Matthew Syed - Author

About the Author

Matthew Syed is an award-winning journalist on the times, writing for both the sports pages and the comment pages. He is a three-time Commonwealth table-tennis champion and competed in two Olympics. He studied PPE at Balliol College Oxford where he was awarded a prize-winning first class degree.

 

Featured books by Matthew Syed

You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar? If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything. Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Other books by Matthew Syed

The You Are Awesome Journal Dare to find your confidence (and maybe even change the world). Activities inspired by the no. 1 bestseller You Are Awesome

The You Are Awesome Journal Dare to find your confidence (and maybe even change the world). Activities inspired by the no. 1 bestseller You Are Awesome

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback 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

You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar? If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything. Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

The Greatest What Sport Teaches Us About Achieving Success

The Greatest What Sport Teaches Us About Achieving Success

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

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.

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'.

BLACK BOX THINKING Matthew Syed The Surprising Truth About Success B-

BLACK BOX THINKING Matthew Syed The Surprising Truth About Success B-

Author: Matthew Syed Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2016

V sovremennoj kul'ture prinyato sosredotochivat'sya na dostizheniyah i ignorirovat' provaly. Oshibki vosprinimayutsya libo kak cep' sluchajnostej i neznachitel'noe otklonenie ot normy, libo, naprotiv, oni pereocenivayutsya - togda chelovek, prinyavshij nevernoe reshenie, obvinyaetsya v nekompetentnosti i klejmitsya pozorom. Britanskij zhurnalist Meht'yu Sajed utverzhdaet, chto takoe otnoshenie k oshibkam otnimaet u lyudej i organizacij vozmozhnost' izvlech' pol'zu iz provalov, sdelat' sootvetstvuyushchie vyvody i izmenit' to, chto posluzhilo prichinoj neudachi. On rassmatrivaet dve sistemy - zdravoohranenie, v kotorom prinyato skryvat' oshibki, i aviaciyu, v kotoroj vsegda obnaroduyutsya prichiny katastrof. Meht'yu Sajed pokazyvaet, k chemu v dolgosrochnom plane privodit to ili inoe otnoshenie k neudache, kak ono vliyaet na razvitie sistemy, na lyudej, rabotayushchih v ehtoj sisteme, i na konechnyh potrebitelej - nas s vami. Sajed issleduet istoki i posledstviya oshibok v nauke, tekhnike, yurisprudencii, sporte, vskryvaet psihologicheskie mekhanizmy, stoyashchie za sokrytiem neudach, i pokazyvaet put', kotoryj mozhet projti kazhdyj, chtoby izmenit' svoe otnoshenie k oshibkam i polozhit' ih v osnovu budushchego uspekha.

Black Box Thinking Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance

Black Box Thinking Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller From the Bestselling Author of Bounce What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Team Sky and the aviation industry? What connects James Dyson and David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us. Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens - and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

Black Box Thinking

Black Box Thinking

Author: Matthew Syed Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2015

Nobody wants to fail. But in highly complex organizations, success can happen only when we confront our mistakes, learn from our own version of a black box, and create a climate where it's safe to fail. We all have to endure failure from time to time, whether it's underperforming at a job interview, flunking an exam, or losing a pickup basketball game. But for people working in safety-critical industries, getting it wrong can have deadly consequences. Consider the shocking fact that preventable medical error is the third-biggest killer in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths every year. More people die from mistakes made by doctors and hospitals than from traffic accidents. And most of those mistakes are never made public, because of malpractice settlements with nondisclosure clauses.For a dramatically different approach to failure, look at aviation. Every passenger aircraft in the world is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. Whenever there's any sort of mishap, major or minor, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and experts figure out exactly what went wrong. Then the facts are published and procedures are changed, so that the same mistakes won't happen again. By applying this method in recent decades, the industry has created an astonishingly good safety record. Few of us put lives at risk in our daily work as surgeons and pilots do, but we all have a strong interest in avoiding predictable and preventable errors. So why don't we all embrace the aviation approach to failure rather than the health-care approach? As Matthew Syed shows in this eye-opening book, the answer is rooted in human psychology and organizational culture. Syed argues that the most important determinant of success in any field is an acknowledgment of failure and a willingness to engage with it. Yet most of us are stuck in a relationship with failure that impedes progress, halts innovation, and damages our careers and personal lives. We rarely acknowledge or learn from failureeven though we often claim the opposite. We think we have 20/20 hindsight, but our vision is usually fuzzy.Syed draws on a wide range of sourcesfrom anthropology and psychology to history and complexity theoryto explore the subtle but predictable patterns of human error and our defensive responses to error. He also shares fascinating stories of individuals and organizations that have successfully embraced a black box approach to improvement, such as David Beckham, the Mercedes F1 team, and Dropbox.

Black Box Thinking The Surprising Truth About Success

Black Box Thinking The Surprising Truth About Success

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2015

What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry? What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, they see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliche, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world's most innovative organizations. Their lessons can be applied across every field - from sport to education, from business to health. Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed - the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce - explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.

Black Box Thinking The Surprising Truth About Success

Black Box Thinking The Surprising Truth About Success

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What is the connection between Dave Brailsford's Team Sky and the aviation industry? What links the inventor James Dyson and the basketball player Michael Jordan? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, Black Box Thinkers see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others, or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. How many of us can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliche, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world's most innovative organizations. It also reveals the dangers of failing to learn from mistakes. In healthcare, hundreds of thousands of patients die from preventable medical errors every year due to a chronic lack of Black Box Thinking Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed - the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce - explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.

Bounce The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

Bounce The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice

Author: Matthew Syed Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

From the author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything Essential reading for an astounding summer of sport; If you've ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer. What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn't Tiger Woods choke ? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together. Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband - and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics. Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.

Bounce

Bounce

Author: Matthew Syed Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2010

In the vein of the international bestselling Freakonomics, award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to successin sports, business, school, and just about anything else that youd want to be great at. Fans of Predictably Irrational and Malcolm Gladwells The Tipping Point will find many interesting and helpful insights in Bounce.

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