A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson
The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and on-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place

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Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder-or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. No longer!With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess,A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, coauthors Abrahmson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones.Applying this idea on scales both large (government, society) and small (desktops, garages), A Perfect Mess uncovers all the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system. Whether it's your company's management plan or your hallway closet that bedevils you, this book will show you why to say yes to mess.
 

About Eric Abrahamson

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Eric Abrahamson is the youngest ever full professor of management at Columbia University's School of Business.David H. Freedman is a business and science journalist who writes for the Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek and Wired. David H. Freedman is a business and science journalist who writes for the Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek and Wired.
 
Published January 3, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 337 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The premise of this pop business book should generate reader goodwill—who won't appreciate being told that her messy desk is "perfect"? But despite their convincing defense of slo

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The premise of this pop business book should generate reader goodwill—who won't appreciate being told that her messy desk is "perfect"? But despite their convincing defense of slo

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This is an intriguing book to read and will give the reader an exercise of the mind to see if they agree or disagree with the authors.

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