The Checklist Manifesto
by Atul Gawande
I am not sure how to explain this book but I’m going to try. Atul Gawande is a surgeon who was on a quest to make medicine safer (I won’t go into the numbers, but get ready to be scared) and realized that there was one simple tool, overlooked by almost everybody and yet that was behind successful intricate enterprises in various fields (flying planes, building skyscrapers, surgeries, high risk investments etc.) : the checklist. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming).
It’s a short and enlightening read that is made captivating by Gawande’s pick for examples (the first chapter reads likes an episode of ER. Don’t start this book before going to bed, it won’t put your brain to sleep at all.)
I haven’t processed the book fully yet, even though it’s been couple of weeks that I am done with it, but it has changed the way I think about Checklists and I look forward to finding ways to implement them strategically in areas that might not call for them at first glance.
The Checklist Manifesto was selected in the Monthly Creative Menu #14, which was emailed in March 2015.
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