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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – by Dr. Atul Gawande

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Dr. Gawande, himself a general surgeon, uses checklists a lot. He is, unequivocally, an expert in his field. He “shouldn’t” need a checklist to tell him to do such things as “Check you have the correct patient”. But checklists are there as a safety net. And, famously, “safety regulations are written in blood”, after all.

And, who amongst us has never made such a “silly” error? From forgetting to turn the oven on, to forgetting to take the handbrake off, it takes only a momentary distraction to think we’ve done something we haven’t.

You may be wondering: why a whole book on this? Is it just many examples of the usefulness of checklists? Because I’m already sold on that, so, what else am I going to get out of it?

Dr. Gawande also explains in clear terms:

  • How to optimize “all necessary steps” with “as few steps as possible”
  • The important difference between read-do checklists and do-confirm checklists
  • To what extent we should try to account for the unexpected
  • How to improve compliance (i.e., making sure you actually use it, no matter how tempting it will be to go “yeah this is automatic for me now” and gloss over it)
  • The role of checklists in teams, and in passing on knowledge

…and more.

Bottom line: if you’ve ever tried to make tea without putting the tea-leaves in the pot, this is the book that will help you avoid making more costly mistakes—whatever your area of activity or interest.

Click here to check out the Checklist Manifesto, and make fewer mistakes!

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