A favorite recent read is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The book discusses how hundreds of habits influence our daily lives, and how organizational habits or routines yield hundreds of “unwritten rules” that influence how companies operate.
Duhigg articulates a process on how to effectively change a habit, which involves: (1) understanding the “cue;” (2) identifying the “reward;” and (3) starting a new “routine.” This book is a must read if you personally have persistent bad habits you would like to break, even ones like weight loss that you have tried and failed at numerous times in the past. It also provides great insights into effective change management in organizations.
The book includes many examples of individuals and organizations that have seen dramatic results from changing habits. Duhigg states “If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real. This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be. Once that choice occurs – and becomes automatic – it’s not only real, it starts to seem inevitable…” (p. 273).