- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First edition (Jan. 4 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780312430009
- ISBN-13: 978-0312430009
- ASIN: 0312430000
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Customer Reviews: 2,138 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Paperback – 1m 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 author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
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Pilots, surgeons and fund managers use checklists. The question isn’t if a checklist could help you in your profession, the question is how much could a checklist help you in your profession? And, the biggest question of all, can you swallow your pride enough to give checklists a chance?
And you don't have to use this for work related items too. I've started to develop checklists for "traveling", so I never forget anything.
I seen some complaints from people saying that this is nothing more than stories. It's true. The concept of making a checklist doesn't take up many pages, but really the point is to make the case for them. I found the examples and stories quite helpful with determining how to best write out a checklist, the situations that matter and to make better checklists.
If you end up repeatedly missing details within work and life, I recommend reading this book and start making checklists. It will really help.
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Atul Gawande has presented compelling evidence that checklists can have a dramatic impact on quality of care and healthcare outcomes. He has shown that this is repeatable around the world and not just in the poorer regions. If an aircraft pilot fails, he goes down with the plane. If the same consequence was applied to the failure of a medical consultant - we'd have checklists in every hospital tomorrow!
I enjoyed the methodical approach of following Atul on his journey, trying to get to the crux of checklists, how (or if!) they are beneficial to situations and how a balance can be struck between having sufficient information to be useful whilst not overbearing the user to the point where the list becomes disregarded. He uses examples such as investment fund managers, third world disease prevention schemes, professional kitchens, and of course hospitals whilst using various statistics to bring the narrative to life.
A number of real world disasters are cited which keep the book gripping and interesting, and help to outline the reality the checklists aren’t to make the user into a methodical robot, but how it helps to strike a balance between communication, delegation and preparation. The bottom line of the theme is that the effects of using checklists are subtle taken on an individual situation basis, but in unlikely circumstances or taking the statistical data over a large number of samples, a clear picture gets painted. Checklists, particularly in the context of surgery or plane mishaps, are fundamental to team cohesion and just by taking the simple of step of introducing names before surgery or a flight can have a profound effect on achieving desirable outcomes.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it, it does provoke thought into how checklists could be used in other situations and the problem of the human ego that leads dismissal of procedures that can have profound beneficial effects.
He has given me food for thought around the use of checklists in my own work. I feel inspired to develop one at least for myself which I may then be able to pass on to my team.
I enjoy the philosophical approach he has to life, medicine and writing.
I thoroughly recommend this book as not only thought provoking but also an enjoyable read.
I now use checklists regularly for daily things, and at work our team uses checklists to avoid making mistakes. After reading the book I created a checklist of things to verify when going out, and it still often saves me forgetting to bring something important. It's a book that I think everyone should read who's into productivity and reducing mistakes!
I heard about this book from the Tim Ferriss podcast, where I'd also listened to another guest, Jocko Willink, and have taken away his mantra: Discipline Equals Freedom. Checklists as it would turn out, are a very practical and effective way to implement that discipline.
Thus, it is safe to say: CHECKLISTS EQUAL FREEDOM.
If you have ever flown, you will pleased that checklists exist as they keep you safe (there includes an interview with the Head of Checklists at Boeing). If you have ever been operated on, you will be pleased that checklists exist as they reduce the number of complications and save lives.
You will also learn that there are different types of checklists. Why are checklists so important? There are activities where you cannot let the human brain remember, as it won’t. The brain needs to be focused on the things it needs to focus on, rather than mundane things. In fact checklists make the world go around, from winning the Rugby world cup to keeping people safe. Worth a read.
It is a very easy/fast read though.
The idea is excellent, no argument there: have a checklist for important things. Very valid point and a few good examples.
The book is boring however. There are a couple of stories re: flights and medical uses but the author really has stretched this one out. I dont often get bored with books; this one almost gad me asleep - many a time.
This isn't a how-to guide on how to construct checklists, although it does contain some practical advice on this subject, especially in chapter 6, The Checklist Factory, where the author visited the Boeing aircraft factory.
An eye-opening book that should truly motivate and inspire you.