Publication Date: 10/09/2019 ISBN: 9781473613911 Category:

Rebel Ideas

Matthew Syed

Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication Date: 10/09/2019 ISBN: 9781473613911 Category:

£20.00 £18.00


Mr B's review

What connects tragic events such as the Mount Everest disaster in 1996 and the terrorist attack of 9/11? Syed, the acclaimed journalist and podcaster, takes on this question with a new way of thinking – cognitive diversity (the idea of being open to different viewpoints). This, he argues, can help tackle terrorism, climate change and other key issues of our age. A bold, radical and provocative blueprint for the future from one of the country’s leading thinkers.



‘A master of the genre’ The Times

Success is no longer just about talent, or knowledge or skill. Today, it is also about freeing ourselves from the blinkers and blind spots that beset us all, and harnessing a critical new ingredient: cognitive diversity.

In this bold and inspiring new book, Matthew Syed – the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking – offers a radical new approach to success and a route map to how we can tackle our most complex challenges, such as obesity, terrorism and climate change.

Rebel Ideas draws upon cutting-edge research in psychology, economics and anthropology, and takes lessons from a dazzling range of case studies, including the catastrophic intelligence failings of the CIA before 9/11, a communication breakdown at the top of Mount Everest and a moving tale of deradicalisation in America’s Deep South.

It is a book that will strengthen any institution or team, but also offers dozens of individual applications too: the art of personal reinvention, the extraordinary benefits of personalised nutrition and how to break free of the echo chambers that surround us all.

Rebel Ideas offers a radical blueprint for the future. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about how success really happens.

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