Matthew Syed

Journalist & Author

Why Matthew?

Revolutionising the way businesses examine failure in order to maximise growth, Matthew will be joining the LA2019 line-up to talk through the concept of Black Box Thinking and how to drive success through identifying where you might be going wrong.

Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change.

Through his work, Matthew explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. He draws on a vast array of case studies and real-world examples across sport, business, education and politics. Matthew looks at the inside story of how success really happens – and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

Matthew has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. Here is a link to a video of Matthew speaking about Growth Mindset: Matthew Syed Mindset.

His cutting-edge thought leadership programme and digital learning tools are becoming a catalyst for real and lasting change within business and the public sector. Matthew also works very closely with schools and educational bodies to help improve mindsets in teachers, education leaders and young people. With the help of his dedicated team of motivating speakers, his highly successful education programme brings growth mindset keynotes and workshops to students and staff across the UK and internationally. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, all organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation, agility and resilience

In his previous career, Matthew was the former England table tennis number one for almost a decade. Nowadays Matthew is a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times, a highly-acclaimed speaker, and a regular contributor to radio and television. Matthew is also a member and co-founder of the Greenshaw Learning Trust and Greenhouse Sports, as well as an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation. He is the author of five bestselling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, The Greatest and his acclaimed children’s books, You Are Awesome and The You Are Awesome Journal.
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