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Advance Praise for In Pursuit of Elegance
“In Pursuit of Elegance is a fascinating intellectual romp that will change the way you look at your surroundings. As he takes readers from Jackson Pollock paintings to Dutch intersections to the secret menu at In-N-Out Burger, Matt May reveals the hidden elements beneath genuine innovation. This book is surprising, compelling, and, yes, extremely elegant.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
“As elegantly written as it is provocative, In Pursuit of Elegance makes a convincing—nay, worldview-shifting—argument that less is best.”
—Ori Brafman, coauthor of Sway
“Enlightening. Makes a compelling case for doing more with less by optimizing the expenditure of one’s assets and resources. That’s something anyone can and should put into practice.”
—Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research, Inc., Toyota Design Network
“What a masterpiece! The definitive guide to the ‘less is more’ mind-set. I meant to only take a quick glance at In Pursuit of Elegance, but once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. In a world where everything keeps getting more complicated and overwhelming, Matthew May shows us that if we start looking for things to take out, things to stop doing, and intelligent shortcuts, we will all be happier, do superior work, and live in a better world.”
—Robert I. Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule
From the Hardcover edition.
MATTHEW E. MAY is the author of the critically acclaimed The Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, and is currently Senior Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business. He spent nearly a decade as a close adviser to Toyota, and his articles have appeared in national publications such as USA Today, Strategy+Business, and Quality Progress. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he lives in Southern California.See all Editorial Reviews
I get the author's point, less is more. Understated is elegant. I just wish he had taken his own advice.Published 18 months ago by LC
Love this book. So much information. Had to get the audio book to listen to it again. Package and cds were in perfect condition.Published 18 months ago by smailholm
This book was a required textbook for a grad school class. From what I recall, the information and flow was good, but I haven't used this since the class.Published on July 22, 2013 by JJ
Deliciously provocative and written with wit and charm. Truly a refreshing book for those seeking the "elegant side" of life in general.Published on July 17, 2013 by Foodyni
In pursuit of elegance is sort-of a follow-up on "The Elegant Solution" by the same author in which the author tries to discover what elegance is. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Bas Vodde
If you want an elegant review of this book, just read my review title.
If you need to hear more, the book is inelegant because the author talks about many interesting... Read more
Overall the book is good and the author uses several good examples where simplier is better. My only complaint is that the author often goes over the same point several times and... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Brenda H.
With beautifully told anecdotes and easy-to-understand explanations, Matthew May sums up nicely what successful ideas all have in common: elegance. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Tanner Christensen