Ep 209: Matthew Syed, Rebel Ideas

Ep 209: Matthew Syed, Rebel Ideas

My guest this week is Matthew Syed. Matthew was formerly the British table tennis number one and is now a journalist the best selling author of books such as “Bounce” and “Black Box Thinking”. Matthew’s new book, “Rebel Ideas” has just been published.

My guest this week is Matthew Syed. Matthew was formerly the British table tennis number one and is now a journalist the best selling author of books such as “Bounce” and “Black Box Thinking”.

Matthew’s new book, “Rebel Ideas” has just been published. In the book, he explores a topic that we’ve looked at a few times on the show, the importance of diverse thinking in teams and organizations.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • When and why diversity matters and how it contributes to success
  • Diversity of background, perspective, and thinking
  • Rebel ideas that challenge, cross pollenate, diverge and augment.
  • An example of the CIA being individually perceptive but collectively blind
  • The danger of assimilation to the dominant assumptions of a business.

Matthew also shares his advice for recruiters and suggest ways we can all have more rebel ideas

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