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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 [electronic resource] / Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman.

Abrahamson, Eric, 1958- (Author). Freedman, David H., 1954- (Added Author). hoopla digital. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781594836169 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1594836167 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (180 min.)) : digital.
  • Edition: Abridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Audio : 2007.

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Restrictions on Access Note: Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by David H. Freedman.
Summary, etc.: Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. Yet most people still shun disorder or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. 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 career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abrahamson 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 the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system.
System Details Note: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Orderliness.
Conduct of life.
Organizational effectiveness.
Talking books > Success.
Talking books > Conduct of life.
Talking books > Orderliness.
Compact disc.

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