Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It
Financial Times' best business books of the year, 2018
'Endlessly fascinating, brimming with insight, and more fun than a book about failure has any right to be.' - Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit
What can we learn from our most disastrous failures?
An accidental overdose in a state-of-the-art hospital.
The Starbucks publicity stunt that spectacularly backfired.
The mix-up at the 2017 Oscars ceremony.
As technology rapidly advances, it brings with it an explosion of complexity that can trip us up. Meltdown uses real-life examples to reveal how errors in thinking, perception, and design lie behind both our everyday mistakes and our most terrifying disasters. It reveals how a five-minute exercise can prevent billion-dollar catastrophes, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. This eye-opening book will change the way you see our complex world - and your place within it.
'Essential reading.' - Martin Ford, bestselling author of Rise of the Robots
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