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.
The filmmakers behind Disney’s Frozen are nearly out of time and 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; the way we interact with data: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.
In 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, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.
Length: 400 Pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: March 8, 2016
About the Author
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and the author of The Power of Habit. He is a winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
I love the summary for this book because it really catches some of the intriguing stories that Charles Duhigg covers in this awesome book. I found this to be an absolutely fascinating book that is easy to read, and yet it isn’t dull. It uses everything from personal experience to academic papers to back up his claims of what can help you be more productive. (He did a TON of research in writing this book, but you wouldn’t expect any less from an investigative reporter for The New York Times, would you?)
This is a book that can be applied to the CEO of a business, or a stay-at-home mom. It is absolutely applicable to everyone and I will be getting it for my husband for his birthday (Ssh…don’t tell.)
I wish I could give you more details, but it is so involved, it is something you will need to read to get the full benefit.
The bottom line is…you should read it. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 Stars.
No violence, language, or sexual situations in this book
Smarter Faster Better is available digitally, as well as in hardback and audio CD. (I’m getting the audio CD for my husband) Click on the link below to purchase it from Amazon.com.