumptions that are biased toward all the successes we've seen--rather than the failures we've overlooked.
Many successful people, in contrast, spend an enormous amount of time seeking out information on failures. They read inside the newspaper's business pages for articles on companies that have gone broke. They schedule lunches with colleagues who haven't gotten promoted, and then ask them what went wrong. […] They pick over their daily missteps when they get home, rather than allowing themselves to forget all the small errors. They ask themselves why a particular call didn't go as well as they had hoped, or if they could have spoken more succinctly at a meeting. We all have a natural proclivity to be optimistic, to ignore our mistakes and forget others' tiny errors. But making good predictions relies on realistic assumptions, and those are based on our experiences. If we pay attention only to good news, we are handicapping ourselves." (Duhigg)
7 How to encourage innovation: We are told of the difficulties that the creators of Disney's Frozen faced and how they overcame their problems.
"Recognize that the stress that emerges amid the creative process isn't a sign everything is falling apart. Rather, creative desperation is often critical: Anxiety can be what often pushes us to see old ideas in new ways." (Duhigg)
8 How to absorb data better: We are told of how students' grades improved at a poorly performing public school.
"When we encounter new information, we should force ourselves to do something with it. Write yourself a note explaining what you just learned, or figure out a small way to test an idea, or graph a series of data points onto a piece of paper, or force yourself to explain an idea to a friend." (Duhigg)
Overall: Duhigg teaches useful lessons through compelling stories and summarises the lessons in the appendix. Like all books, its important to make use of the lessons you learn. My plans now are to write down or tell others what I've learnt in order to better absorb the information, learn about Bayesian probability, try to predict futures, create stretch and SMART goals for goals that matter, and find out how to make use of mental models.
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