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Author: Matthew Syed
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9781473613805
What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?
What links Team Sky and the aviation industry?
What connects James Dyson and David Beckham?
They are all Black Box Thinkers.
Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us.
Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens - and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
PRAISE FOR BLACK BOX THINKING:
`Matthew Syed has issued a stirring call to revolutionize how we think about success — by changing our attitude to failure. Failure shouldn't be shameful and stigmatizing, 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 and To Sell Is Human
`Retrieval was Matthew Syed's forte when he was England's number one table tennis player. You couldn't get anything past him. And retrieval is the subject of this extraordinarily wide-ranging book. Retrieval of hope, retrieval of experience — not just a true sportsman's determination to retrieve success from the lessons of failure, but a true humanitarian's too. A book that dares us to do better'
== Howard Jacobson, Winner of the Man Booker Prize
'Excellent . . . Together with his previous book it adds up to a persuasive account of human accomplishment . . . This book is a sustained argument about the damage done by the growth of blame culture in Britain and America … Syed's lively book is a powerful warning of the damage such a culture can do'
== The Times
'I think Matthew Syed is on to something. As a former England table tennis champion with a starred first in PPE, he has moved effortlessly on to writing and broadcasting career of some distinction. Few people are better qualified to write about success . . . Syed's book is soundly constructed, well argued and highly persuasive. And his stories stick in the mind'
== Daily Mail
== Daily Mail
‘Will transform your entire perspective’
== The Times
‘An extraordinary, inspirational book which reveals how great performers and teams are driven by an insatiable curiosity for marginal gains, together with the intellectual courage to challenge their most cherished assumpttions’
== Dave Brailsford, General Manager, Team Sky
‘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, and Inventor & Entrepreneur
Part 1: The Logic of Failure
1. A Routine Operation
2. United Airlines 173
3. The Paradox of Success
Part 2: Cognitive Dissonance
4. Wrongful Convictions
5. Intellectual Contortions
6. Reforming Criminal Justice
Part 3: Confronting Complexity
7. The Nozzle Paradox
8. Scared Straight?
Part 4: Small Steps and Giant Leaps
9. Marginal Gains
10. How Failure Drives Innovation
Part 5: The Blame Game
11. Libyan Arab Airlines Flight
12. The Second Victim
Part 6: Creating a Growth Culture
13. The Beckham Effect
14. Redefining Failure
Coda: The Big Picture