Charles Duhigg

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  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for the New York Times
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Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit spent over 168 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. His latest bestselling book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations from the UCLA School of Management to Fortune 500 companies and The Johnson Foundation to the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine

 
  

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Someone told me that in their 13 years at Amex, this was the best guest speaker they’d ever heard. We were so pleased with the event—from our planning and interactions, through Charles Duhigg’s speaking engagement here—and with the impact he will continue to have on the organization.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Charles Duhigg
  • Westmont College
  • Etsy
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Sam Houston State University
  • CEB
  • Art of Marketing
  • Bloomberg
  • Fairmont Hotels & Resort
  • Olson
  • American Express
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The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Productivity is often measured by the speed at which we tackle our to-do lists. Real productivity, however, comes from thinking differently: Managing how we identify goals, construct teams, direct our focus and make decisions. In this lecture, Charles Duhigg looks at what separates the merely busy f ...

Productivity is often measured by the speed at which we tackle our to-do lists. Real productivity, however, comes from thinking differently: Managing how we identify goals, construct teams, direct our focus and make decisions. In this lecture, Charles Duhigg looks at what separates the merely busy from the genuinely productive by exploring eight key critical concepts. With case studies from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp, the making of Disney’s Frozen, and how Google sought to build the perfect team, Duhigg explains how people and companies become smarter, faster and better.

Agile Management & Commitment Cultures

Drawing on in-depth research, Charles Duhigg looks at two fundamental approaches to managing others: Decentralizing decision-making and creating commitment cultures based on trust. By looking at how the FBI used the Toyota Production System to solve a kidnapping case, Duhigg describes what happens w ...

Drawing on in-depth research, Charles Duhigg looks at two fundamental approaches to managing others: Decentralizing decision-making and creating commitment cultures based on trust. By looking at how the FBI used the Toyota Production System to solve a kidnapping case, Duhigg describes what happens when decision-making is transferred to those closest to the problem, with results sure to astound companies from any industry.

Idea Brokers and Creative Desperation—Boosting the Creative Process

Accelerating innovation is a key goal for almost any company. But innovating on a deadline can be torturous—unless you understand how creativity works. In this fascinating lecture, Charles Duhigg looks at the making of Disney’s Frozen, a film on the brink of collapse until one small shift helped spu ...

Accelerating innovation is a key goal for almost any company. But innovating on a deadline can be torturous—unless you understand how creativity works. In this fascinating lecture, Charles Duhigg looks at the making of Disney’s Frozen, a film on the brink of collapse until one small shift helped spur a creative breakthrough that led to one of the highest grossing movies in history. With multiple case studies, Duhigg explains that improving the creative process relies on intellectual middlemen—or ‘idea brokers’—who help us establish the right creative tensions, see old ideas in new ways, and ensure that the thrill of breakthrough doesn’t blind us to better alternatives.

The Power of Habit

In this keynote lecture, Charles Duhigg begins by exploring the science of habit formation, illustrating why we do what we do and how we can change it. Duhigg explains why the most powerful habits have emotional cores, and how tweaking even one habit can have staggering effects. Duhigg draws from a ...

In this keynote lecture, Charles Duhigg begins by exploring the science of habit formation, illustrating why we do what we do and how we can change it. Duhigg explains why the most powerful habits have emotional cores, and how tweaking even one habit can have staggering effects. Duhigg draws from a number of current case studies—including the success of Febreze, how Starbucks trains employees in willpower habits, how organizational habits contributed to a tragic subway fire, and others—customizing them to his specific audience.

Big Data

Charles Duhigg discovered that Target, using Big Data, built a predictive model so precise it could tell when shoppers were pregnant—sometimes, even before their parents knew. Increasingly, algorithms and data drive business decisions. At the heart of these models is a basic question: why do custome ...

Charles Duhigg discovered that Target, using Big Data, built a predictive model so precise it could tell when shoppers were pregnant—sometimes, even before their parents knew. Increasingly, algorithms and data drive business decisions. At the heart of these models is a basic question: why do customers habitually return to certain products and services? And how can companies influence those choices? Drawing on stories from multiple industries, Duhigg delivers riveting insights into how companies predict and control habits and ultimately know what customers want before they themselves do.

