Matthew Syed
Matthew Syed
Writer, Broadcaster and Thought Leader

Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers and speakers in the field of high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. 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. Matthew is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, he was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

In his bold and inspiring new book (September 2019) – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking - Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of 'cognitive diversity'. He uncovers the best-kept secrets of some of the world's most successful teams; brings insights from psychology, anthropology and network theory; and draws upon a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment. A TEDx video of Matthew speaking about growth mindset can be viewed on YouTube.

Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations. Matthew Syed Consulting’s 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 the education sector to help improve mindsets in schools and young people. He is co-founder of the charity Greenhouse Sports as well as an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.