Book Review: “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right” by Atul Gawande

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Welcome! As 2016 quickly comes to a close and 2017 fast approaches we wanted to share our second installment of our Book Review Series. We want to introduce a new series of book reviews from our staff and from our owner Tom Dieschbourg. He has always been an avid reader. He has been known to stay up late just to finish a book. On trips, he stops at a bookstore to buy a few books and you can be sure he will get through them before the trip is over. Over the past few years, he has been introducing and sharing many of his favorites and current reads with our staff at Star Thermoplastics. In turn, we want to share these great reads, along with commentary review from Tom.

Tom’s Current Readsbook

 

Tom’s Review: “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get things Right”, by Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto Book review

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.)

I find this book advocates ideas supported by the old notion of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). With a checklist, you can shorten the training time and keep people focused on what must get done by having them follow the checklist.

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Until next time. We hope you enjoyed this review and we hope you get the chance to read some of the books on our list above. We would love to hear some of your book recommendation and feedback on our reviews. Have you also read the book? Do you have other books to recommend to Tom?

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Other booklists:Zappos Family Library ListMark Zuckerberg: 20 Books Everyone Should Read, and Book Review: “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

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  1. Dennis J Chaput May 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Sounds like an interesting book. I would love a free copy if one is still available. I am an avid reader myself. I am currently reading: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman I, Claudius by Robert Graves, and The Best of H.P. Lovecraft.

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