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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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Surgery demands organization, but it is far from the only field with that requirement. In “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” Dr. Atul Gawande explains how you can maintain order in your life and career by using checklists. His curiosity about something that has served him well for a large part of his life translates to the many insights and facts that he includes in this engaging guide. You probably use checklists in many ways for your work and at home, but this book will make you want to use more of them.


The author, who is also a renowned surgeon, expands upon the research that he has done on how to prevent medical errors. That research found that more complex activities require precise planning and teamwork to avoid making catastrophic mistakes. Checklists take away much of the guesswork that can lead to those errors. Dr. Gawande narrates the advent of the checklist with pilots in the U.S. Air Force to its eventual adoption into medicine. He gives details about the lists that different professions use and the general principles that you can apply when creating one. His personal experience also speaks volumes: He has based much of his career on using this simple tool.


This best-selling guide provides detailed stories showing that almost everyone can use checklists to improve performance. The examples come from a vast array of careers in which people have adapted checklists to their needs. Of course, some less predictable situations, such as raising children, do not mesh well with lists, and the book acknowledges that fact. However, there is always some way to use checklists in your daily life to do better. Whether you are a cook in a restaurant or a pilot for a major airline, Dr. Gawande wrote this book for you.

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