The variety of examples across industries and the discussion of arguments for and against this common sense discipline are inspiring to take our game to the next level. Thanks for taking the time to write this book!
I will certainly start implementing check lists in my life. and asking hospitals if they use them before undergoing surgery if I can!!!
Urban planner. Environmentalist. Geek.
If I ever write a book, I want it to be like this one.
- A new, counterintuitive idea that deserves broad adoption.
- Rigorous evidence.
- Human stories to illustrate big ideas.
- A gripping story-arc following how the author came to his conclusions.
- Clear, concise pros.
The book also came with its share of surprise. Of course checklists are useful for avoiding dumb mistakes. Less obvious is the idea that checklists can free the mind to think about bigger issues, how they can improve communication, and how they can be used to empower lower-ranked personnel. Equally fascinating is how little they have been adopted, considering the evidence for their benefits.
Here is your super-abridged version of this book: "Checklists are awesome. Use them". But even though you now know the point of the material, you will still find reading this book extremely enlightening. Careful documentation of human fallibility, and examples from numerous disciplines as to how checklists can improve life and save lives make for a great read that will have you looking for ways to incorporate them into your own life.
Superb narration by Mr. Lloyd as well.
This book does a good job of summarizing examples and cases of where developing checklists and procedures were the difference between life and death. Given the author's background, most examples are from the field of medicine - sometimes in all-too-graphic detail - but others come from aviation and other industries. Hopefully it gets its readers and listeners to think differently when tackling both everyday and challenging situations.
for the most part the playback worked just fine but in certain times the play Black was somewhat glitchy and would drop a few words here and there and then continue.
Love a good science fiction book!
The fact that we can decrease the mortaliti in 45% and the morbidity in 39% just by investing one minute is amazing