Habits. I never really thought much of them. I learned about habits in a history of psychology class in my undergrad through William James’ work published back in the 1890s. If we’ve know about them for that long, and it’s something we do every day, is it really that big a deal?
We all have them. End of story. Right?
Then I heard Charles Duhigg present at a conference last year. My apathy about habits has turned to curiosity, particularly when it comes to how to successfully instituting major change.
Habits are hard to break, and it’s necessary to look at how we do this when we’re trying to introduce a new way of doing things. Failure to attend to how we extinguish habits may be our downfall. After all, “culture eats strategy for lunch.” Culture, among other things, includes habits and other small ways of doing things that we don’t even think about. Leveraging what we know about habits can help us understand how to make change “stick”.
- How can new habits form to support sustainable change?
- How can we extinguish habits that do not align with the change?
- On a personal level, how can we extinguish habits that do not serve us well?
These were just a few of the questions that ran through my head when read this book. If you’re struggling to leverage the best from your team or sustain change, you may find helpful wisdom in this book. You can also watch a YouTube video or download an MP3 here.