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Rebel Ideas : Power of Diverse Thinking - Matthew Syed

Rebel Ideas

Power of Diverse Thinking

Paperback Published: 10th September 2019
ISBN: 9781473613928
Number Of Pages: 288

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An inspiring book about creative problem-solving from the No.1 bestselling author of Bounce, Black Box Thinking and You Are Awesome.

Where do the best ideas come from?

And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face - at work, in the education of our children, and in the biggest shared challenges of our age: rising obesity, terrorism and climate change?

In this bold and inspiring new book, Matthew Syed - the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking - argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of our 'cognitive diversity'.

Rebel Ideas is a fascinating journey through the science of team performance. It draws on psychology, economics, anthropology and genetics, and takes lessons from a dazzling range of case-studies, including the catastrophic intelligence failings of the C IA before 9/11, a communication breakdown at the top of Mount Everest, and a moving tale of deradicalization in America's deep South. Plus: insights from the studio of the most successful songwriter you've never heard of, the secrets of the most creative and progressive schools in the world, and how the marriage decrees of the Catholic Church inadvertently inspired the Industrial Revolution.

It is a book that will strengthen any company, institution or team, but it also offers many individual applications too: the remarkable benefits of personalised nutrition, advice on how to break free of the echo chambers that surround us, and tips on how we can all develop an 'outsider mindset'.

Rebel Ideas offers a radical blueprint for creative problem-solving. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about where the best ideas come from.

About the Author

Matthew Syed is a leading columnist and feature writer for The Times and the host of the UK's biggest podcast: Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy on BBC Radio 5. Matthew also gives business talks to major international corporate clients including. Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three times Commonwealth Champion, and he twice represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games.

ISBN: 9781473613928
ISBN-10: 1473613922
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10th September 2019
Publisher: John Murray Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.4 x 23.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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Matthew Syed

About the Author


Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change. He has worked with leading global organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. A multiple award-winning journalist for The Times, he is a highly-acclaimed speaker and the author of five bestselling books. In his work, he explores a thought-provoking approach to success and high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world, looking at the scientific correlation between mindset and performance and how we cannot develop unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

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