Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking [Book Review]

Success isn’t about talent or knowledge. Success is about freeing ourselves from blind spots and harnessing cognitive diversity

This is the approach laid out in the book Rebel Ideas, we’re going to talk about it in a way that is going to challenge everything you think you know about the book

Get your pen and paper ready because I’m reviewing a book that takes a fascinating look at Cognitive Diversity

The book we discussed was Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed.  Matthew Syed is an author, columnist and podcast host. He’s also the cofounder of Greenhouse, a charity that empowers youngsters through sport.

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • How Cognitive Diversity leads to better outcomes in groups and teams
  • How Diversity and Excellence are not mutually exclusive
  • Why Diversity is a necessary issue to address.and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

We should make changes to the way we manage our teams if we perform complex tasks

“This means taking into account how we manage ourselves on a practical basis. For example, brainstorming is a way that we generate ideas in teams to address a problem, but the book argues that this isn’t always efficient.”

We should move beyond generic standards as benchmarks

The book made the point that Standardising the way people, work or learn squashes diversity”

We should think critically about Diversity

“A lot of time was spent here, critiquing the book, the author and the issues with the limited way that diversity was presented and if it was useful or appropriate. It reminded me why these conversations are important. The book itself was presenting an alternative perspective on the diversity conversation and that shouldn’t be dismissed.”

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Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking 

Matthew Syed

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