- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1417 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: John Murray; 01 edition (10 September 2015)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PW634YQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 870 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Back Cover
What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?
What is the connection between Dave Brailsford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?
What links the inventor James Dyson and the basketball player Michael Jordan?
They are all 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. In fact, Black Box Thinkers see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, 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.
How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure?
Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book 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. It also reveals the dangers of failing to learn from mistakes. In healthcare, hundreds of thousands of patients die from preventable medical errors every year due to a chronic lack of Black Box Thinking.
Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed - theaward-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce - explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.
Matthew Syed is a leading columnist and feature writer for The Times. He makes authored features for the BBC current affairs programme Newsnight and regularly appears on CNN International and World Service TV. Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three times Commonwealth Champion, and he twice represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games. Matthew Syed's first book, Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and became a UK best-seller.
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A must read if you are interested in maximising your potential, no matter what level you are currently at.
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I gave my daughter a long speech after reading this book as I feel its also good for resilience and not being afraid of making mistakes but embrace what you could learn from it.
Recommend this book to any and everyone!
There is much in here that businesses and government should learn from. Also applicable in many ways to personal endeavours
Well written and researched, interesting, compelling. One of my 2 Best non fiction books of the last 18 months.
For a nonfiction, it would be remarkable easy to read for those who don't usually read nonfiction. It's filled with so many examples from so many industries, which could also be a drawback that there are too many examples.
Some sections I found completely fascinating whereas there were others to which I found it much more difficult to relate. The first half was very engaging but the book tailed off a little after that. There is some repetition although it could be seen that the author is reinforcing his message.
Matthew Syed writes in a thought provoking way and his weekly newspaper columns are always challenging politics/society.
Overall this was an interesting and intelligent book - I will pick up another of his books at some point
The examples and anecdotes flow well, and well as the "what" cover "why" and then "how".
The section on how the ancient religions were closed to improvement felt somewhat out of place, and perhaps ignored the agricultural, mathematical and astronomical achievements.
Overall this book left me wondering how I can be wrong better, and how I can bring that to my life and work.
It is written in the style of a scientific paper with comprehensive referencing and research.
For me, as a healthcare professional with over 20 years of experience trying to encourage a culture and system of learning from failures, I understand the challenge and the barriers to progress of clinical practice which did and still do exist. I will be sharing it with both the converted and unconverted.
A new way of looking at solving problems and then learning from them and adapting to increase the chances of success and decreasing the chances of failure.