We like to tell ourselves that a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind, but a new book reveals that, au contraire, highly successful leaders­ tend to excel at time management and organization. Even worse, these superior specimens “multiply their productivity” by turning distractions to their advantage, somehow getting more work done despite yakky coworkers and bureaucratic snafus.

That’s the verdict of author Stephanie Winston in Organized for Success (Crown Publishing Group), who interviewed dozens of high-flying execs to see how they handle e-mail, meetings, time bandits, calendars, follow-up, and more. Winston’s book bulges with tips, secrets, and techniques that can help anyone — even if you haven’t seen the top of your desk since the dot-com days.