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  1. Paul Fulcher Paul Fulcher says:

    But often we are so seduced by the blandishments of tidiness that we fail to appreciate the virtues of the messy the untidy unuantified uncoordinated improvised imperfect incoherent crude cluttered random ambiguous vague difficultm diverse or even dirty The scripted speech misreads the energy of the room; the careful commander is disorientated by a impetuous opponent; the writer is serendipitously inspired by a random distraction; the uantified targets create perverse incentives; the workers in the tidy office feel helpless and demotivated; a disruptive outsider aggravates the team but brings a fresh new insight The worker with the messy inbox ultimately gets done; we find a soulmate when we ignore the website uestionanaires; the kids running loose in the wasteland not only have fun and learn skills but also counter intuitively have fewer accidentsTim Harford the FT's Undercover Economist has written this book to in his own words explain that the human ualities we value – creativity responsiveness resilience – are integral to the disorder confusion and disarray that produce themIt is certainly an interesting and thought provoking readBusiness books of this type usually rely ona anecdotesb references to scientific research done elsewherec handily summarised learning pointsa and b are certainly every bit as omnipresent as one would expect but perhaps reflecting the ethos of the book itself there is no tidy summary c The key learning points are often buried away in the anecdotes and hence context specific and for better and for worse this isn't one of those business books where reading an executive summary or a well written review largely removes the need to read the book itselfThe anecdotal information also dominates over the scientific evidence and I found my level of interest was than usually dependent on whether the subjects were ones that grabbed my attention and which I even regarded as examples to which to aspireBeing told that if only authors embraced the Messy mantra they could all write novels as well as Michael Crichton hardly leaves me inspired and Harford seems bizarrely obsessed with the music of Brian Eno But I could identify when Hartford points out that while British cyclings success nowadays may be built on marginal gains in the 1990s Graham Obree was able to achieve such significant one off gains with radical changes that many of his innovations eg the Superman riding position were actually banned Or when the book focus on the famous mathematician Paul Erdos and his role as a creative but disruptive catalyst for collaborative research see The Man Who Loved Only Numbers The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth But given I read this book in November 2016 by far the most pertinent references were to the new President elect Donald TrumpHartford praises his tactics in his insurgent campaign for the nomination comparing his use of disorientation tactics to the business strategy of Jeff Bezos and the military tactics of Rommel and contrasting this with the predictable approach of Jeb Bush and particularly Mario Rubiobot Rubio But and likely relevant for the next 4 years Messy correctly extols the virtues of immigration pointing as well as anecdotal information to scientific papers such as uote Even at the same level of education problem solving creativity and adaptability may differ between native and foreign born workers so that reciprocal learning may take place And the filter bubbles caused by the echo chamber of social media are the very antithesis of Harford's preferred messy world and explain both why events like Brexit occured and also why they were such a shock to those on the other sideAnd one big disappointment as another reviewer observed the role models presented are overwhelmingly maleOverall a good and thought provoking read but not one I came away from with any specific life changing ideas

  2. Christine Zibas Christine Zibas says:

    We've seen again and again that real creativity excitement and humanity lie in the messy parts of life not the tidy onesIf you've ever wondered where people with empty desks keep all their work you're not alone Having worked for years and years in the publishing business with attendant reams of manuscript paper everywhere I was always stupified by people with not a paper in sight on their clean desks Did they do any work? Did they spend all their time filing?Maybe the fault lay with my inability or unwillingness to adopt a system that allowed me to have such a neat workspace After all I had things to do Despite having read than one book on how to organize your life every year I seem to add being tidier to my New Year's resolutionsAfter reading Messy The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives I felt relief There seemed to be a method behind this madness after all In fact the opposite automation can be downright deadly see the case of Air France flight 447 or even recent examples of GPS systems leading drivers down dangerous snow filled mountain roads in winter What the book really points up is that humans can function under chaos much so than one would expect Our inherent judgment capabilities mean that we can deal with mess and sometimes even thrive Indeed chaos often leads to cutting edge creative solutions Examples cited in the book range from jazz musicians to children's playgrounds to thriving businesses like While operating in a state of messiness can often be uncomfortable it can also be extremely productive as Author Tim Harford illustrates This book is the un road map to doing things the same old efficient way For anyone interested in the creative process or entrepreneurship there's a lot of food for thought here I loved this book and hope you will too

