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Ray Cotton, the power of habit


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The power of habit

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Ray Cotton, the power of habit

  1. 1. “Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” - Charles Duhigg author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  2. 2. The Power of Habit explores all aspects of a habit, including how it is formed, triggered and then continued. Duhigg explains how habits have the power to lead to individual, company-wide and even societal successes and transformations.
  3. 3. “The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”
  4. 4. “Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.”
  5. 5. “Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and become more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
  6. 6. Focusing on keystone habits can transform an individual, company or society.
  7. 7. “Willpower isn’t just a skill. It’s a muscle, like the muscles in your arms or legs, and it gets tired as it works harder, so there’s less power left over for other things.”
  8. 8. When Paul O’Neill took over as CEO for Alcoa, 15,000 workers were on strike. He chose to focus on worker safety instead of profits and efficiency. They were able to discern inefficiencies by focusing on worker safety. He helped employees develop better habits by keeping them safe. Suddenly Alcoa became the top performer in the Dow Jones. Safety was the keystone habit.
  9. 9. Ray Cotton is an industry leader in security leadership, crisis management and cost control. He enjoys reading informative books having to do with career and personal advancement.