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<p>Charles Duhigg's audiences take away the art and science of being <strong>Smarter, Faster, Better</strong></p>

Charles Duhigg's audiences take away the art and science of being Smarter, Faster, Better

Audiences have high praise for productivity expert and journalist Charles Duhigg after each event.  He is a substantive, entertaining, and effective speaker who gives audiences gems they can take away. His New York Times video series "The Art of Better" reveals the secrets and science behind productivity - and the people who harness it. Hosted by New York Times journalist and The Power of Habit author CHARLES DUHIGG, the series aims to change the way you work to be, as Duhigg's latest book describes, Smarter, Faster, Better

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<p><span>We're noticing a trend in the ovations we receive from audiences about Charles Duhigg: they are emphatic and enthusiastic, </span>utilizing lots of capitals AND exclamation points!!!</p>

We're noticing a trend in the ovations we receive from audiences about Charles Duhigg: they are emphatic and enthusiastic, utilizing lots of capitals AND exclamation points!!!

 Westmont College says, "WE LOVE CHARLES DUHIGG!!!...He was so engaging, funny, generous with his time and his presentation was smart, intriguing and we loved every bit of it. We would love to have him back again and again!"  American Society of Safety Engineers says, "Oh my gosh, it was AWESOME! The very first person who came up to the book signing bought a whole box. I had to put the brakes on that as the line was the longest I have ever seen for a book signing at ASSE. He was incredible, our people really enjoyed him. Charles was a delight and a true pro, with a very pertinent message."  His base of hundreds of thousands of readers, twitter followers, and video series fans agree.  So do WE!!!

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<p><strong><span>Transform Your Thinking and Boost Productivity and Performance in 2017</span></strong></p>

Transform Your Thinking and Boost Productivity and Performance in 2017

What if you could transform lofty New Year’s resolutions and goals into actionable, tangible targets? What if you could unlock the key to increasing productivity, performance, profit and passion within your business? Renowned journalists, thought leaders and bestselling authors CHARLES DUHIGG and STEVEN KOTLER have the insight to produce these very results. Consistently praised by event planners, Kotler and Duhigg know how to get audiences to reach their maximum potential and make 2017 your most efficient and successful year yet. 

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<p>Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the New York Times</p>

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the New York Times

Duhigg reports on many subjects including the iEconomy and most notably, productivity and the power of habit. His Times writing complements the subject of his two bestsellers: Smarter Better Faster, a book about productivity and The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.  

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<p>Rave reviews for Charles Duhigg</p>

Rave reviews for Charles Duhigg

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for the New York Times & NYT bestselling author of The Power of Habit CHARLES DUHIGG continues to receive praise on the lecture circuit:

  • Someone told me that in their 13 years at Amex, this was the best guest speaker they’d ever heard.” (American Express)
  • “Charles Duhigg is a phenomenal speaker and was able to captivate the Bloomberg audience. His passion for the topic really translates into the audience and everyone picked up on his enthusiasm.” (Bloomberg);
  • It was so great. We have a very intellectually curious and often skeptical population, and they absolutely loved Charles and his presentation.” (Etsy)
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<p>HWA Chat: Golden nuggets about productivity & engaging an audience with great stories</p>

HWA Chat: Golden nuggets about productivity & engaging an audience with great stories

Charles recently dropped by HWA to chat about his new book Smarter, Faster, Better. His first book, The Power of Habit, became a NYT and WSJ bestseller and his new book is definitely on the same track. He gave the HWA team a mini presentation which was informative, humorous and really outlined some interesting new ideas around productivity. In a nutshell, he will help your audience understand that “how they think” is more important than “what they think” and he has great stories and tools that will help them transform their lives professionally and personally. He is a speaker who definitely creates buzz that will last well beyond your event.

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<p>A productivity book unlike any other</p>

A productivity book unlike any other

Smarter, Faster, Better is not your ordinary book on productivity that provides you with a list of tools to be more efficient. It's 1,000 times better! Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist & NYT bestselling author of The Power of Habit CHARLES DUHIGG brings incredible stories and research to the conversation about the difference between the most productive people and those of us who struggle to get through our "to do" lists. Through incredibly engaging storytelling and deeply researched content, Duhigg shares how the most productive people don’t merely act differently, they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

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Charles Duhigg is the bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which explores the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. His newest book Smarter, Better, Faster: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

Duhigg's presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of science, medicine, business and education.

Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times’ Magazine. He has authored or contributed to multiple series, including “The Reckoning” (2008), which studied the causes and outcomes of the financial crisis, and “The iEconomy”, which examined the global economy through the lens of Apple, and which won the 2013 Pulitzer prize in explanatory journalism. He has also won the George Polk Award (2007), the Gerald Loeb Award (2008), the National Journalism Award (2009) and other honors. The Power of Habit spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list.

In addition to his reporting, Charles Duhigg is a regular contributor to television and radio, including the Newshour with Jim LehrerFrontlineDr. Oz and various programs on CNBC and NPR. Before becoming a journalist, Mr. Duhigg worked in private equity and founded a health care company in his home state of New Mexico (and, for one terrifying day in 1999, was a bike messenger in San Francisco.) He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Yale College.