September 27, 2006,
News & Opinion
As someone whos long believed that David Allen represents this generations
Stephen Covey/Dale Carnegie/(name-your-favorite-business-coach), it came as
little surprise to me that two of the most promising forthcoming business
titles have passages about his influence.
A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder, which is somewhat of a
cross between Blink and Getting Things Done (with a touch of Im
Dysfunctional, Youre Dysfunctional thrown in), makes a provocative argument
about the drawbacks of the productivity gurus hyper-popular system. This
book, written by David Freedman (full disclosureI have worked with Dave and
confess to calling him a friend) and Eric Abrahamson, is my favorite of all
the galleys in my office.