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Publisher Description

The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller

From the Bestselling Author of Bounce

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.

Health & Well-Being
September 10
John Murray Press

Customer Reviews

BrainXP ,

Everyone should read this book.

What a great read. Starts slow and a bit obvious or perhaps boring as chapters focus on different sectors like healthcare or justice system, but it gets better with every chapter as the story starts flowing naturally and really captures your attention, showing that failure plays an important role in success. With real life examples you can see that you can’t succeed without failing (over and over again).

One of my favourite books and something that I will try to read at least once a year. I wish there was another book focused even more on some examples from business, like the google or Unilever story.

Cpskjjyjjj ,

Room for improvement

A enthralling beginning, and an intense and gripping first 150 pages, however unfortunately it seems as though Syed felt a need to reach 300 pages, which had a detrimental impact on his writing.
Moreover, I wasn’t a fan of the examples used. Some felt unnecessary, whilst others I did have an interest in weren’t explored to a satisfactory depth.
Finally, the idea of failure was explored on an extremely broad spectrum. Syed failed to knuckle down into the components that make up failure across many examples too deeply.
Therefore if one is looking for a book along this line of genre, having have read a few such books my best recommendation would be: “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.

happyfatpigeon ,


There are some good points but they’re just worded different and repeated for pages and pages.

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