What Charles Duhigg’s book is about

Duhigg writes so sweetly, so clearly and with fine narrative control. Smarter Faster Better could be summarised in many ways but let me muck around a bit and rephrase it in gonzo terms.
First, you can see where he’s going with his eight chapter headings: Motivation. Teams. Focus. Goal Setting. Managing Others. Decision Making. Innovation. Absorbing Data.
How do I sum up these eight in my terms (I guess I’m modifying Duhigg’s points somewhat by restating them, so if you want a Cliffnotes summary, get one or read the book)?

  1. Boost motivation by taking control and invest everything with meaning
  2. Lead teams by establishing safety
  3. Tell yourself stories to boost focus
  4. Fill To-Do lists with both “stretch” goals and small measurable actions
  5. Manage others by trusting them
  6. Explore probabilities all the time
  7. Create by getting inside yourself, ramping up desperation, and critiquing from a wildly different perspective
  8. Change data into knowledge by writing it out yourself

There is something rather captivating about all this but what does it mean for me? I’ll reflect.

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