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Messy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world

Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The urge to tidiness seems to be rooted deep in the human psyche. Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We find comfort in having a script to rely on, a system to follow, in being able to categorise and file away. We all benefit from tidy organisation - up to a point. A large library needs a reference system. Global trade needs the shipping container.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Harford
ISBN: 9781408706756 140870675X
OCLC Number: 960887281
Description: 327 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Creativity --
Collaboration --
Workplaces --
Improvisation --
Winning --
Incentives --
Automation --
Resilience --
Life. Introduction: "It was unplayable" --
Creativity : "You're asking the blood in your brain to flow in another direction" : Bowie, Eno, and Darwin: how frustration and distraction help us solve problems in art, science, and life --
Collaboration : "My brain is open!" : Paul Erdo.s and the robbers cave : why tidy teams have more fun but messy teamwork gets more done --
Workplaces : "Nobody cares what you do in there" : where Steve Jobs went wrong, and why it's nobody else's business whether you tidy your desk --
Improvisation : "You ain't got much time to think, 'cause you in the chair from now on" : Martin Luther King, the help desk, and the unexpected benefits of letting go of the script --
Winning : "What else matters but beating him?" : Bezos, Rommel, Trump: how to use mess as a weapon in business, politics, and war --
Incentives : "You wouldn't need a large army. You'd need a small SWAT team" : the prime minister and the paramedic: the pitfalls of imposing tidy targets on a messy world --
Automation : "But what's happening?" " Flight 447 and the Jennifer Unit: when human messiness protects us from computerized disaster --
Resilience : "Everything had to be neat and orderly. No mess" : broken windows, stomach ulcers, and the dangerous belief that cleanliness is next to godliness --
Life : "Appointments are always a no-no. Planning ahead is a no-no" : Franklin, Schwarzenegger, and the genius who hacked OkCupid : why we should value mess in our inbox, our conversations, and our children's play.
Other Titles: How to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
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The new book from the author of The Undercover Economist shows us how we can lead messier lives - and why we should.  Read more...

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Messy is an intelligent self-help book designed to cultivate greater tolerance for spontaneity, uncertainty, dissonance and diversity. Harford's evidence-based account transcends the cliches endemic Read more...

 
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