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Über-organized? There’s a downside

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When you think of a well-oiled, smooth-running office, organization and a strict adherence to procedures come to mind.

Such traits give the workplace stability, a sense of direction and a rudder.

But according to Sue Shellenbarger, writing in The Wall Street Journal, an uncompromising rigidity in organization creates a double-edged sword.

Pros:

  • Efficiency
  • Organization
  • Respect for deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Discipline
  • Anticipation of risks

Cons:

  • Lack of creativity
  • Loss of spontaneity
  • Discomfort with novelty
  • Lack of openness to ideas
  • Conformity
  • Too much caution

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