Smarter Faster Better
Written By: Charles Duhigg
Read By: Charles Duhigg
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Publisher’s Summary: Smarter Faster Better is a guide to spiritual awakening from a man who is emerging as one of this generation’s clearest, most inspiring teachers on the subject. Charles Duhigg is not aligned with any particular religion but does what all the great masters have done: shows that the way, the truth, and the light already exist within each of us. There is no need to look elsewhere.
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Smarter Faster Better by: Charles Duhigg
Audio Book Summary
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity 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.
Smarter, Faster, Better is the book written by Charles Duhigg reporter for The New York Times after his bestseller The Power of Habit.
It is an insight into how individuals and organizations can increase their productivity through decision-making,that is, starting by changing their thinking, and then changing their way of acting. Emphasizes specific points that from their point of view are the key to achieve optimized productivity in both personal and professional life.
Focus is one of them, expresses that to be really productive, you must take control of your attention.
Stay focused part of the decision you want to make and continue with the determination to exercise attention. It is achieved through daily practice, through small techniques, forcing yourself to be aware of what you observe in the space around you.
The next one is creativity, says that creativity is nothing more than being able to connect experiences and synthesize new things. Some of the recommendations that the work of Duhigg provides is to pay attention to the own experiences to find solutions to what you have in front of you; So it is also recommended to keep some distance from what you create. Do not let the relief of a creative breakthrough blind you to looking for alternatives.
About teams, the members need to believe their work is important and meaningful,
They must have clear and well-defined roles, but urge them to express their opinions and participate, to favor the rebound of ideas, all to feel appreciated and valuable as individuals who Are part of an organization
Motivation on the other hand, requires first believing we have authority over our actions and surroundings. It is a matter of feeling that we are in control.
“Motivation is triggered by making choices that demonstrate to ourselves that we are in control. The specific choice we make matters less than the assertion of control.”
Goals. The author, talks about the importance of having two types of goals, the first, are those realistic and achievable, which are usually short-term; But, so that we do not limit ourselves to these alone, it is also important to have long-term goals, those that could be considered idealistic.
Innovation, in short, talks about that unusual pairings lead to creative.
Smarter Faster Better offers a variety of chapters, and a variety of themes, each differing from the other. It is a book rich in strategies and techniques to increase productivity, It may seem that the chapters are not related to each other, however, all converge in its ultimate utility, which is optimization.
Another point of union, is the importance of creating mental models to take control of a situation.
Duhigg did his research through various interviews including Marine Corps, Google, General Electric, Saturday Night Live, among others, his interpretations of the interviews as well as other methods of investigation resulted in the thesis that underpins this book.
Another point that can be discounted, is the ability of Duhigg to tell stories, to put on paper amazing anecdotes.