The Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right (Paperback)
|Author: Atul Gawande|
|The "New York Times"-bestselling author and surgeon reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist. Dr. Gawande explains how this simplest of technologies has helped doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches.|
From the Publisher:
A New York Times Bestseller
In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.
The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry---in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people---consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years” (The Independent).
As a renowned surgeon, bestselling author, and popular journalist for The New Yorker, Atul Gawande (BETTER) obviously knows something about managing individual success, but here he focuses on the key to team success, which can be achieved with a simple piece of paper and pencil. Gawande has witnessed firsthand how mandatory checklists have drastically reduced mistakes and oversights in the medical industry, and he uses anecdotes from his own research and experience to outline how these simple organizational tools can be used to improve performance in any field or endeavor.