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Rebel Ideas - Matthew Syed

I was reading this book on the tube earlier this week when a man came up to me and asked me if this was a book worth buying as he had considered reading it. I was bit taken aback as it was the first time a stranger has approached me on the tube but I thought it was a fabulous thing for him to do. We got in a brief discussion in the two stops that I had remaining on the line about the novel and this is what I told him: This book was surpassing all my expectations. I was conscious it might be a pretty boring or amdata driven book that was full of theories without much original thought. However, I was pleasantly suprised to find this book was incredibly easy to read, be engaged with and had many pages which I have saved to show other people.

The book opens by looking at the 9/11 disaster and how crucial signs were missed by the CIA which could have easily been avoided if there was more diversity in the company. While this appears to be a huge claim to make, taking a deeper look into the intracacies of examples a bigger picture is drawn on the importance of variety in organisations.

We are taken on a journey on the importance of exploring our collective potential - how one brain is not enough to create brilliance and innovation.

I have recommended this to my work's Women's network group as well as our Diversity network - there were so many messages in this which highlights the important of visibility from the bottom rather than the top. The frequency and often innovation of being an immigrant, an outsider or even just the lowest ranked member of a team. It gives light to the importance of not absorbing ideas from above but instead allowing grass root thought to maximise their thought potential.

I would and have already been recommending this to everyone. The message in these pages are not just relevant to the importance of diversity and visibility at work, but in all group scenarios and even to individual ones. Next time you are stuck on a problem , reach out to someone - two heads after all are better than one at solving a problem.


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