Book Review & Discussion :Smarter Faster Better

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The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

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In this event, you’ll learn

Why reading even one of 40 emails can boost your motivation

How to use stretch goals

What to do with your imagination to stay focused

Why safe is the new productive (especially for teams)

What a commitment culture is and why it’s the best way to run a company

How analyzing 17.9 million research papers revealed a surprising truth about creativity

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 and Smarter Faster Better. 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.


This book, then, explores the eight ideas that seem most important in expanding productivity. …Connecting these eight ideas is a powerful underlying principle: Productivity isn’t about working more or sweating harder. It’s not simply a product of spending longer hours at your desk or making bigger sacrifices. …Rather, productivity is about making certain choices in certain ways. The way we choose to see ourselves and frame daily decisions; the stories we tell ourselves, and the easy goals we ignore; the sense of community we build among teammates; the creative cultures we establish as leaders: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.

This is a book about how to become smarter, faster, and better ateverything you do.

The Five Big Ideas

To motivate yourself, you must believe you have autonomy over your actions and surroundings.

“People who are particularly good at managing their attention are in the habit of telling themselves stories all the time.”

“Experiments have shown that people with SMART goals are more likely to seize on the easiest tasks, to become obsessed with finishing projects, and to freeze on priorities once a goal has been set.”

“Good decision making is contingent on a basic ability to envision what happens next.”

“Innovation becomes more likely when old ideas are mixed in new ways.”

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