  3. Elena Elena says:

    MessyI read this book in traditional paper format and had to take numerous iPhone pictures of its pages to store in my Evernote notebook for references Chapters on automation and especially on antibioticsbacteria were very informativeinteresting to me Treating brain cancer with poop? Certainly a messy concept I am sure the project for this book was fun for the author The book offered me numerous opportunities for surprise and reflection It was liberating I liked itA uote If you try to control a complex system suppressing or tiding away the parts that seem unimportant you are likely to discover that what seemed unimportant turns out to be very important indeed

  4. Annie Annie says:

    The title gives a false impression that messiness by itself can spark creativity original thinking and innovative solutions Many of the examples in the book are of people who are already intelligent hardworking and successful But by disregarding tidy rigid systems or exploring other areas than the problem at hand these people are able to achieve incredible breakthroughs Each chapter focuses on a lesson constraints of a tidy system or benefits of unstructured thinking and provides several examples It is interesting from beginning to end There are stories that make you think Am I stuck in a rut like this?

  5. Adam Adam says:

    Must read for the simple but mind boggling counter intuitive stories Fav part was paradox of automation

  6. Liesl Shurtliff Liesl Shurtliff says:

    This is basically the antithesis of Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and made me feel much better about my messy ways

  7. Trung Nguyen Dang Trung Nguyen Dang says:

    What a messy book or idea The author conveniently lumps everything under the sun to his messy idea including freedom autonomy The author keeps telling stories not proper research to illustrateprove his idea His ideas are also big exaggerations Basically the author has a messy lense and starts looking everywhere to see how the lense apply It's the big the man with a hammer syndrome everything starts looking like a nail It's written by a FT journalistwriter with no original research I did not realise that he was the author for The Undercover Economist which I did not like much either It may be a fun read for some but there is not much to learn in this book

  8. Jaclyn Day Jaclyn Day says:

    I appreciate and even agree with the message of this book but it suffers from the over bloated blog post syndrome so typical of similar books Unlike similar books though I found the examples and anecdotes clever They added to the text rather than distracted

