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, and more deeply: Managing how we identify goals, construct teams, direct our focus and spark innovation on demand. In this lecture, Charles Duhigg looks at what separates the merely busy from the genuinely productive. The key is mental habits - what psychologists call ‘contemplative routines’ - that allow us to think more deeply, particularly when thinking is hardest. With case studies from Broadway, the story of a critically injured airplane 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 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 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 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.
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.
Charles Duhigg writes groundbreaking cover feature for NYT Magazine
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG wrote the New York Times Magazine’s cover feature in the future of work edition, "America's Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable". A fascinating and crucial in-depth examination of why the most successful people are not happy and fulfilled at work, Duhigg's article reveals what can bring processional fulfillment and made headlines in Forbes, CNN, and Quartz. A dynamic financial reporter, writer and speaker with tangible, genuinely eye-opening, and often funny, lessons for all audiences, Duhigg's keynotes are packed with the same richness of information and engaging anecdotes he's known to use in his writing. His book The Power of Habit-- a riveting exploration of the science behind habit formation and how it can be changed to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business-- spent over 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Chock-full of implementable and transformative takeaways, Duhigg brings his work to life for audiences worldwide. Heralded as "a phenomenal speaker" (Bloomberg); “a great thinker,” (Realtor.com); “thought-provoking,” (CEB); “engaging, funny, and generous with his time,” (Westmont College); and “entertaining” (CEB), Duhigg’s research and presentations resonate with every audience.
Charles Duhigg pens fascinating Atlantic cover story on why America's so angry
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG wrote The Atlantic's cover feature on "The Real Roots of American Rage." A fascinating examination of how we can better understand anger, and the at-times productive role anger can plan in our democracy, Duhigg's piece ultimately highlights how we can work to curb the at-times violent, and corrosive effect anger has on our society today. Duhigg's crucial and compelling piece has made headlines in CNN, Mens Health and Politico, and Duhigg has been sought-out for interviews on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Radiowest, and more as he sheds light on some of the root causes of the bitter partisanship we see today and illuminates a path forward. Heralded for his ability to balance riveting anecdotes, in-depth research, and actionable insights, both as journalist and speaker, Duhigg is in-demand at at events nationwide. His two bestselling books The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better offer groundbreaking, implementable, and transformative takeaways on how to achieve maximum success in life and business. As a recent event-planner raved after Duhigg's keynote: "Charles was amazing. He resonated with the audience, and lifted up the event. What a great thinker and speaker! I would highly recommend him." (Realtor.com)Read Charles Duhigg's Atlantic cover story
Charles Duhigg’s new podcast is #1 on iTunes
Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG is the host of a fascinating new five-part New York Times podcast, Change Agent. The podcast is inspired by all of the people who have solicited Duhigg’s help in solving their problems since the release of his groundbreaking book The Power of Habit, which has spent over three years on the New York Times Bestsellers List. People from all walks of life, from an addicted online shopper to a recovering alcoholic to a business-owner struggling with employee attendance, have sought Duhigg’s insights into turning obstacles into opportunity and implementing the revolutionary research he uncovered on habit formation. Instantly shooting to #1 on iTunes, each engaging episode of Change Agent unearths surprising stories from science and business that offer answers to people’s problems, tracking whether the solutions actually work. Showcasing Duhigg’s knack for riveting storytelling and chock-full of actionable takeaways, the podcast perfectly demonstrates why Duhigg is a hit with audiences at each and every one of his events. Just take a look at his recent rave reviews: "Charles was fantastic, as we knew he would be. He was also kind enough to sign some books for us, and take photos with a couple of the attendees. Just great!" (Wolters Kluwer); "Charles was amazing. He resonated with the audience, and lifted up the event. What a great thinker and speaker! I would highly recommend him." (Realtor.com)Listen to Charles Duhigg's new podcast Change Agent >>
