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Smarter Faster Better Audiobook

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive

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Publisher's Summary

In the international best seller 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, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity.

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 much more important than who is in the group.

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 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: these are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.

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 behavioural eco­nomics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, 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.

©2016 Random House AudioBooks; 2016 Charles Duhigg

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    Mitchell 11/08/2016
    Mitchell 11/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome reference for any industry"

    loved it. totally relevant to my industry and has consolidated a lot of what I already practice with research and case study

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tavis 22/03/2017
    Tavis 22/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "value information just a bit boring"

    Found the writer touched on important performance issues but spent too much time and effort explaining cases studies but not always getting the point across.

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    Herman 03/03/2017
    Herman 03/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "captivating"

    absolutely loved this book, gets your attention from the moment you start. I love the effort that's been put into the information. excellent book, highly recommended

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    Amazon Customer 15/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting."

    Good book. Good narration. Waffles a bit. But overall thoroughly enjoyed the book. Well researched and backed up. Good book highly recommend.

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    LJC Sydney 23/01/2017
    LJC Sydney 23/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "good snippets here and there"

    I liked this book but it was not as useful as I had hoped. a lot of stories about others which perhaps went into too much detail.

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    Steve 18/01/2017
    Steve 18/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "All filler, no killer"

    Don't waste your money, 10 hours plus of pure filler! if you really want to listen just skip right to chapter ten and you will find all you need in the appendix

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    Rob 13/01/2017
    Rob 13/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "making better decisions"

    Duhig's second book is a little less compelling than the first (Power of Habits) . He sets out eight ideas for making better decisions and supports each idea with two or three stories illustrating the point (e.g. on building mental models he uses the fate of an Air France pilot team which failed to address a fatal series of warning signals as opposed to a Qantas team who did apply mental models and saved the day).

    I enjoyed the stories and there are some elements I can apply to my work environment but I will need to listen again and take more notes in order to distil the lessons.

    This doesn't have the flow and engagement of Gladwell's books nor did I find it as easily digested as Power of Habit, but it does have merit and I will recommend it to team leaders and junior managers (perhaps in a hardcover form rather than audible... there are lessons that need to be annoted.)

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    Dali 25/10/2016
    Dali 25/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    i really liked the research and how he tied it together. Very insightful, well worth a listen.

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    Michael 17/10/2016
    Michael 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Just amazingly captivating and insightful"

    Loved every minute of it taking you through a story to explain each step in multiple scenarios let you grasp each concept in more ways than one. Definitely eye opening, steps that I will definitely be using from now on! Thank you

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    Anthony 23/07/2016
    Anthony 23/07/2016

    I enjoy listening to personal development books

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    "Excellent Book"

    This is Charles Duhigg's second book, I hope there are more to come. The stories told in this book flow on from The power of Habit and take the reader to the next level of experience by building on the base built by the power of habit.

    I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their life😊

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    3/01/17
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    "Insightful"

    Great book and great Insights to daily tricks all ties in at the end loved it. Listening to a few chapters many times over

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  • Mubbashir
    12/05/16
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    "A lot of stories with some real gems "

    A nice book and some very good insights and practical approaches around work and productivity. But filled with too widely knit stories and sometined difficult to connect. Overall a gid book.

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  • Craig Ogston
    8/04/16
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    "Excellent!"

    Good stories
    Interesting insights
    Scientific approach
    Very helpful for starting my own business give me the motivation I need.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DARREN GILLESPIE
    25/06/16
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    "Dissapointed"

    Examples very long winded. Needs more what you personally can do. Was hoping for more.

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  • Abigail W.
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    "Rambling with No Real Message"

    Not sure what the point of this book was. Never really gives any actual ways of incorporating the ideas. The ideas presented are a bit high level and vague.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Bechtle
    28/09/16
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    "Content not bad"

    The content isn't bad, but the interpretation and the excessively long stories make it boring and hard to effectively pull out useful notions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony P.
    9/03/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this audiobook. Some of the examples are quite long winded when he illustrates his point but he makes all of the ideas interesting and accessible.

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  • William
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    29/11/16
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    "Hopefully now I have acquired all"

    Hopefully now I have acquired all of the above.

    The book offers some very interesting insights and stories to support the authors concepts. A stimulating read that had me actioning ideas after hopping out of the car along with some good ideas on process.

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  • Nifty
    17/11/16
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    "Good; thought provoking. Needs better mechanics at end"

    The end of the book is the part that tells you how to implement the lessons, but it feels like an after thought. The mechanics of implementation should be more in depth, more specific and at the end of each chapter, as well as summarised at the end.

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  • mr j santosh
    9/11/16
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    "best book for me to date"

    loved it and re reading to try and capture further lessons. narrated in a clear way.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/10/16
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    "Meh :-("

    overindulgent stories that loosely and speculativley demonstrate the lessons this book barely portrays. Started off really well but then just tapers off in to loads of stodge about nothing. Nowhere near the level of his previous offering "The power of habit" which i highly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/10/16
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    "Useful, practical and very engaging book"

    I decided to read this book to find ideas on how to become more productive and use my time efficiently at home and at work.
    The concepts the book introduced were very insightful and applicable to many areas of my life that I could improve in.
    I especially liked how the book summarises in the last chapter how each concept can be used practically and how they all tied together.
    The book's delivery of research in a narrative style made it an easy listen and incredibly engaging.
    It has definitely changed the way of think most significantly in the area of focus, goal and decision making.
    Would definitely recommend to anyone who owns their own business and needs to better manage their time or anyone juggling many commitments (which is probably most of us!)

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