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Smarter Faster Better

The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
Lu par : Mike Chamberlain
Durée : 10 h et 23 min
4 out of 5 stars (13 notations)

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New York Times best seller

From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think - with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life. 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.

©2015 Charles Duhigg (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Too much storytelling

There's so much storytelling that yes we get absorbed by the book.
I finished it in 3 days) But I remember the stories not the principles, there's too much theory and it's hard to remember and it wasnt really practical
but I like the book, it would just be better if there was a 10-min practicality at the end of each chapter

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Thanks

Really enjoyed this book, a great follow up to his book about habits. I enjoyed the stories very much and how they tie in nicely with the lessons the book is trying to teach.

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un chemin vers la performance

passionnant récit illustrant les outils de la prise de contrôle de sa vie
au delà des smart goals de la créativité et de la pensée positive
le processus exploratoire traverse les écueils pour tirer partie des difficultés et des erreurs et autres biais cognitifs tragiques.
à écouter absolument

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 29/04/2016

Read the last chapter first

The book provided useful information on being productive. However, it's not structured well so that the reader can easily grasp the concepts. The chapters start with long narratives sometimes leading to a point, sometimes not. It may diverge into another narrative before finally making a point. It's best to read the last chapter to get a summary of the key concepts and then start at the beginning of the book. I was disappointed with one chapter about SMART goals. That concept has been around for decades, and there are plenty of books about goal setting.

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  • Gerry
  • 17/03/2016

Good but could be better

This book has a lot of useful insights and examples that can improve individual and team effectiveness in many situations. It's written in the typical style that journalists use, (the Malcolm Gladwell approach) and so it's engaging, interesting, at times even riveting. Where I think it falls short is in the application department. There is a short chapter at the end where the author briefly explains how he applied what he learned writing the book to how he actually works. Mostly, the listener is left to work out the application of the principles for themselves. This would have been a much more effective book if the author had paused at the end of each chapter and taken the time to suggest how the principle covered in the chapter could be applied to individuals and teams with practical examples instead of story examples.

I think it's worth a read and full of useful material, but I feel that the author failed to complete the last lap.

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  • Joel
  • 05/08/2016

Long and drawn out

I really wanted to enjoy this book as the premise was initially very interesting: How to be Smarter, Faster, Better. With this genre of book, however, it's really important to cite interesting stories and examples, then provide actionable insights into how to apply the information we've just been given. This didn't end up happening until the appendix, which was the most interesting part of this book. With the exception of one or two eyebrow raising moments, most of the book dragged on. I found myself rolling my eyes after listening to what seemed like the same paragraph rephrased over and over. I know the author was trying to go for a Malcolm Gladwell type of book but it just wasn't as well written nor was the content that interesting.

The performance of the narrator was very clear, but felt that he wasn't being absorbed by the content either, resulting in dis-engaged, robotic storytelling.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • 04/04/2016

Worth every penny

I liked Charles Duhigg's first book, so I read this second one with enthusiasm. What called my attention is that the book is very practical and useful.
What worked for him, to write this book, works for virtually everyone.
Here are his key concepts to become more productive and work smarter, faster and better:
First: prove to yourself you are in control (when answering to e-mails, write short sentences then fill in).
Second- ask Why you are doing this (marines)- affirmations of our deeper values and goals.
Third- two kinds of aims: stretch goals (to spark big ambitions) and a smart goal - to form a concrete plan- write to do lists with overarching ambitions and subgoals (plans) and timeline- did you do in a week what you planned? If not, change plans
Fourth- maintain focus- what to expect to see (envision once a week or every day)- mental model of what to ignore or go after (a story inside his head)
Fith: decision making, when confronted with the unexpected- envision multiple futures beforehand- wiser decisions

Definitely a great book, worthy of listening to.

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  • Currier
  • 28/08/2016

Just a bunch of anecdotes, very little help

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This book is just a string of anecdotes about people who are smarter, faster, better, but does very little to try to extract what makes them so and help you apply it in your life. It says "x people do x thing," as summary, then moves on to another really long and boring anecdote about jet pilots or CEOS or trainers of cross-eyed dolphins (made that last one up). I'm still as dumb, slow, and mediocre as I was before I listened to this one, sadly.

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  • rob herold
  • 20/03/2016

The appendix pulls the 8 themes together

Enjoyed the format of dramatic stories to explain the individual themes. The appendix pulls the eight themes together into an actionable strategy.

