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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: András Tilcsik, Chris Clearfield Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 20, 2018 ISBN: 9780525530091
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Examining disasters from the Fukushima nuclear crisis to the 2008 financial collapse, this lively, original book reveals the common factors that contribute to catastrophes and offers insightful, often surprising solutions for organizations and individuals.

A crash on the Washington, D.C. metro system. A $500-million art heist. An oil rig explosion. A social media PR stunt gone awry.

At first glance, these disasters would seem to have little in common. Yet there are shared elements linking catastrophic failures that dominate headlines on what seems to be a weekly basis. Understanding these factors and how to combat them can help us design safer and more resilient systems, develop more productive teams, and make better decisions at work and at home.

Using studies and original research, Christopher Clearfield and András Tilcsik draw on examples from an array of fields -- from aviation to medicine, from finance to farming -- to explain how complexity creates conditions ripe for failure and how cognitive biases and outdated organizational procedures obscure warning signs. They point out the paradox of progress: As our modern systems have becoming increasingly advanced, they've also become more difficult to manage -- not to mention that complex systems make corruption and misconduct easier to hide.

But Meltdown isn't just about failure; it's about solutions -- how we can manage these factors and avoid disasters. We learn how to create a culture that addresses small problems before they morph into huge ones, why teams with fewer experts might be more successful at managing risk, and why diversity is one of a company's best safeguards against failure. The result is an eye-opening, empowering, and entirely original book -- one that will change the way you see our complex world and your own place in it. Download and start listening now!

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About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.