The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Habit

Hmmm….not sure what happened here but I posted this and then it disappeared. So let’s try again. This book was recommended in a tweet by someone I work with so I thought I’d pick it up. It’s another one of those books that’s useful in work conversations – particularly when I’m facilitating training sessions. Some of the arguments and examples are stronger than others but overall it’s a good read. I found the model around how habits are created to be particularly useful.

Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice by Matthew Syed

BounceA change of direction for the next book and away from history. Bounce started off as an interesting read but sadly couldn’t maintain it throughout the whole book. The initial theory was that there’s no such thing as talent and that what separates the best from the rest is merely the amount of practice they’ve put in. It was certainly a thought provoking thesis and may come in handy during conversations in my training sessions at work. It wasn’t 100% convincing but then Syed comes across as what he is – a sportsman turned journalist who is writing a popularised version of other people’s ideas. I’m sure the many people he quotes (at length) provide better backing. The final section though was a meandering disappointment of opinion pieces of sporting hot topics. They didn’t really bring anything to the party other than to pad out the book and bring it all to a rather disappointing conclusion.