Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success (Hardback)
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Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 10/09/2015
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How did James Dyson turn 5127 failures in to a multi-million pound business?

What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?

What could prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths in the healthcare system each year?

BLACK BOX THINKING.

Award-winning Times columnist Matthew Syed’s previous book Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice was an international bestseller, selling over 100,000 copies through UK BookScan alone, and has been translated into more than 10 languages since publication in 2011. The book drew comparisons to Freakonomics and marked the arrival of a bright new talent in non-fiction: a fresh voice in the ‘smart thinking’ field, using sport to explore broader life lessons.

His follow up, Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success, sees Syed broadening his scope — from sport in to business, from politics to healthcare, from aviation to innovation, this is an examination of the transformative effect of a positive attitude to failure, looking at the success of Black Box Thinkers.

Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't afraid to face up to mistakes – rather than denying them, blaming others, or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. They see failure as the very best way to learn.

Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and practical takeaways, Black Box Thinking 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. As well as exposing the dangers of failing to learn from mistakes, Matthew Syed explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.

Matthew Syed says: ‘The notion of learning from failure has many subtle and surprising dimensions that impact upon almost every area of human development – we can inspire a revolution in politics, economics, healthcare, our everyday lives and more through a transformation in the way we think about failure. The book explores pressing issues facing businesses, parents, and politicians, but also attempts to reinterpret big picture areas like cultural evolution and the nature of consciousness. Sport will also play a part!’

'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

‘Extraordinarily wide-ranging… A book that dares us to do better.’ HOWARD JACOBSON, WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

'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

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473613775
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 232 x 157 x 27 mm


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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 assumptions * 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, 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 *
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 pervious 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 *

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“Black Box Thinking”

I was totally absorbed by this book: the evidence was overwhelming. This should be required reading for any person aspiring to be - or in - a position of influence and leadership.

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“Black Box Thinking”

This is the century of Karl Popper. Read this book to find out why.

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“A Stirring Call to Arms.”

Whatever you say about failure, we frequently fail to learn from it but Matthew Syed takes us on a welcome journey around the psychology with both wit and effort, offering solutions to long held problems. Its a... More

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