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Matthew Syed - Author

About the Author

Matthew Syed is a columnist for The Times, an acclaimed author and a former international table tennis champion. He is also a trustee of Greenhouse Sports, a charity that empowers young people from disadvanted communities through sport. Matthew is married, and has two young children.

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Dare to Be You Defy Self-Doubt, Fearlessly Follow Your Own Path and Be Confidently You!

Dare to Be You Defy Self-Doubt, Fearlessly Follow Your Own Path and Be Confidently You!

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

From the bestselling, award-winning author of You Are Awesome comes the much-anticipated follow-up, Dare to Be You. What would you dare to try if you stopped worrying about fitting in? If you're the kind of person who thinks: I don't like standing out from the crowd ... I wish I could be more like the cool kids ... There's no point trying to change things ... then this book is for you. Because guess what? There's no such thing as normal. Drawing examples from sport, science and even business, Dare to Be You empowers young readers to follow their own path, love what makes them different and question the world around them. With You Are Awesome's trademark mix of hilarious text, stylish illustration, personal insights and inspiring real-life examples, including Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, Matthew Syed introduces children to the power of diverse thinking. When you stop doubting yourself, embrace change and let your kindness loose, you become your own action hero. This groundbreaking, practical and positive book will help kids develop the inner confidence to grow into happy adults who know - and, more importantly, LIKE - themselves. Praise for You Are Awesome, children's book of the year 2019 and Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller: A very funny and inspiring read! Brilliantly practical with a wide variety of examples that make it relevant for both boys and girls (and adults)! - Online customer review Genuinely funny and engaging ... It's a must read. - Online customer review

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

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 book, Matthew Syed - the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking - 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 deradicalization in America's deep South. It is 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.

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2019

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 book, Matthew Syed - the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking - 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 deradicalization in America's deep South. 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.

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Rebel Ideas The Power of Diverse Thinking

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2019

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'A master of the genre' THE TIMES 'A gripping read, full of intelligence and perspective' JAMES DYSON 'Will change the way you think about success and even about life' JUDY MURRAY 'On a vital and still-overlooked topic, Matthew Syed has assembled a compelling base of evidence from a wide range of scientists. If that sounds intimidating, don't worry: Syed is a superb storyteller. I couldn't put the book down, and I learned so much. A stunning achievement' TIM HARFORD, AUTHOR OF THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST Matthew Syed's phenomenal bestseller will change the way you think about success - forever. Rebel Ideas examines the power of 'cognitive diversity' - the ability to think differently about the world around us. It explains how to harness our unique perspectives, pool our collective intelligence and tackle the greatest challenges of our age - from climate change to terrorism. It draws on a dazzling range of case studies, including the catastrophic failings of the CIA before 9/11, a fatal communication breakdown on top of Mount Everest and a moving tale of de-radicalisation in America's Deep South. Rebel Ideas will strengthen any team or organisation, but has dozens of personal applications, too: from the art of personal reinvention to the remarkable benefits of personalised nutrition. It shows us how to become more creative, how to collaborate in a world becoming more interconnected, and how to break free of the echo chambers that surround us all. It's time to think differently...

The You Are Awesome Journal Dare to find your confidence (and maybe even change the world)

The You Are Awesome Journal Dare to find your confidence (and maybe even change the world)

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Find your way to awesome with this brilliant toolkit of goals, plans and challenges! Boys and girls everywhere have been discovering that they can be awesome thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he's created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. Because, with the right mindset, you really CAN do (almost) anything, whether you want to supercharge your maths, try out for the team or be the first person to walk on Mars. Whether setting out their goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, readers will love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who dreams big - and who wants to make those dreams come true. Praise for YOU ARE AWESOME: 'Great book for young children about determination, resilience, self-confidence.' - Phil Neville, former England footballer and head coach of England Women 'I have lost track of the number of people recommending YOU ARE AWESOME by Matthew Syed. An accessible, practical approach to helping kids develop a growth mindset.' - The Bookseller 'An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how.' - Professor Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University 'Grab yourselves a copy folks, this is wonderful and insightful.' - Author Giles Paley-Phillips 'I read YOU ARE AWESOME in one go, and then read it again! It answered so many questions I had about how to get better at some of the things I struggle with. It has stories of how others have been successful and makes you feel that you can do it too. After reading YOU ARE AWESOME I've changed how I approach difficult things. I've told all my friends to read it!' - Freddie, age 10 'I loved this book. YOU ARE AWESOME really builds your confidence and shows you how the right mindset can help you achieve your dreams. It shows that you have to be brave, prepare for failure and have self-belief. I will definitely be using some of the principles in this book to tackle some everyday challenges and other bigger ones too. A definite must read for anyone who wants to achieve more with their lives and build their confidence.' - Ella, age 13

BOUNCE

BOUNCE

Author: Matthew Syed Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

CHto lezhit v osnove nashih uspekhov? Vrozhdennyj talant ili prilozhennye staraniya? CHtoby dat' otvet na ehtot vopros, britanskij zhurnalist Meht'yu Sajed, v proshlom - chempion Velikobritanii po nastol'nomu tennisu, issleduet dostizheniya velichajshih sportsmenov, muzykantov, vrachej i professionalov v drugih oblastyah. Ego vyvod mozhet pokazat'sya paradoksal'nym: u tekh, kogo my privykli schitat' otmechennymi s rozhdeniya pechat'yu geniya, za plechami tysyachi i tysyachi chasov upornyh celenapravlennyh trenirovok. V ehtoj knige, nagrazhdennoj premiej British Sports Book Awards, Sajed rasskazyvaet o stereotipah myshleniya, kotorye prepyatstvuyut razvitiyu masterstva, i o sposobah ih preodoleniya. On raz"e;yasnyaet, kak vnutrennie ustanovki pomogayut ili meshayut nam v reshenii prostejshih i global'nyh zadach, i pokazyvaet, kak mozhno ih izmenit'.

The Greatest What Sport Teaches Us About Achieving Success

The Greatest What Sport Teaches Us About Achieving Success

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the 'Sports Journalist of the Year 2016', answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.

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