JournalismPakistan.com December 7, 2013
Just like humble people hide great conceits, people with clean and empty desks conceal tangible fears. About themselves, their insecurities and inadequacies and the constant threat of being found out.
If you look back at your own lives, even in school, the neat guy got all the praise but where did he end up? Work gets done by the less fastidious largely because they are not bothered about putting pens in height order and laying out papers in files and all that folderol. They just want to get on with the job. It is not that being messy is the sign of genius (actually, it is not) but having a functional, reasonably dynamic state on the desk is an indicator of action.
Clean desks do not mean efficiency, that’s for sure. You are not getting rid of your work, you are ducking beneath the spit and polish.
Organized confusion, orderliness in disorder, method in the madness, that’s your winner.
Go check your own office, the clean deskers may be in positions of authority but they are the ones holding everything back.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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