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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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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.

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

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  • Ian
  • 13-11-2019

Really enjoyed this

Entertaining and informative with well paced delivery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and got great value from it.

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  • Ekele Onuh Oscar
  • 31-12-2019

Not his best work

in defence for diversity, this is a book to read however, I was hoping to see how diversity created rebel ideas like Ellon Musk's Tesla. what was the story of diversity inherent in it.


the CIA angle would have done it , but he gave only one example and it was at the end.


he also didn't talk about neither did he dissociate his ideas from extreme radical far left groups. the elephant in the room question, "how do you sustain stellar performance and achieve bottom line without hiring the best but focusing on diversity",wasn't explained.


how to help companies recruit diverse groups yet intelligent people wasn't dealt with.


overall, this book is a compendium of rearticulation of issues wrong with non-diversity

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  • Olly Buxton
  • 21-09-2019

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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  • David
  • 11-12-2019

I want my directors to read this book

I started out being a bit wary of this book; mainly because I wasn't enamoured with the narrator's voice. (something about the pronunciation of "diversiddy" really irritated me).
Once I'd managed to get past that, and concentrate on the actual message, I was very impressed. I think I probably consume about ten of these pop science / cultural thinking books in an average year, and this one has gone straight into the small handful of titles that I think everyone 'should' read.
I work in a mostly white male industry, and for a while we've been taking about attracting a more diverse management and workforce. It seems fairly obvious to me now that we should also be looking for managers from completely different industries.
A lucid and thought provoking book that had me taking down notes for ideas to apply in the real world. Well worth the time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2019

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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  • Jabster
  • 15-03-2020

Well Worth the credit

Well narrated and organised giving a fascinating insight into decision making. I
The different scenarios and they’re explanations were well thought out and insightful. If only managers/owners of smaller medium enterprises and businesses could adopt these strategies the UK would be in a much better position. Our indifference to diversity leave us far behind the rest of the world in entrepreneurship and innovation.

A solid audio book that is easy to listen to and comprehend. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 Overall was that it didn’t give an examples from diversity forms non western civilisation perspective which would have made this book truly diverse?

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  • Tina
  • 12-07-2020

Diversity not just a notion

really enjoyed listening to Matthew Syed share his observations and research on not only the science of diversity but also his participation in diverse thinking. A great book to challenge your thinking on what diversity is and have you gone far enough. There is enormous value in doing so...Reading this book is a step in the right direction.

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  • Sarah Sanchez
  • 26-06-2020

another great Matthew Syed read

I enjoy the insights that Matthew provides in this book. highlighting the importance of diversity, collaboration and how we interact with people when aiming to solve complex issues but also to generate rebel ideas 👏

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  • 匿名
  • 20-06-2020

refreshing

a very interesting and unique perspective in viewing the power of diversity that allows the reader to gain a more varied insight on its importance

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  • Terry clark
  • 20-06-2020

Another great book

Another great book by Matthew, will have to listen again to take it all in. But and there is a but, I can't help thinking that I have read some of these ideas before, from other books Matthew has written. Still well worth a listen though.

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  • DMV
  • 14-06-2020

Rebel Ideas - Excellent!

Fantastic book and eerily relevant for our current global predicament and the existential challenges that we face.

Syed’s writing has always sought to find balance between storytelling, rigorous research and poignant case study plus real-world empirical examples and applications.

This book sees that ambition refined to a yet further degree with a wonderful collection of seminal moments designed to elevate the readers considerations to both evolutionary, economic and environmental progress through the Science of Diversity.

An excellent read and highly recommended for those who wish to understand the path to continued human achievement through divergent thinking and recombinant solutions.

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  • Nicole Coleman
  • 26-05-2020

I had to listen hard...

A thought provoking book which was well worth a listen to and certainly makes you think about the true meaning of diversity! I found on numerous occasions having to rewind a little as I may have got distracted and missed some detail, but great stories/examples to bring to life the contents. I'm now going order the book too so I can dip back in and out of for work.