Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker on the subject of high performance. His six best-selling books are all on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest. He works with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, Matthew was the England table tennis number for nearly ten years.
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Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. He understands the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations. And he explains how to unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment. You can view a A TEDx video of Matthew speaking about growth mindset here.
He is considered to be one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change.
In Matthew’s most recent best seller – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking - Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of 'cognitive diversity'. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world's most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.
Matthew also works very closely with the education sector to help improve mindsets in schools and young people. He is an active founding member of the charity Greenhouse Sports and an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.
He is also known for his successful children’s books, You Are Awesome and The You Are Awesome Journal.