The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Written by Liz de Wet | August 21, 2012 | Posted in General | no responses

I am really interested in how we can change our behaviour and so I jumped to order The Power of Habit when I heard about. It is written in an interesting, and accessible manner and lays out the underlying brain patterns that inform how habits are formed and sustained. I am intrigued and am experimenting in my own life with how to shift some habitual behaviour. My motivation is to see if I can entrench some healthy habits relating to exercise (running is not my favourite thing!) and in the process of using the ideas, see how I might be able to structure processes to help others to do the same.

It also offers some thoughts in the form of a case study about Alcoa, about keystone habits in organisations and how these might be the leverage points for collective change. Whilst I found this fascinating, I am less certain of how this can be translated into practical knowledge, but I will continue to consider what it might offer in the form of leadership practice.

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