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Summary

Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.  

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. 

Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

©2019 Atul Gawande (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Disappointing

This is a two page study dragged out to a book. 'Use checklists' is the entire information contained within, with near to zero advice on how to use or make them.

Also it is 95% focussed on medicine, when it is presented as a business book.

Still, it is a listen that passes the time.

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Too deep for a self improvement book

Horrible gory details about about blood and wounds in a book about checklists. I am a queasy person, I only came here to improve my productivity and I’m hearing about a young girl going through surgery because she drownd in a pond I mean wow wtf don’t buy unless you love hospital books

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Superbly simple

Brilliant theory and idea with excellent examples of how and why it works, but a bit dry and repetitive.

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Great book, well put together, excellent narration

Loved it. A great breakdown of such a simple concept. Very actionable content. Would definitely recommend.

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Must listen or read 😉. For eny person.

It is great book! I have listen more than 300 books in last few years, and it is definetly 1 of top 10. And i will sugest it, to enyone who aske me for a great book!
I am a simple car mechanik and i use checklists ewery day, they wery often prewents us from disasters!
Thank you for book! 👍

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A manifesto, not a guide.

Before buying this book, you should be aware that this book simply repeatedly makes the case in favour of using checklists. It does not provide any guidance or examples for best practice or pitfalls to avoid, or time-saving techniques, or processes that can help you.

This book is written by a surgeon and its full of medical-jargon-heavy stories about what can go wrong in surgery, and why surgeons should use checklists but - because of arrogance - many don't. It's a set of interesting war stories about surgery. I'm now terrified of ever needing surgery. I wasn't before.

I was hoping for some insights, time-savers, things to avoid etc. However, this is not the book for that - it simply says "they are a good idea and here's why...".

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Wow

Heard this recommended through 'Tools of Titans' by Tim Ferriss.
It was not what I thought it would be. Some of the stories are intense, the narrator does a great job of emoting them. I have always been an 'anti-rules' guy, this book showed me how foolish (and childish) that philosophy was.
Straight after reading, I've used the guidelines mentioned in the book to set up my own basic checklists for my own life.
Accept you're fallible, put safety nets into your life!

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Can see the importance of having a check list but goes on a bit longer than needs

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interesting book but...

interesting book and performer has a nice voice but pronounces culinary and gnocchi wrong.

he just pronounced despite

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valuable reading for all companies

compelling reasons and ways to introduce checklists into your work. I can't wait to get going

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  • 21-04-22

This is a must for anyone in Healthcare.

I think I must have listened to it at least four times.
I am a nurse who wants to improve systems, and this book is a good start and a good guide to better patient safety.

It is also good for people looking to improve processes and systems.

Highly recommended

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  • Vikram
  • 20-01-21

checklist - simple idea massive impact

Checklist - It's such a simple idea , but can contribute to make a massive impact on the outputs and can producing consistent result, avoid deadly mistakes. It applies to so many professions and fields as the author explains with many cases and examples. Must Read !!

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  • 16-12-20

Waste of time

In summary checklists are in important in all industries and there are examples of its effectiveness in medicine (lots of examples used here), finance (very few poor examples used here) and a couple of other industries. This book is such a waste of time

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  • 11-08-20

Surprisingly captivating

Never thought an entire book could be about checklists
alone, but the stories given along with it from surgery and aviation really brought this to life.

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  • 13-09-19

Insightful, intuitive, applicable and ridiculously necessary

An interesting point was on “Why would the checklist ‘unexpected errors’ category ”..
My insight / theory: reading load “anticipated complications” among other steps, as well as triggering “did you did this thing or that”, might alert the surgeon; engaging system 2 (thinking fast & slow by Daniel Kahneman) from the beginning of surgery; the analytical component has taken over the routine mechanical portion. But would longitudinal/ repeated measures of complications after implementing the checklists, demonstrate a regression to the mean?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-19

Essential reading for professionals

A simple secret to assist in achieving excellence consistently. It was an easy read. Interesting with a great narrator.