Duhigg explores what science has to teach us about how habits are formed, how they function, how they can be modified and how they influence our lives and our business world. The book is very well written. It is engaging. It contains lots of references to studies and science but not in a dry or boring way. It is a series of fascinating stories.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book more as it was focused on individuals and organizations. The latter half of the book was about habits of societies and it could have had a better ending by bringing it all together. Additionally, I note that in the world of management and leadership, everything you do is driven by your habits and the habits of others. Understanding how to instill or change a habit will significantly impact how you are perceived by others and how changing habits can improve organizational performance. There are a lot of examples and explanations that clarify the message "Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, The Power of Habit becomes easier to grasp, and the only option left is to get to work."
This is definitely a very powerful book that will inspire those who want to improve their lives through understanding and changing their habits, however, I believe that in today’s Information Age, where people have limited attention span, I feel that the book is a bit long winded with all the examples it gives while making its key points. Maybe it’s just me, but I could have taken the essence of this book in half the number of pages. Additionally, the organization of the book is somewhat muddled, as there is significant overlap in the parts of individuals and organizations. Also, the section on social movements rests on a precious few examples, and therefore, the theory seems less convincing than it might otherwise be. All things aside, I feel richer having read this book. My rating for this book is 3.5/5.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and the author of Smarter Faster Better, about the science of productivity and The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.