A Perfect Mess (book review)
I enjoyed this messy assessment of mess versus order. Like so many books like this, it doesn’t offer revelation so much as affirmation through aphorism, with plenty of examples and interviews to back these up.
The book aims to demonstrate that the costs of getting and staying organized can exceed the benefits, mostly through the ongoing efforts required to maintain order, while also outlining the potential benefits of some level of mess. While not advocating complete chaos, the authors do advocate allowing some mess to add character and sense to one's world. The book includes lengthy interviews and case studies, which both reinforce the lessons and take away from the flow of the book, making it much longer than it needs to be (while maybe they didn’t need a professional organizer, a better editor was likely called for here).
A colleague asked me to write about a recent article in the National Post, on the topic of research integrity and the responsible conduct of research. Not being a researcher or a doctor, my opinions and experience are limited to the field in which I work – academic research in various -omics, dipping a toe into translational research in healthcare – and my role therein, as project manager. That role has allowed me to interact with researchers in many areas, as well as with many professors, doctors, institutions, funders, students, contractors and other managers and administrators. And so, what do I think about researchers caught out like the ones profiled above?
Who is Robyn?
My career as a research project manager is rewarding, dynamic, challenging, and fun. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience in communication, organization, and common sense approaches in research management and leadership, and to enabling others to learn and grow in this exciting career.