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Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker about high performance. His six best-selling books are all about mindset and high performance. These include Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest. He is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change.


About Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed 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 TEDx video of Matthew speaking about growth mindset here.


Matthew Syed 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.

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.

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"The best speech of its kind I have ever heard. It inspired, entertained and informed in equal measure."

The Atlantic Group

"Provocative and eye-opening, it changed the way I think about life and success. It has so many implications for the business."

The Third Space

"An outstanding speech that transformed the perspective of coaches and players alike. Our young players have been talking about it ever since."

Arsenal FC

"A wonderful speech delivered to 1000 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business."


"The feedback to your talk was amazing, with department heads using their development time in the afternoon to discuss your ideas and many people stopping me in the corridor to thank me for asking you to come in."

Surrey Schools

"Matthew’s messages were fantastic. He not only described clearly how champions are made, but could also give evidence based arguments that supported his bold assertions. His influence on our squad and management was an extremely positive one for which we are very grateful."

Saracens Director of Rugby

"Matthew was everything I had hoped for and more. He captivated the audience with material that he made directly relevant to our business. He was asked some thought provoking questions and came back with equally thought provoking answers. As a company we are on a journey of change and Matthew’s presentation supported our strategy for the year ahead and beyond."

e.surv Chartered Surveyors


Utterly inspiring. We are looking forward already to booking you again!


Simmons and Simmons

"Superb - we went away with a refreshed sense of how to identify and motivate talented people"

SHL Group


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Apr 09, 2024

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