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A perfect mess : the hidden benefits of disorder : how crammed closets, cluttered offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place

Author: Eric Abrahamson; David H Freedman; Scott Brick; Books on Tape, Inc.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on ideas of order - and shows how chaos, disorder, and mess make our world a better place! Like Freakonomics, here is a book that combines counterintuitive thinking with stories from everyday life to provide a striking new view of how our world works. Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes systems  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Audiobooks
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Abrahamson; David H Freedman; Scott Brick; Books on Tape, Inc.
ISBN: 9781415936832 1415936838
OCLC Number: 122929365
Notes: Audio file.
Title from image on Web page (viewed Apr. 10, 2007).
Previously released on compact disc, 2007.
Unabridged.
Performer(s): Read by Scott Brick.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Contents: The cost of neatness --
A mess sampler --
The history of mess --
The benefits of mess --
Messy people --
Messy homes --
Mess and organizations --
Messy leadership --
The politics of mess --
Optimizing mess --
Messy thinking --
Pathological mess --
The aesthetics of mess.
Responsibility: Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman.

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A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on ideas of order - and shows how chaos, disorder, and mess make our world a better place! Like Freakonomics, here is a book that combines counterintuitive thinking with stories from everyday life to provide a striking new view of how our world works. Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes 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 anecdotes and case studies of the useful role mess can play, here is an antidote to the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, 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 Abrahamson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones.

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