* Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

I had loved Charles Duhigg’s previous book, The Power of Habit, but this one, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business seems to line up a number of (interesting) stories that never quite connect or add up to a bigger whole. Sure, some ideas are interesting, especially the ones about boot camp drill sergeants consistently complimenting recruits on unexpected aspects of their performance (to stress that practice makes perfect), or teachers really using big data only after they have to painstakingly track results by hand (so they really engage with the data). But the book is just not compelling.

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