Extended Audio Sample

Download A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder (Unabridged), by Eric Abrahamson
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Abrahamson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BKOT_000825

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/15/2014

    " If you are messy and disorganized, this book will make you feel justified in your piles and clutter. If you're organized, the cover is a soothing Real-Simple shade of blue. This book has something for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/13/2014

    " This book was written by a Columbia professor I'll have for my Organizational Behavior class. It explores the idea that being clean can be costly because of the time you spend cleaning, filing things in the wrong place, not being inspired by other ideas from other piles of stuff, etc. It's anecdotal (and not terribly scientific in its claims) but a fun read, and recommended. (full disclaimer: I'm a messy person myself, and this book is a lovely justification of my habits....) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely interesting and great examples. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mahala Helf | 2/12/2014

    " This book has footnotes for newspaper profiles (obvious sources for extended profiles) but no tips on how to find "a promising study" that was used to prove a dubious assertion. Overgeneralization abounds. This book reads like a series of magazine articles. I wanted to love it... "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Eric Abrahamson is professor of management at Columbia Business School. He is internationally recognized for his research on managing change and on management fads and fashions.