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Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

Here’s a statistic that will probably shock you: about 40% of everything you do is out of habit. So if you stop to think about it, almost half of your life is happening when you are largely unconscious working off neural patterns and instincts.  If this worries you, and it should, you will love my conversation with Charles Duhigg, author of a fantastic book, The Power of Habit.

Charles has an MBA from Harvard and works as reporter for The New York Times focusing on investigative business pieces. He’s written extensively about Apple and conditions in overseas factories. His book is one of the best business books I’ve read—it offers fascinating insights into the neuroscience of habit and how you can actually become more mindful. It also made me laugh out loud.

I’m thrilled to talk with Charles as we explore:

  • Why the military is one of the biggest habit experiments in the world
  • How toothpaste became a daily habit
  • Building awareness of habits and how to change them
  • What organizations can do to create habits around innovation

You can learn more about Charles on his website.

Listen to my interview with Charles Duhigg.

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6 Responses to Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

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  • Kathleen Delpino

    I work at an elementary school; as an administrator,I am intrigued by the idea of keystone values and how to identify them. I know that public school teachers often work long hours – beyond contract time; they also don’t seem to know how their work or efforts connect to the entire school. I wonder if the keystone habit should send the message that they are important and their work in valuable?

  • Chad Brown

    I am skeptical about the idea that everyone is accurately categorized as 40% habit based. Perhaps some people are 10% and others are 70%. Any individual is fixed for life and cannot change? You see where I am going with this. I think this is a click bait introduction. But I can tell you I really hate click bait stuff in when I see it I get turned off and delete whatever it is that is seeking my attention.

    • Michael

      Chad – well, that was based on science from Duke University. Do you have some alternative data?

    • John

      Chad, I think the podcast is all about how it’s possible to create new habits to replace less helpful ones.

  • Peter Njoroge

    I love the interview and the insight it gives towards behavior and culture change at home and in institutions.
    Peter Njoroge
    Kenya Nairobi

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