Positive Habit Formation in Times of Crisis and Upheaval
As the pandemic continues around us it is useful to look to science to ask: Is there any good that might come of this? Any silver linings we might seize?
The answer, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Charles Duhigg reveals is, luckily, yes. As Duhigg highlights in his compelling virtual presentations, one of the things we know about the science of habit formation is that habits become more flexible during moments of great upheaval, such as now. In his bestselling book The Power of Habit, for instance, he detailed how Target, the giant retailer, hired data scientists to look for clues that a shopper might be pregnant – because executives knew that when a baby arrived, and parents were exhausted, they were more likely to change their shopping habits if a well-timed coupon arrived in the mail.
And right now, we’re seeing exhaustion and upheaval that is leading to new habits like never before.
This is an opportunity – if we know how to use it. To understand how to create new, good habits, Duhigg details how habit formation works, provides fascinating examples of research and case studies in which habits were used to successful and dramatic results, and provides a roadmap on how to use the upheaval we’re all living through to create great new habits of our own.
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 Honored With a 2020-21 Business News Visionary Award
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 for ways to increase productivity and to live happier lives, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education.
"Charles Duhigg combines skillful reporting and voluminous research with a deft storytelling style to 'show,' not merely 'tell,' readers and listeners how to improve their lives and gain a better understanding of the world around them," said Dean Rotbart, chair and editor-in-chief of the Business News Visionary Awards.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Charles Duhigg helps business leaders and their teams to produce more, faster, consistently, remotely
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, CHARLES DUHIGG recently launched his Lunch and Learn: Better Habits and Productivity While Stuck at Home, a virtual book chat. As part of this new virtual business series, Duhigg pulls from research developed in his bestselling books The Power of Habit, which spent more than 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, and Smarter Faster Better, his 2nd bestseller on productivity and effectiveness, to help business leaders and their teams to produce more, faster, consistently, remotely.
In this short video Duhigg made specifically for meeting planners, he explains how the disruption created by COVID-19 is an opportunity – if we know how to use it. He walks his audience through practical ways to use the cue-routine-reward cycle to create new habits during the unstructured time of working from home and self-isolation. Many companies are finding, surprisingly, that they are more connected than ever before. Duhigg explains how companies incorporate that into a cultural habit, now, remotely, and when we return to the office.
Duhigg’s rave reviews from audiences include: “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); "We were so grateful you were able to attend our conference and provide such incredible insight into the power of habits by sharing your story and research findings. Everyone was very pleased with the presentation and we have got a lot of great feedback already so thank you!" (Fairmont Hotels & Resort).
Charles Duhigg provides actionable advice in times of uncertainty and crisis
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG provides pragmatic advice that individuals and organizations can put into action right now, revealing how to make agility, creativity and resilience part of your DNA. The bestselling author of The Power of Habit, which 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, as well Smarter Faster Better (another bestseller), Duhigg's latest venture is a podcast in conjunction with Slate Magazine, How To!. The podcast is as if Dear Abbey were an investigative reporter, and revealed how to master personal and professional success in the process, and recent episodes have covered everything from effective social distancing tips, to how to stay organized in a time of crisis. Duhigg translates his work and research into a phenomenal program that helps audiences apply the “How To” mentality in order to overcome or solve any issue. His speeches are chock-full of fascinating science and eye-opening stories that shed light on the human condition and explore how to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and innovative thinking in the face of uncertainty.
Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google, to Bloomberg, to Microsoft, Duhigg garners rave reviews such as:
Charles Duhigg provides insights on leadership, organizational development and productivity
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG reveals the science of habit formation and peak performance, delivering eye-opening, entertaining and actionable takeaways that offer profound lessons on leadership, organizational development, productivity, and teamwork for every business.
Case studies included in his bestselling books, The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better include a fascinating look at some of the world’s most successful companies and organizations—including Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Walmart, and the NFL—to reveal how they used keystone habits to transform their corporate culture, marketing strategies, and internal systems in order to send profits and productivity through the roof. Duhigg’s work has inspired countless articles in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, an Inc. article on “3 HR Habits to Change,” and more, and his flowchart for how to change a habit has been used by companies to transform the way they do business.
Duhigg’s rave reviews from audiences include: “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); "We were so grateful you were able to attend our conference and provide such incredible insight into the power of habits by sharing your story and research findings. Everyone was very pleased with the presentation and we have got a lot of great feedback already so thank you!" (Fairmont Hotels & Resort)
Charles Duhigg offers powerful lessons for the healthcare industry
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG reveals the science of habit formation and transformation, delivering eye-opening, entertaining and actionable takeaways that offer profound lessons for the healthcare industry.
Case studies included in his bestselling books, The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better include a fascinating look at the nation’s largest hospitals to see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death. His work has also inspired articles in the John Hopkins Health Review, The American Psychological Association, Psychology Today, The Scientific American, and more, and his flowchart for how to change a habit has been used by hospitals to improve infection rate.
Duhigg’s rave reviews from audiences in the health sector include: "Charles was very easy to work with, and his presentation was highly insightful and entertaining, and an excellent lead-off to our discussion of disruptive influences impacting our industry and markets in the future… pretty impressive." (ALDA - Analytical, Life Science & Diagnostics Association)
Charles Duhigg's How To! Podcast
New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG has a new podcast in conjunction with Slate Magazine called How To!. In it, Duhigg takes on listeners’ toughest problems-- everything from how to fire a bad employee to how to withstand pain-- and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to their questions. It's as if Dear Abbey were an investigative reporter, and revealed how to master personal and professional success in the process.
Duhigg is the author of The Power of Habit, which 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, as well Smarter Faster Better (another bestseller). His books, like his speeches, are chock-full of fascinating science and eye-opening stories that shed light on the human condition and explore how to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business.
Duhigg can translate his work and research into a phenomenal program for any event to help audiences apply the “How To” mentality, to overcome or solve any issue your organization may be addressing. As gifted of a storyteller as he is a writer, reviews from Duhigg's recent engagements include:
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 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 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.”
Charles Duhigg's groundbreaking journalism makes headlines
Every time New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG pens a cover story, it makes headlines across outlets and garners national attention. Having penned one New York Times Magazine cover feature on search engine behemoth Google and another on the correlation between success and unhappiness, as well as an Atlantic cover story on why America's so angry, Duhigg's work is on the cutting-edge of business, innovation, and culture. Duhigg's genius lies in his uncanny ability to break down complex research and translate it into poignant takeaways about how we all work and lead our lives; and how we can all do better. Making headlines in Forbes, CNN, Quartz, Politico, CNBC, and more, Duhigg's work offers lessons for every industry. 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’s “The Power of Habit” makes Huffpost’s list of books every entrepreneur should have
When Huffpost published “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 in the news
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 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 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), was a Business News Visionary Award recipient (2020-2021), and other honors. Currently, Duhigg writes for The New Yorker and hosts the "How To!" podcast for Slate Magazine.
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.