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

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Good Solid book to get you thinking

It was easy to finish! Good food for thought! It highlights the importance of designing out complacency in medicine but does show how human performance is vital to successful complex procedures. Gives plenty of industry examples and examples from other industries that rely heavily on checklists, namely the commercial flying.

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Amazing book for anyone really cares about getting things done right

Intelligent author with groundbreaking but simple ideas about how to run things more smoothly and avoid disasters in many fields. The whole book kept me engaged and I’m the type of person that can get bored fast. Highly recommend!

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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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Brilliant story telling

Brilliantly read with a strong msg. about our complex world and the fallibility of being human.

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Good medical stories, not much about checklists

If you're into medical stories, this book is great. if you're into airplane piloting stories, this book is okay. But if you want to know when to use checklists and how to make a good checklist, this is not the book for you.

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Incredible book and great listen

Well thought through and structured analysis in favour of checklists. Really both enjoyed the content and the way the story was structured. This book lends itself well to being listened to which I find quite rare in more technical books- I really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to some friends.

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  • 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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  • DM
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Khalid
  • 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.