“Cue, Action, Reward - Awesome insight into understanding our behavior and how to modify it...”Steven Misshula wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Finished the first half. Even based on that, its a must-read. Should have stopped at the first half, second half wasn't as good. But still a good book. Makes you pause to think about how to make change happen. look for how to change habits instead of just trying to be persuasive. Great lesson”josh wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recommended by Jim Collins as a “sharp, provocative, and useful” tool, this one of the top 15 New York Times’ business best sellers of 2013 uses research to explain how habits are formed and changed on individuals, thru the habit loop concept (cue, routine and reward), and how to properly manipulate it in order to obtain more desirable results. This logic flows into much larger and complex problems, when extrapolated to organizations and communities; but also research findings and theoretical premises sustain bad and good habits in organizations, and most importantly, how to alter them in order to obtain desirable business results, by focusing on changing one thing, from which a cascade of other habits will form, and company transformation will take place.”Giovanni Coppola wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book examines habits in much detail. It centers around the nature of habit, how to create habit and change bad habit. I loved the analysis of historic facts and development of the author's point.
Although the first three chapters are pretty good, as the book progresses, I feel that the book is a little bit too long and the materials discussed are, mostly, common knowledge. ”
“We all have habits and this book tries to answer the question can we change and create them. I think this book succeed in that goal.”Risto Kärkkäinen wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting look at how habits develop and how they can be changed. It does go into the neurobiology on a simplified level. Not really a self help book, but more a look at habits and some general guidance on how to change them. Overall, an entertaining and easy read.”Chris wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Makes you more conscious of your own ingrained habits, good and bad.
The most engaging part of the book, in my opinion, is where the author talks about the way to change habits. Duhigg explains that all habits consist of three components: a trigger, a routine, and a reward. While I would think to eliminate the trigger, Duhigg explains that the most effective course is actually supplanting the routine with a better one, leaving the trigger and reward in place. I was a little dubious about this—if the trigger is, say, seeing a doughnut, how do you change your routine so it's not "eating the doughnut"? Duhigg explains in more detail here: http://charlesduhigg.com/how-habits-work/
There's also some interesting stuff about what Duhigg calls "keystone" habits, which, when undone, make other habits easier to change.
“The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg,
16 July 02013
A useful book in that it got me to examine my habits, both good and not so good, and adjust them. I gave myself a refined schedule for the first time and resolved some inner conflict (namely, how to spend my precious morning time). And it gave me tools to examine and change my habits. I find myself more conscious in looking at how I spend my time and what I do, and deliberate about making adjustments.
Lori is reading it and I recommend it to my sons. Corey, especially, will appreciate the end of the book when the author wraps up with William James and his discoveries about free will and habits.
This book is another in the Malcolm Gladwell style of social science writing. I find Duhigg a bit too heavy on the storytelling and I struggled at times to see the relevance of the particular story to the theme of habit. But in the end perhaps this is part of the power of the book to draw from so many diverse aspects of human behavior to explain how fundamental habits are. I also respect the author for truly trying to deliver a useful how-to book with his appendix. It offers a step-by-step guide to examine and modify your habits.
I do think he’d be a good one for YPO-WPO.
“Well-organized break down of habit's role in individual, organizational, and social life. ”Frank Marquardt wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No