JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, BROADCASTER, and SPEAKER
Matthew Syed’s latest book about high performance, Black Box Thinking, was published on 10th September 2015 to critical acclaim.
Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world’s most innovative organizations. It also reveals the dangers of failing to learn from mistakes. In healthcare, hundreds of thousands of patients die from preventable medical errors every year due to a chronic lack of Black Box Thinking.
Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed – theaward-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce – explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.
Creative breakthroughs always begin with multiple failures. This brilliant book shows how true invention lies in the understanding and overcoming of these failures, which we must learn to embrace.
JAMES DYSON, DESIGNER, INVENTOR & ENTREPRENEUR
Matthew Syed has issued a stirring call to revolutionise how we think about success — by changing our attitude to failure. Failure shouldn’t be shameful and stigmatising, but exciting and enlightening. Full of well-crafted stories and keenly deployed scientific insights, BLACK BOX THINKING will forever change the way you think about screwing up.
DANIEL PINK, AUTHOR OF DRIVE & TO SELL IS HUMAN
Matthew Syed’s first book, Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and became a UK best-seller.
Bounce, is described as “a must-read for anyone interested in the science of success, and the mindset and culture that support it”.
A gripping examination of the hidden forces that come together in the making of a champion.
MICHAEL ATHERTON, FORMER ENGLAND CRICKET CAPTAIN
A fascinating subject and Syed is a dazzling writer.
OWEN SLOT, THE TIMES
I love this book. A must-read if you have ever wondered what sets the super-achievers and the rest of us apart – in any field, not just in sport. I only wish I had read it when I was fifteen.
GABBY LOGAN, BBC PRESENTER AND FORMER INTERNATIONAL GYMNAST
Intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable at a stroke … challenged some of my most cherished beliefs about life and success.
JONATHAN EDWARDS, TRIPLE JUMP WORLD RECORD HOLDER
Cutting-edge analysis and devastatingly argued.
MARK THOMAS, PROFESSOR OF EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Compelling and, at times, exhilarating – Bounce explains high achievement in sport, business and beyond.
MICHAEL SHERWOOD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL
Matthew Syed is an exceptional speaker and regularly performs at events for both corporates and not-for-profit organisations.
Over the last 12 months, Matthew has been booked by many of the most innovative and forward-thinking organisations in the world including Goldman Sachs, Arsenal FC, Vodafone, Rolls Royce, BP, McKinsey, Alliance Bernstein, Oxford University, Saracens, McLaren, Deutsche Bank, Morrisons, T-Mobile, Genentech, Orange, the Premier League, United Bank of Switzerland, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Westminster School, Freshfields, and Proctor and Gamble.
Matthew is currently a columnist and feature writer for The Times. He writes a Monday column on Football, a Wednesday column on sport, as well as penning reviews, opinion and interviews. He has won numerous prizes for his writing including Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the Sports Journalist Association Awards.