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Charles Duhigg        

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Bestselling Author of "The Power of Habit"

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and the author of "The Power of Habit," which spent over three years on New York Times bestseller lists. His second book, "Smarter Faster Better," was also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, "Supercommunicators," will be available in 2024.

Duhigg currently writes for The New Yorker magazine. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Duhigg has been a frequent contributor to This American Life, NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS’s NewsHour, and Frontline.

Duhigg led the team that won the 2013 Pulitzer prize in explanatory journalism for “The iEconomy,” a series that examined the global economy through the lens of Apple. That series included examinations of such topics as the factories in China where iPhones and iPads are manufactured.

Duhigg has also received The George Polk award, the Gerald Loeb award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the Scripps Howard National Journalism award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and other honors.

While a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Duhigg reported from Iraq about American military operations.

Before becoming a full-time journalist in 2003, Duhigg worked as an analyst for American Property Global Partners, a private equity firm and co-founded SWPA Education Management Group, L.L.C., which developed education programs for medically underserved areas.

He was also, for one terrifying day in 1999, a bike messenger in San Francisco.

Duhigg lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children.

Speech Topics


Willpower as key to future success

Drawing from the example of Starbucks’ staff training, Duhigg delivers a powerful and entertaining example of how companies are teaching their employees willpower and inspiring them to succeed. Not only is knowing how to instill willpower essential for companies, but also for parents and schools – and research shows that kids with self-regulatory skills have an advantage throughout their lives.

Big Data

Charles Duhigg discovered that Target, using Big Data, built a predictive model so precise it could tell when shoppers were pregnant – sometimes, even before their parents knew. Increasingly, algorithms and data drive business decisions. At the heart of these models is a basic question: why do customers habitually return to certain products and services? And how can companies influence those choices? Duhigg delivers riveting insights into how companies predict and control habits and ultimately know what customers want before they themselves do.

Power of Habit

In this keynote lecture, Charles Duhigg begins by exploring the science of habit formation, illustrating why we do what we do and how we can change it. Duhigg explains why the most powerful habits have emotional cores, and how tweaking even one habit can have staggering effects. Duhigg draws from a number of current case studies, customizing them to his specific audience.

The Science of Habit Formation

Why We Do What We Do, And How to Change It

Why Craving Exists

How the Neurology of Craving Explains Our Habits, What We Buy, and How We Learn

The Power of a Crisis

How Leaders Teach Organizational Habits Through Accident and Design

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Habits and Predictive Analytics

How Target Knows What Shoppers Want Before They Do

Consumer Habits

Why Customers Keep Coming Back for Some (But Only Some) Products Again and Again

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News


Charles Duhigg: The most productive people see life as a series of ...
If there were a silver bullet for productivity, Charles Duhigg would have discovered it by now. Duhigg spent years researching the science of productivity and ...
Excerpt from 'Smarter Faster Better' by Charles Duhigg | Newsday
My introduction to the science of productivity began in the summer of 2011, when I asked a friend of a friend for a favor. At.
Charles Duhigg reveals secrets of being productive
In the race to get things done quickly and easily, productivity app use jumped 125 percent from 2014 to 2015, helping with things like notes and grocery shopping. Charles Duhigg is the author of the new book, "Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business." The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he believes it takes more than technology and to-do lists to be productive.
Preparing the mind for habitual success | Dallas Morning News
Charles Duhigg wants you to turn bad habits into opportunities. The 37-year-old author is creating a buzz in the business world with his book, The Power of ...

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