The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Paperback – Jan 4 2011
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“I read The Checklist Manifesto in one sitting yesterday, which is an amazing tribute to the book that Gawande has crafted. Not only is the book loaded with fascinating stories, but it honestly changed the way I think about the world. It is the best book I've read in ages.” ―Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics
“Few medical writers working today can transmit the gore-drenched terror of an operation that suddenly goes wrong--a terror that has a special resonance when it is Dr. Gawande himself who makes the initial horrifying mistake. And few can make it as clear as he can what exactly is at stake in the effort to minimize calamities.” ―The New York Times
“Even skeptical readers will find the evidence staggering. . . . Thoughtfully written and soundly defended, this book calls for medical professionals to improve patient care by adopting a basic, common-sense approach.” ―The Washington Post
“A persuasive champion of his cause.” ―The Economist
“The Checklist Manifesto is beautifully written, engaging, and convincingly makes the case for adopting checklists in medicine, a project to which Gawande has devoted significant time over the last several years. . . . It is in many ways the most personal of his books, a direct call to action to change the way health care is delivered through straightforward and simple, yet proven, means. It is a call that deserves to be heard and heeded.” ―Journal of the American Medical Association
“Gawande deftly weaves in examples of checklist successes in diverse fields like aviation and skyscraper construction. . . . Fascinating reading.” ―New York Times Book Review
“This is a brilliant book about an idea so simple it sounds dumb until you hear the case for it. Atul Gawande presents an argument so strong that I challenge anyone to go away from this book unconvinced.” ―The Seattle Times
“Fascinating . . . presents a convincing case that adopting more checklists will surely help.” ―Bloomberg News
“Gawande argues convincingly and eloquently.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“The scope goes well beyond medicine. . . Read this book and you might find yourself making checklists for the most mundane tasks--and be better off for it.” ―BusinessWeek
“A vivid, punchy exposition of an intriguing idea: that by-the-book routine trumps individual prowess.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Maintains the balance between accessibility and precision. He manages to be vivid without being gruesome. . . .” ―The Guardian (UK)
“Riveting and thought-provoking.” ―The Times (UK)
“Eye-popping. . . Gawande writes with vigor and clarity.” ―New Haven Advocate
About the Author
Atul Gawande is the author of Better and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.See all Product Description
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Gawande examines how human beings do things. There are two reasons we fail at complex tasks. The first is ignorance. We correct it by conducting research and building schools to increase our knowledge. The second and more common reason for failure is ineptitude--the right knowledge is available, but we do not apply it correctly. People continually forget, are distracted, or skip steps because they seem unimportant. This problem lurks below the radar; we don't recognize it, let alone try to solve it. Instead we send people off for more training to increase their knowledge.
What is needed instead is a simple way to remind people of what they know at the right time to make a difference. We have an answer, we just aren't using it. "Checklists seem to provide protection against such failures. They remind us of the minimum necessary steps and make them explicit. They not only offer the possibility of verification, but also instill a kind of discipline of higher performance."
The author examines checklists used by airline pilots, building contractors, investors and other physicians. In these professions work has become too complex for even a talented individual to perform alone.Read more ›
Given the rigor, routine, and repetitiveness associated with checklists, I expected the book to be boring and essentially read it because of nice reviews in the press, but Dr. Gawande does an excellent job, through real life examples, at emphasizing the advantages and 'coolness' of his cause. On rare occasions, the book becomes redundant with too many examples and statements aimed to hammer the point of the author, but by and large it was a pleasant read and one that got me seriously thinking about the future of humans and technology.
Recommended for anyone who believes in progress.
The key to the believability of what he proposes here is a communication checklist and also a warning not to use checklists to do our jobs for us (i.e. don't put everything on the checklist, just key tasks that mustn't be missed or that are more frequently missed).
Of course, the challenge is in the implementation, which takes more work than making the case.
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I wasn't convinced of the benefits of having checklists, perhaps a little condescending. The solution of course is to engage the users and give them ownership over process success.Published 12 days ago by G
Makes you think!! I loved the author's book "Being Mortal" slightly more, but this one applies for all businesses & people in general, not just medicine.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great practical advice, easily readable, super story telling.Published 2 months ago by Malcolm Mcgrath
A lot of stories about the medical field. Not as much emphasis on the details of creating checklists as I thought. A lot of good stories about the necessity of checklists.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a super easy read. The stories are relevant and powerful. If you want to understand why checklists are important - this is a must read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arthur Bekerman
Top 10 books I have read this year. Instrumental. I recommend to anyone who deals in complexity and difficult decision-making.Published 8 months ago by Daniel B. McClean
Gawande makes a great argument through amusing anecdotes and comparisons between industries. I think the book speaks more to the importance of teamwork and discipline than the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ian Galna
Really enjoyed the arguments here! Was hoping for a few more application cases related to the business field. However, There are heaps of concepts I can absolutely carry overPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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