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When was the last time you experienced a sense of failure? Did you brush it off, or allow it to knock you down? Or did you use it as an opportunity to learn and grow? 

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. 

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 cliché, 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. 

©2015 Matthew Syed (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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will change the way you look at failure

this book was recommended by founder of Spotify and I'm glad I had a chance to have read it, it is an eye opener and a cautious nudge for anyone that persists on looking at failures as roadblocks rather than an opportunity to be steered towards growth.

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A must read standard for Continuous Improvement

Embrace outcomes, measure, learn, repeat and do not be afraid of failure, be suspect of early success.

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  • ardyn
  • 2016-01-13

Great book, so-so audio performance

I absolutely loved the book. It's interesting, applicable, and very well written. The only downside was that the narrator was breathy and made so many mouth noises. It was incredibly distracting.

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  • Steve
  • 2019-05-09

Everyone should be taught Black Box Thinking

This has changed my thinking towards tackling any situation or problem. Students of all ages will benefit from studying this material.
Leaders should strive to develop organisational culture with this principle as one of the foundational layers.

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  • Michael
  • 2018-03-25

Learning from mistakes. A must read for Everyone!!

This is a must read for everyone.. Except a small randomised control group 😂

Seriously, this is the best book about learning from failures.
it starts off talking about how the Aviation industry is based around learning from their failures, from crashes and near misses. Hence they have the Black Box for recording what happened in the lead up to a crash. But the culture of the Healthcare system is almost the exact opposite, they try not to investigate problems and learn from mistakes and deaths. Instead being worried about blame being attributed.

This book explains and extols the virtues of applying the scientific method to social concerns.
All geisters, social entrepreneurs, organisers, managers, staff, students, parents and you should read this and ensure that you create and utilise feedback loops in your organisations and life.

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  • Valentin
  • 2021-06-20

Impressive research with Amazon storytelling

Impressive research with Amazon storytelling

I loved the way all the insights were accompanied with suspenseful stories and that the book provided evidence-based about how to analyze and move on in your own life / business life.

A must read for anyone that believes critical thinking is a must-have tool in one's life.

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  • tomasvita
  • 2021-01-16

Repetitive and redundant

At least 6hs of the book could be cut. It only one concept with 10000000000 examples repeating that concept.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-06

Very inspirational

This book really made me change the way I look at failure and made me feel more comfortable with it. Many of the concepts may be somewhat knows if you’ve studied business or so, but it’s brought in a very compelling way.

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  • Mervin Pearce
  • 2020-09-20

Apt and to the point.

Resonates fully in what we experience in life, work, and relationships. A very good read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-07

Worth reading

The book starts in an intriguing way and then develops a bit slowly, initially leaving you wonder where it will go. It then goes on to explain key human thought processes and behaviours (mainly around failure and how to learn from it) with quick introductions to theory and many practical examples, use cases. Worth reading.

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  • Louis Shaffer
  • 2020-06-29

Should be taught in all graduate studies

This is the kind of book all organizations could benefit from. It should be taught as a course for any advanced degree, and many undergraduate professional studies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-20

implementation

How to implement such cultural change and sharing system in large corporations in practice?

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  • 2019-08-07

Pas du tout ce que j'attendais

Analyser les erreurs pour mieux s'améliorer certes , mais il y a des façons de faire plus habiles. pas du tout aimé, je l'ai parcouru en espérant tomber sur des parties plus intéressantes mais en vain. J'aurais dû demander le remboursement..