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The Resource Messy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world, Tim Harford

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

Label
Messy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
Title
Messy
Title remainder
how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
Statement of responsibility
Tim Harford
Title variation
How to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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. Scientific collaboration needs measurement units. But the forces of tidiness have marched too far. Corporate middle managers and government bureaucrats have long tended to insist that everything must have a label, a number and a logical place in a logical system. Now that they are armed with computers and serial numbers, there is little to hold this tidy-mindedness in check. It's even spilling into our personal lives, as we corral our children into sanitised play areas or entrust our quest for love to the soulless algorithms of dating websites. Order is imposed when chaos would be more productive. Or if not chaos, then . . . messiness. The trouble with tidiness is that, in excess, it becomes rigid, fragile and sterile. In MESSY, Tim Harford reveals how qualities we value more than ever - responsiveness, resilience and creativity - simply cannot be disentangled from the messy soil that produces them. This, then, is a book about the benefits of being messy: messy in our private lives; messy in the office, with piles of paper on the desk and unread spreadsheets; messy in the recording studio, the laboratory or in preparing for an important presentation; and messy in our approach to business, politics and economics, leaving things vague, diverse and uncomfortably made-up-on-the-spot. It's time to rediscover the benefits of a little mess
Cataloging source
NJB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harford, Tim
Dewey number
153.35
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Creative ability
  • Resilience (Personality trait)
  • Orderliness
Target audience
adult
Label
Messy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world, Tim Harford
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 Erdos 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 computerised 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
Control code
000058554324
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781408706756
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2016026363
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)960887281
Label
Messy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world, Tim Harford
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 Erdos 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 computerised 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
Control code
000058554324
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781408706756
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2016026363
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)960887281

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