Smarter, Faster, Better

Post 1000

It is hard for me to believe it but this is the 1000th post to this blog. Actually that is a bit of a cheat because for a number of years the blog had a different name, but it has always been devoted to bringing to my readers book reviews and articles that inform and at times I hope that inspire.

The blog was originally called Creating True Wealth just like my newsletter. By true wealth I mean greater knowledge and understanding about the things that can help you improve yourself just as I strive to improve myself. The blog’s byline is Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development. That has been my vision of true wealth: adapting to change and personal development.

In 2013 I moved all the content of the old blog to this new one and carried on the work.

The first blog entry was in February 2008. So we are coming up on the tenth anniversary of the blog in a couple months.

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed the posts, or at least most of them, and that you have learned a few things from them. If you have I have succeeded in my goal. I would love to hear from you, either by posting a comment here or by sending me an email as indicated below. Let me know if you have found these posts at all useful or beneficial and how I might improve them.

And now to continue my task I include below my review of Smarter, Faster and Better by Charles Duhigg. Keep reading friends and keep learning.
A book review by Daniel R. Murphy

The November 2016 Book of the Month

Title and Author:   Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Synopsis of Content:  

In this book the author takes a detailed look at the habits and practices that improve personal and team performance. What makes this book stand out are the case studies and the scientific research that is explored. He explores motivation, team work, focus, goal setting, managing others, decision making, innovation and absorbing data in new and insightful ways. This book is not a rehash of the valid but often repeated principles of success. It is an investigation into what has been scientifically demonstrated to enhance success.

He explores the rebelliousness of a retirement home resident, a successful businessman who suffered a rare form of brain damage that changed his brain’s ability to be motivated teaching us how motivation works in the brain. He looks at what motivation lessons come from the military.

What kinds of people make up the ideal team? Should they be alike or diverse? How does diversity in personality types strengthen a team? What have hospitals and airlines learned about team work that can save lives?

How does focus, too much or too little, affect performance? What have we learned from aircraft crashes about how focus and cognitive tunneling can cripple decision making in a crisis? What are mental models and how can they be used by anyone to improve focus and analysis of a difficult situation?

How did a young woman win the National Poker Championship and what did she know about Bayesian psychology that anyone can take advantage of?

What has the business world learned about effective goal setting? How are SMART goals effective and in what ways are they ineffective? What do you have to add to SMART goals to make them more effective?

Duhigg provides insight into all these questions and many more. This book will provide you with a unique and provocative analysis into how we can perform smarter, faster and better.

What I found useful about this book:

Careful analysis of how people perform both on an individual level and as teams has provided us with considerable insight into what works best. While the traditional principles of success remain valid there is more to the story than that.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

The book is very well written and engrossing. It is written as a series of stories that hold attention and teach at the same time.

Notes on Author:  

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist with the New York Times. He is an author who digs deeply into his subjects. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College.

Other Books by This Author:

The Power of Habit

Related Website:

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:  

  1. Teams function most effectively when made up of diverse people with different approaches, attitudes and personalities.
  2. Goal setting must be a combination of measurable and achievable goals with stretch goals to prevent limited performance.
  3. By developing a mental model of what we want to achieve we can avoid cognitive tunneling and achieve more.

Publication Information:  

Title and Author: Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
Copyright holder: ©2016 by Charles Duhigg
Publisher: Random House


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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.