  9. David Sasaki David Sasaki says:

    Upon first read Messy seems to be the counter argument to Atul Gawande's Checklist Manifesto Whereas Gawande argues that we can’t trust our judgement during times of stress and would benefit from checklists to help us remember Harford argues that we are our own worst enemies when we simply follow neatly planned checklists and would benefit from inserting ourselves into situations of stress and unpredictability I think both writers are correct and the books are ultimately complementaryBoth Gawande and Harford turn to air travel for anecdotes to buffer their arguments Gawande recounts the the so called Miracle on the Hudson “ that safely brought down US Airways Flight 1549 after it was struck by two flocks of migrating Canadian Geese He argues that the safety of that particular flight and the impressive improvements in aviation safety generally stem from the use of checklists to ensure that pilots don’t overlook anything — especially during times of stress For Harford however automation is the enemy He turns to the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 to show how autopilot can create incompetent pilots — and it’s not hard to extrapolate from commercial aviation to say navigating our own neighborhoods without the assistance of Google Maps It may seem that Gawande’s and Harford’s arguments are oppositional — one in favor of step by step automation the other against it — but really they’re both asking for greater attentiveness from us For Gawande a checklist is a way to remind us to pay attention to what we may otherwise forget For Harford we must develop our own intuition and skills over time in order to react to life’s challenges and opportunities with competence Gawande celebrates thoroughness; Harford praises improvisationI read this book for one of our uarterly “learning weeks” at my work when a bunch of busy travelers all commit to staying in town one week to learn from a guest speaker and each other For this past learning week our “guest speaker” was Harford’s TED Talk based on this book It begins with a fascinating story behind the creation of my favorite album of a live concert Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert The book is a uilt work of such anecdotes of individuals like Jarrett — creative geniuses that are thrown into messy unpredictable situations and thrive as a result Martin Luther King becomes a powerful orator once he lets go of his carefully prepared notes and embraces improvisation Jeff Bezos Erwin Rommel and Donald Trump all outmaneuvered their competitors by improvising so uickly and unpredictability that their opponents couldn’t react in time Paul Erdős the most prolific mathematician of the 20th century was constantly pushing the frontline of theory while throwing himself into constant messiness and unpredictability Brian Eno produced many of the most celebrated albums of the last 50 years by forcing bands to break away from all the musical habits they had developed together And Benjamin Franklin was too busy drafting the Declaration of Independence and inventing bi focals to ever master his aspiration to become neat and organizedMaybe you’ve noticed something about the subjects of all of Harford’s anecdotes? They’re all men And in fact with the exceptions of MLK and Franklin they’re all notoriously ill tempered and narcissistic men During our 21st century moment of constant collaboration in minimalistic co working spaces designed to look like Apple Stores Harford reclaims the reputation and mystiue of the individualistic unpredictable genius surrounded of piles of paper while ordering armies of underlings around It’s partly why the world can’t stop paying attention to Donald Trump — the combination of his power and unpredictability is captivating But these types bring no shortage of challenges They tend to be terrible managers constantly shifting from one goal to the next without a coherent vision and clearly laid path that a team can get behind And they don’t spend much time thinking about the needs and ambitions of others Colleagues and teammates are mere means to achieve their goals which are constantly changing Good management inclusive participation and democracy itself all depend on planning and preparationStill I concede Harford’s argument that the dominant work culture has probably tipped too far on the side of neat planning and tidiness and I appreciate his suggestions for how to invite a little chaos into our perfectly planned lives and workplaces Most tasks he argues reuire a combination of “flashes of inspiration to identify the right approach and long effort characterized by selfless teamwork to put it into practice” They reuire a “willingness to allow a degree of messiness into a tidy team” We can minimize groupthink by inviting detractors to challenge and collaborate with usUltimately Messy is a call to stay awake and attentive in a time of increasing automation and passivity Following a checklist is one way to pay attention to what we often gloss over So too is throwing ourselves into an unfamiliar situation to liven our senses and force improvisation As far as the future of flying goes however it seems inevitable that pilotless planes aren’t far behind driverless cars

  10. Chel Chel says:

    My five star rating is based on how much enjoyment I got from reading this book and how thought provoking it was The author's point is an ambitiously broad one sometimes messiness is helpful than tidiness in promoting productivity creativity and human satisfaction; in some situations messiness is stable than tidiness and even efficient; sometimes tidiness is counterproductive OK how do you make such a case in the abstract? With many many examples from a wide selection of human experiences ranging from health care to airplane controls to city planning to filing systems to forestry An anecdotally supported argument and all the cases here are anecdotal even when they are based on the findings of good research can't ever prove a point but the author offers so many examples and such a wide range of them that it is enough to win my sympathy to his opinion that we live in a world that overvalues tidiness that fails to distinguish between the times when tidiness is a good thing and the times when it is the reverse This title overlaps a similar earlier book A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman even using many of the same examples

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Messy [Ebook] ➣ Messy Author Tim Harford – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 'Ranging expertly across business politics and the arts Tim Harford makes a compelling case for the creative benefits of disorganization improvisation and confusion His liberating message you'll be su 'Ranging expertly across business politics and the arts Tim Harford makes a compelling case for the creative benefits of disorganization improvisation and confusion His liberating message you'll be successful if you stop struggling so hard to plan or control your success Messy is a deeply researched endlessly eye opening adventure in the life changing magic of not tidying up' Oliver BurkemanThe 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 awayWe 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 uest for love to the soulless algorithms of dating websites Order is imposed when chaos would be productive Or if not chaos then messinessThe trouble with tidiness is that in excess it becomes rigid fragile and sterile In Messy Tim Harford reveals how ualities we value 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.