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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right | [Atul Gawande]

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.

©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    L. Thorne Culver City, CA, USA 01-31-10
    L. Thorne Culver City, CA, USA 01-31-10 Member Since 2004
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    "not enough material for a book"

    His point is important, but there's not enough original information for a book. Too much padding with example stories that don't add new info.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Castaneda 03-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "apparently checklists arent interesting"

    An interesting subject but poorly written and really boring. Takes the entire book to basically say "Doctors should use checklists to limit their mistakes". 8 words.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Neal 06-19-12
    Neal 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen; solid advise"
    Would you listen to The Checklist Manifesto again? Why?

    This is the type of book that once you hear it, it starts you thinking. Is this a book that you would listen to over and over, I don't believe so but I do think it would be beneficial to listen to again in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the story does deal with medical issues, this is the authors background, it also includes the source of checklists - pilots. As with any book there has to be a purpose for you picking the book up and this is to make yourself better. Many reviewers say that the book spends too much time on surgery but the purpose of the book is to illustrate the use of checklists; this and the many other examples should be adapted to your environment.


    What does John Bedford Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reader. Adds to experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many "really" moments throughout the book that keep it interesting and relevant.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for anyone who really wants to improve their lives - but it will take commitment and work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 05-01-10
    Mark 05-01-10 Member Since 2003

    I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.

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    "OCD or CHECKLIST disorder!!"

    As a private pilot, I KNOW the value of a simple check list. Simple tasks such as SECURE AND LATCH PASSENGER DOOR can become lost in the routine and could become a fatal mistake. Defining simple, yet critical tasks and consistently reviewing them removes untold volumes of liability. Thank you Mr. Gawande. I have a checklist, not OCD!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin J Donalds 12-04-14
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    "Just Ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I agree with the reviews stating this all could have been covered by a magazine article. The individual anecdotes were interesting and enjoyable, but they didn't really connect to a anything larger than "checklists are useful". Not being in the medical or aerospace industries, I found little long term value in this read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 09-08-14
    Matthew Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 09-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "So much better than expected"
    Any additional comments?

    The title, though apt, suggests a boring read.. A smart business book at best. Instead, the book does a brilliant job of engaging the listener through exciting case studies (mostly medical or aviation in context.)

    Plus, the narrators voice sounds like a cross between Michael Dorn and Jonathan Frakes, so there's that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paige 07-08-14
    Paige 07-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Checklist Manifesto?

    Its simplicity of a solution makes it very doable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the look at two critical industries as the compelling basis for the theory.


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    n/a


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Easy listen, but definitely worthwhile. You will definitely get your money's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 09-04-13
    Alan 09-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "For a Surgeon"
    What did you like best about The Checklist Manifesto? What did you like least?

    Real world results from implementing checklists


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Wouldn't - well done for the topic


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    There was something in the narrator's voice that reminded me of a high school jock. Not sure how to describe it...or why...


    What did you take away from The Checklist Manifesto that you can apply to your work?

    I learned that surgeons are egotistical, which is likely required so they can do their job effectively.


    Any additional comments?

    The book seems written for a very targeted audience: those who think they can "shoot from the hip" and still avoid the consequences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ManSalt Texas 06-29-13
    ManSalt Texas 06-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Way way too focused on the medical field."
    What disappointed you about The Checklist Manifesto?

    The premise of the book was good. The narrator performed well. The book takes a very long time to get going. Maybe the audio version is a weaker total delivery than the book, but I was disappointed in the lack of non-medical applications. Use a checklist- I got it. But its really not necessary to spend 60% of the book on very specific, jargon filled medical anecdotes. The bits on construction, aviation and investing were the only parts I found beneficial.


    What was most disappointing about Atul Gawande’s story?

    Medical jargon and self proclaim.


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the premise and take aways from this book were great. If he cut out the medical portions, or added a few more anecdotes from a variety of industries, I would have enjoyed it much more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Monson, MA, United States 03-24-13
    Anthony Monson, MA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for People Going in the Medical Profession"
    Where does The Checklist Manifesto rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I have ever tried, overall the book is a great listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The medical situations that are presented in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, many different sitting, mostly driving back and forth from school.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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