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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No. I was interested in this book because I hoped it would have specific ideas for making checklists effective and efficient... instead, I heard a LOT about doctors and nurses and how checklists are great for them. I gave up after two chapters, ran to the store, paged through the hard copy, and did not see anything that would apply to my need - making checklists for teachers or parents.
No, but I would be hesitant to read anything by this author again.
It wasn't bad so much as very bland.
Yes, certainly - if you are in the medical field, a medical student, or interested in checklists in a purely academic sense. It's not a BAD book... it was just bad for what I needed, and nothing I read prior to purchasing could fill me in on how it really left it to the reader to tease out the "how to's" of making checklists work for you.
The first chapter is enough to scare anyone away from a hospital. I have panic/anxiety disorder, and my nerves were jangling by the end of the first anecdote. It can be skipped entirely - it's truly not crucial to the book - if you are a sensitive soul.
I thought I was very well organized and used systems and checklist efficiently. Hearing this book, I noticed I was fooling myself and was convinced to systematize even more some parts of what I do. While I always lived the motto systematize to be creative where it count, atul made a really good point about it. Also he does not do it in a long winded way at all. His examples are short and on point and he Cover the subject completely. What you should do, how you should do, what edge it will give you and why you won't do it.
Very impressive book
Amazing detail into insightful checklists and how to produce them effectively. I've been using the strategies for a few months now and have completely revamp all check lists in my service comoany.
I hoped to see more information on creating and refining effective process checklists, and the systems used by Dr. Gawande himself.
Since this is not necessarily a how to book, and there is still quite a bit of useful information in it, I still consider this a 4 star read.
Drives home the importance of using checklists, even when you don't feel they're necessary.
This book helps understand how we can build better business and work procedures. Also it has some GREAT stories.
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.
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.
Its simplicity of a solution makes it very doable.
I liked the look at two critical industries as the compelling basis for the theory.
Great book. Easy listen, but definitely worthwhile. You will definitely get your money's worth.
Real world results from implementing checklists
Wouldn't - well done for the topic
There was something in the narrator's voice that reminded me of a high school jock. Not sure how to describe it...or why...
I learned that surgeons are egotistical, which is likely required so they can do their job effectively.
The book seems written for a very targeted audience: those who think they can "shoot from the hip" and still avoid the consequences.
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.
Medical jargon and self proclaim.
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.
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