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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. 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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