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  • Bearded Barista
  • 08/05/2016

minimal secrets

the book had a few inspiring moments but for the most part it was a bit fluffy. Some of the examples just drowned on and on and were not furthering the point as much as just adding extra content to the book.
Not sure if I will read Habit now if it is anything like this.
I am pretty harsh on books like this because I have listened to and read a bunch of them. the struggle is original content. while this book had a little it just wasn't enough to really impressed me.

sorry
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  • Kenn T
  • 06/09/2016

No Takeaway

Lengthy stories with no clear sense of direction and no memorable takeaway. I don't feel like I have any clear sense of how to be ' better, faster, smarter.' Why did I listen all the way to the end?

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  • Matt Stefanik, The Lifestyle Architect™
  • 13/03/2016

A disappointing follow-up to "Habits"

Was really hoping for a continuation to his book on habits but this just did not deliver for me. The stories were entertaining but at times all over the place making it difficult to actually ascertain the point. Did not take as much away from this book as I expected, hence the disappointment.

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  • ThatGuy
  • 13/04/2016

Duhigg's Sophomore Debut is hit! +1 Chamberlain

Wow. Simply wow. This is a book that gripped me from the first chapter all the way to the very end. Duhigg is masterful storyteller, on top of that, he is a skillful and in-depth researcher. My favorite aspect about Duhigg's books is the fact that he uses so many different scientific studies. More than some academic scholars use in their publications. He makes sure to get the whole story. Just when you think he's run of examples... Boom another one. Don't get me wrong. This is not just a book laden with stories. However, Charles has way of giving you lesson by giving you the story. Then backing up the story with scientific research, and then providing very concrete and practical steps to apply the principles in your life. This book, even more than his last book, has made me a better person. I'm going to to buy at least 2-3 physical copies. For myself to highlight and read again. And at least two to give and invest into someone's life. This book will show how to do, how to think, and think about how do, and how to do what you think. Yea.... All of that! Chamberlain's rendition of narration is another smashing hit with Duhigg. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Oliver
  • 16/04/2016

Anwendung bekannter Konzepte in neuen Bereichen

Der Autor zeigt anhand schöner Beispiele, wie etablierte Konzepte aus der Betriebswirtschaft und Wissenschaft auch für die Gestaltung eigener Projekte genutzt werden können.

Für Hörer die sich nur eine kurzen Impuls vor dem Start eines neuen Projektes verschaffen wollen, empfiehlt sich das letzte Kapitel, in welchem der Autor alle Konzepte kurz zusammenfasst und deren Anwendung anhand seines eigenen Projektes (Erstellung des vorliegenden Buches) erläutert.

Fazit: Alles in allem 'leichte Kost' für unterwegs, da die Beispiele kurz und hörerfreundlich dargelegt werden. Gut über mehrere Sequenzen von ca. 30-45min hörbar (sonst Sprech-Geschwindigkeit erhöhen).

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  • cm
  • 21/07/2018

Hält, was es verspricht

Gute Herleitung und Beispiele. Vielleicht hätte man Manches etwas verkürzen können? Entscheidend ist zum Schluss, dass man die Dinge umsetzt. Appendix fasst alles sehr gut zusammen.

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  • A.Albers
  • 02/05/2017

First heard "The Power of Habit" - Then this one

... didn' t match up with my high expectations . I had rather listened to another book

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  • Aleksandra Olszewska
  • 13/09/2019

Partly interesting, but does not hold what it promises

The book consists of several stories and anecdotes based on which the author tries to explain some productivity ideas. He tries but it does not really work. We get in each chapter a story in ridiculously detailed manner. Maybe there are people liking this style but I don’t care about half of the stories. Furthermore just listening to these stories won’t make me understand how the people achieved it. That’s why I don’t recommend this book at all. Listen to some other books that will help you be more productive. My favourite is “Atomic Habits”, btw.

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  • Guttersbach
  • 19/08/2017

great mix of interesting stories and analysis

the book covers motivation, goal setting, decision making etc. by telling stories of organisations and companies which had great success with certain methods. there are also stories where companies applied methods blindly and failed. the stories are lively and interesting to listen to. and the moral of the actions is given at the right moment. the last chapter gives an example of how to apply a mix of the methods on your own desk. great! now that I found motivation for every method in every chapter, I would like to have a booklet on my desk which summarizes every method. I'll listen to the book again and make this booklet on my own.

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  • Andreas S.
  • 30/07/2017

Worth the listen

The book presents several stories from a variety of professional backgrounds and tries to distill some practical lessons for personal use. I found myself more interested in the individual stories than by the conclusions the author drew from them.
For the entertainment value alone, I reckon the book is worth its cost in time and money.

However, compared to Duhiggs masterwork "The Power of Habit" this book fell a little short of what I had hoped for.