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Rebel Ideas

The Power of Diverse Thinking
Narrated by: Matthew Syed
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

An inspiring audiobook about creative problem-solving from the number one best-selling author of Bounce, Black Box Thinking and You Are Awesome.

Where do the best ideas come from?

And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face - at work, in the education of our children, and in the biggest shared challenges of our age: rising obesity, terrorism and climate change?

In this bold and inspiring new audiobook, Matthew Syed argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of our 'cognitive diversity'.

Rebel Ideas is a fascinating journey through the science of team performance. It draws on psychology, economics, anthropology and genetics, 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. Plus: insights from the studio of the most successful songwriter you've never heard of, the secrets of the most creative and progressive schools in the world, and how the marriage decrees of the Catholic Church inadvertently inspired the Industrial Revolution.

It is a book that will strengthen any company, institution or team, but it also offers many individual applications too: the remarkable benefits of personalised nutrition, advice on how to break free of the echo chambers that surround us, and tips on how we can all develop an 'outsider mindset'.

Rebel Ideas offers a radical blueprint for creative problem-solving. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about where the best ideas come from.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Matthew Syed Consulting Limited (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Essential read

This book has the ability to not only entertain but enlighten. The breaking down of evens and the full respect he give to the topics he discusses are exceptional. I will be getting both of my children to read it as I believe the information within will help shape better understanding for them.

Can’t recommend this enough.

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Malcolm gladwell for the uk

This is a good book full of interesting insights, although the premise is fairly straightforward, can be articulated quite quickly. Rather like Syed's earlier book Bounce, the running time is somewhat padded out by familiar examples that have appeared in similar literature from the likes of Daniel Kahneman, Dan Ariely, Malcolm Gladwell. At any rate, a number of the anecdotes were quite familiar to me. Some of Syed's conclusions feel a bit optimistic/simplistic - there is the sense of a TED talk about them. That said, a plea for individualization, specialisation and rebellion against standardisation is always welcome, and this contains plenty of fascinating insights.

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Excellent

I love all the books that I have read from this author. Would highly recommend that you read them all. learnt loads from this book

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Another excellent book Matthew

This is a really interesting and thought provoking book. After 2 chapters I was recommending it to others and as with all the books I listen to on audible, I'll be listening to it again... I cannot recommend this book enough... it really makes you consider how diversity impacts our lives.... I've honestly learned so much... thank you Matthew!

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Brilliant

Crammed full of counterintuitive insights. very compelling arguments. A great addition to the brilliant Syed catalogue.

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What a hugely interesting book.

This is the sort of book everyone should be reading. It’s not often I read something that really makes me think ‘oh whoops I didn’t realise I was doing that quite as much as I was so I’d better take a look at things and be a bit more mindful!’ Especially today with brexit and the way politicians conduct themselves in their so called ‘debates’ we can learn so much by opening our minds to the idea that someone else’s opinion might just have something to offer after all. First we need to get over our arrogance which won’t be so easy to do

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Another excellent book by Matthew Syed

Syed always manages to condense complex ideas, empirical data, and meaningful conclusions into a narrative flow. This book is no exception.

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Highly recommend

Really enjoyed the book. The author shares his ideas in an interesting, well thought out and well researched manner. Finished the book in less than a week but I would like to listen a second time to fully digest it all. This book ought to be heard far and wide

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Makes you see things differently

Good oration would recommend challenges your own bias and views we all need to reach out to people and listen more we may learn something new

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The strength in diversity.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Syed does a great job of driving home the value of diversity in a variety of contexts. I will definitely use this in my own coaching and be recommending the book to others.