The Checklist Manifesto

How to Get Things Right
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.  

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. 

Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

©2019 Atul Gawande (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Insightful, intuitive, applicable and ridiculously necessary

An interesting point was on “Why would the checklist ‘unexpected errors’ category ”..
My insight / theory: reading load “anticipated complications” among other steps, as well as triggering “did you did this thing or that”, might alert the surgeon; engaging system 2 (thinking fast & slow by Daniel Kahneman) from the beginning of surgery; the analytical component has taken over the routine mechanical portion. But would longitudinal/ repeated measures of complications after implementing the checklists, demonstrate a regression to the mean?

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Essential reading for professionals

A simple secret to assist in achieving excellence consistently. It was an easy read. Interesting with a great narrator.

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  • Kathryn S
  • 03-13-19

Superbly simple

Brilliant theory and idea with excellent examples of how and why it works, but a bit dry and repetitive.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-04-20

Too deep for a self improvement book

Horrible gory details about about blood and wounds in a book about checklists. I am a queasy person, I only came here to improve my productivity and I’m hearing about a young girl going through surgery because she drownd in a pond I mean wow wtf don’t buy unless you love hospital books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-19

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Can see the importance of having a check list but goes on a bit longer than needs

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  • Malgorzata
  • 04-26-19

Makes you think

Capturing and full of interesting stories. definitely proves its point- I'm already thinking of incorporating some checklists in my professional routine!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-19

checklist

good narrator and a very interesting story that I will find very easy to make use of at work.

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  • Andrew Larcombe
  • 11-28-19

boring

didn't finish it. unfortunately I found it full of waffle and couldn't put up with it.

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  • Guna Petermane
  • 07-19-19

Gawande continues to amaze

My second book by the author and even more amazing than the first one (Complications). Very enjoyable style of writing, thought provoking, with quite a few takeaways.

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  • Michael H
  • 05-26-19

Couldn't put it down

Amazing book, that can be used by almost anyone. You may think that a book about checklists would be boring but this is one of the most interesting books I've ever read.