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Messy: the power of disorder to transform our lives

By: Harford, Tim.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York Riverhead Books 2016Description: 294 p.ISBN: 9781594634796.Subject(s): Creative ability | Resilience | Personality trait | Orderliness | Psychological aspectsDDC classification: 658 Summary: “Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be creative and resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world.” —Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take “Engrossing.” —New York Times From the award-winning columnist and author of the national bestseller The Undercover Economist comes a provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond. Look out for Tim’s next book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them. From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King, Jr., from the board room to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other – in short, how we succeed. In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness – in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children’s play – can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation. Stimulating and readable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives. http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318901/messy-by-tim-harford/9781594634796
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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: "It was unplayable"

2. 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

3. Collaboration : "My brain is open!" : Paul Erdo..s and the robbers cave : why tidy teams have more fun but messy teamwork gets more done

4. 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

5. 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

6. Winning : "What else matters but beating him?" : Bezos, Rommel, Trump: how to use mess as a weapon in business, politics, and war

7. 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

8. Automation : "But what's happening?" " Flight 447 and the Jennifer Unit: when human messiness protects us from computerized disaster

9. Resilience : "Everything had to be neat and orderly. No mess" : broken windows, stomach ulcers, and the dangerous belief that cleanliness is next to godliness

10. 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.

“Utterly fascinating. Tim Harford shows that if you want to be creative and resilient, you need a little more disorder in your world.” —Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take “Engrossing.” —New York Times From the award-winning columnist and author of the national bestseller The Undercover Economist comes a provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.

Look out for Tim’s next book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them. From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King, Jr., from the board room to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other – in short, how we succeed. In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness – in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children’s play – can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation. Stimulating and readable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives.

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318901/messy-by-tim-harford/9781594634796

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