Matthew Philip Syed is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. Syed hosts a BBC Radio 5 Live podcast called Flintoff, Savage & The Ping Pong Guy.
This week, Will is joined by former British number 1 table tennis player and now award winning journalist and author, Matthew Syed. They discuss the mental side of sport on and off the pitch. Warning: long words and technical theories are in abundance! In the USA Rupert Cox keeps things simple with Alex Corbisiero & Brian Hightower to discuss all things Rugby World Cup.
Why diversity is crucial to success in any organisation, with top author, broadcaster and former world class table tennis player Matthew Syed. Matthew is not talking about arbitrary diversity in this episode of DTMTS, but is explaining why a diversity of background, outlook and experience is vital. He explains how the FA embraced diversity off the pitch, which contributed to success on it, and how the tragedy of 9/11 could have been avoided had the CIA been less collectively blind because of a lack of cultural diversity. It's to do with 'homophily', which is our tendency to bond with people who are socially similar. And if you've ever thought that meetings at work are 'catastrophically inefficient', this episode will prove you correct. That's because of what are known as 'dominance hierarchies', which leads to people 'self-silencing' and has even led to plane crashes. Matthew and Simon also talk about echo chambers, which are being increasingly prevalent on social media, and what can be done about them, using the redemptive tale of the once 'great white hope' of the Klu Klux Klan as an example.
The former Commonwealth gold medallist talks to Nihal Arthanayake about the power of ‘cognitive diversity’.
My guest this week is Matthew Syed. Matthew was formerly the British table tennis number one and is now a journalist the best selling author of books such as "Bounce" and "Black Box Thinking". Matthew's new book, "Rebel Ideas" has just been published. In the book, he explores a topic that we've looked at a few times on the show, the importance of diverse thinking in teams and organisations. In the interview, we discuss: • When and why diversity matters and how it contributes to success • Diversity of background, perspective and thinking • Rebel ideas that challenge, cross pollenate, diverge and augment. • An example of the CIA being individually perceptive but collectively blind • The danger of assimilation to the dominant assumptions of a business. Matthew also shares his advice for recruiters and suggest ways we can all have more rebel ideas Subscribe to this podcast in Apple Podcasts
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Nov 2nd, 1970
Location
London, UK
Episode Count
17
Podcast Count
13
Total Airtime
11 hours, 15 minutes