Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance (Paperback)
  • Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance (Paperback)

Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 07/04/2016
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We will look beneath the surface and examine the underlying processes through which humans learn, innovate and become more creative: whether in business, politics or in our own lives. And we will find that in all these instances the explanation for success hinges, in powerful and often counter-intuitive ways, on how we react to failure.

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 – for 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 fail, even catastrophically and learn from our mistakes.

From the Bestselling Author of Bounce comes a book about how human beings progress, develop and make ground-breaking strides all through accepting and learning from moments of crisis.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473613805
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 248 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm


‘In a congenial, easy-to-grasp style, it introduces some of the major research in the field of cognitive flaws and points out that empirical method is superior to gut feelings and unconfirmed experience.’ - The Telegraph

'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' - Sir Dave Brailsford

'Highly persuasive' - Daily Mail

'Will transform your entire perspective' -  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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