What is the right organisational mindset for growth… And do you have it?

Today’s leaders preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities

October 29, 2019 10:00 am GMT

Dell Executive: Adrian McDonald, President, EMEA, Dell Technologies

Speaker: Matthew Syed, Author, Keynote speaker, Founder Matthew Syed Consulting

We lead in interesting times. The good news? This is the digital age. Everything is possible, everything is changing, and change is accelerating. The bad news? This is the digital age. Everything is possible, everything is changing, and change is accelerating…

Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution, where business evolutions that took 50 years are happening in five; what took months can take days.

As every company is becoming a software company, as products are transforming into services, with data informing every decision, what differentiates the disrupted from the disruptor? What skills define 21st Century success?

The answers are digital leadership and organisational performance. How can you implement a cross-functional challenger mindset and sustain a culture dedicated to growth and embracing of change?

Join Adrian McDonald, President and Winologist-in-residence at Dell Technologies EMEA, Matthew Syed, author, critical thinker and broadcaster, and five other senior executives on this unique virtual roundtable as we take on the tricky questions – change vs. irrelevance? What is holding you back? –  and dive into the science and art of leadership today, a rare skill that enables human progress tomorrow and beyond.

About Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written five bestselling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, You Are Awesome and The You Are Awesome Journal – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, Matthew 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 to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on 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 an active founding member of the charity Greenhouse Sports and an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.

To find out more about Matthew’s work, visit: or contact his team at

What people have said about Matthew’s work:

Matthew Syed’s Black Box Thinking

“It highlights the need for a growth mindset in life…It advocates for changing attitudes towards failure, and understanding that the only way we learn is by trying things and altering our behaviour based on the results.” Richard Branson, Virgin Group

 Matthew Syed Speaking

Matthew has focused our minds on the importance of re-evaluating our approach to development and progress, which has given us an insight and understanding as to how we can better succeed as a business. His time with us was a genuinely enlightening, entertaining and informative experience – Matthew is thought-provoking, challenging, insightful, fun and relevant to the most and the least experienced team member. The fact that “Black Box Thinking” and Matthew Syed anecdotes have become part of the everyday vocabulary of our team is a testament to the impact he has made.” Andrew Masraf, Pinsent Masons LLP

Matthew Syed’s Thought Leadership Programme

Fantastic, new approaches and techniques to transform our mindset.” Matt Byrom, Siemens, reviewing Matthew’s Thought Leadership Programme

Discussion Points

  • How do you define digital leadership?
  • How do you implement a growth culture and mindset?
  • What role can and does technology play?
  • What is holding you back?
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