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Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do Hardcover – Illustrated, November 3, 2015
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"Mathew Syed has issued a stirring call to redefine failure. Failure shouldn’t be shameful and stigmatizing, he explains. Instead, he shows that failure can be exciting and enlightening — an essential ingredient in any recipe for success. Full of well-crafted stories and keenly deployed scientific insights, Black Box Thinking will forever change the way you think about screwing up."
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About the Author
- Publisher : Portfolio; Illustrated edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591848229
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591848226
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.1 x 9.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #358,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My key takeaway from reading this book is that Mr. Syed identifies a well-known flaw in humanity to which some critics at first blush might yawn and say “so what, nothing new here” Failure analysis has been around for centuries. Not exactly… this book covers a lot of ground. The Black Box failure analysis model has only been in use for a very limited amount of time in human history, yielding incredible results in aviation safety used for the benefit of all humanity. Yes, individuals throughout history have used versions of failure analysis to solve issues, either for themselves or for small scale issues. But this recent model transcends others in that it truly eliminates the need or benefit of lying, omitting information or tampering with evidence. By doing so, you only perpetuate a problem which could eventually end up costing you your life or the life of your loved ones. I spoke my friend who is a pilot and Lt. Col in the US Air Force about claims in this book and he confirmed the legitimacy and efficacy of the program, stating that US Military standards are slightly different than commercial aviation, but no doubt that you are immune to prosecution and encouraged to fully disclose information, which is solely used to improve safety for not only for the military, but for the greater good of all mankind. In my mind, that is what makes it unique.
If you were to tell a pilot in 1935 that in 2015, more pilgrims would die traveling on foot to Mecca (or being politically correct, Hajj 2015), then 3 billion passengers on commercial airplanes, travelling at 575 mph, taking off and landing in everything from thunderstorms and dense fog to snow, ice and gale force winds, sometimes even banking between skyscrapers on approach, they would have looked at you as though you were insane and told you to seek immediate psychological help. But those are the facts, made possible by human beings working together using this system and for the greater good of all.
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I gave my daughter a long speech after reading this book as I feel its also good for resilience and not being afraid of making mistakes but embrace what you could learn from it.
Recommend this book to any and everyone!
There is much in here that businesses and government should learn from. Also applicable in many ways to personal endeavours
Well written and researched, interesting, compelling. One of my 2 Best non fiction books of the last 18 months.