Charles Duhigg in the news
12.10.2018 The Politics of Anger | Morning Joe
1-22-2014 Charles Duhigg on The Colbert Report
HWA Chat: Golden nuggets about productivity & engaging an audience with great stories
CHARLES DUHIGG dropped by HWA to chat about his 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.Watch his HWA video chat >>
Charles Duhhig makes headlines for his cover feature in New York Times Magazine
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG wrote the New York Times Magazine’s cover feature about search engine behemoth Google. A fascinating, 8,000 word, in-depth report that explores how the company quickly squelches competition, became one of the outlets most shared, racking up over 250 comments. Duhigg was also sought-out for an interview about the piece on CNBC's Squawk Alley, sharing engaging analysis about the nature of Google, anti-trust laws, and monopolies. A dynamic financial reporter, writer and speaker with tangible, genuinely interesting, and often funny, lessons for all business audiences, Duhigg knows how to craft a keynote that packs a punch. His book The Power of Habit-- a riveting exploration of the science behind habit formation and how it can be changed to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business-- spent over 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Chock-full of implementable and transformative takeaways, Duhigg shares the same powerful messages with audiences. Heralded as "a phenomenal speaker" (Bloomberg); “a great thinker,” (Realtor.com); “thought-provoking,” (CEB); “engaging, funny, and generous with his time,” (Westmont College); and “entertaining” (CEB), Duhigg’s research and presentations resonate with every audience.
Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” makes Huffpost’s list of books every entrepreneur should have
When Huffpost recently published “Summer Reading; What Books Entrepreneurs Should Have Next to Them at the Pool or Nightstand” CHARLES DUHIGG’s The Power of Habit was top of the list. Having spent over 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, The Power of Habit is an engaging and fascinating exploration of the science behind habit formation and how it can be changed to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business. Chock-full of implementable and transformative takeaways, The Power of Habit is a strategic playbook for individuals and organizations across industries, and Duhigg shares the same powerful message with audiences. Heralded as “highly insightful,” (ALDA - Analytical, Life Science & Diagnostics Association); “thought-provoking,” (CEB); “a delight and a true pro,” (ASSE); “phenomenal,” (Sam Houston State University); and “tremendously entertaining” (Art of Marketing), Duhigg’s research and presentations resonate with every audience.
Charles Duhigg reveals secrets to peak performance in incredible keynote and podcast
New York Times bestselling author and Award-Winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG revealed the secret to breakthrough performance and productivity in life and in business at the Food Marketing Institue’s Future Leaders eXperience. Delivering a keynote focused on “Peak Performance: Foster it in Yourself and Others” for an audience of 700, Duhigg drew on the research and lessons of his two revolutionary bestsellers—The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better—to reveal how to maximize innovation, focus and motivation. Duhigg’s keynote generated plenty of praise on Twitter: “Great first speaker today @cduhigg at #FMIFutureLeaders. Innovation Broker!”; "Focus is visualizing what ought to happen & then challenging yourself." #boom @cduhigg delivering productivity nuggets”. Duhigg also shared top strategies on decision-making, teamwork, prioritization and more with the popular Psychology Podcast. As the podcast host said, “Charles has a real strength for communicating scientific research through fun/ entertaining narratives, and elucidating how to be more effective in our everyday lives.”
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!!!Contact us to bring Charles Duhigg as a speaker to your event >>
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 Duhigg, the series aims to change the way you work to be, as his latest book describes, Smarter, Faster, Better.Watch it here > >
Rave reviews for Charles Duhigg
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist & NYT bestselling author CHARLES DUHIGG continues to receive rave reviews for his speeches:
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.Check out this engaging q&a with Duhigg about the book >>
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 New York Times Magazine. A former writer for The New York Times business section as well, 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.
In addition to his reporting, Charles Duhigg is a regular contributor to television and radio, including the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Frontline, Dr. Oz and various programs on CNBC and NPR. Before becoming a journalist, 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.