Christmas morning I open a present from my husband…
Ok, its a book on checklists, I know it sounds boring but its a fascinating and enlightening insight into how a checklist is essential in virtually every area of our lives.
The Checklist Manifesto is a book by Atul Gawande offering a convincing argument for adopting the use of checklist in modern life and business. Showing how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate and how to get things right.
How breaking down complex, high-pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve success even in the area of heart surgery survival rates.
Why we fail? We fail for two reasons. The first is ignorance and the second is ineptitude…
Distinguishing between types of errors that occur and address the one we can try to influence because it’s because of being ineptitude so not making proper use of what we know. Focusing on the challenges of modern medicine he explains its inevitable that competent doctor /surgeons can so easily miss a step, or forget to ask an important question in the stress of the moment.
Experts need checklists, think of them as written processes to guide them through the key steps in any complex procedure.
Such a simple idea sounds crazy until he presents such a strong argument you will be convinced and start using the power of checklists for the most mundane tasks. I know I make lists for everything as I found it a great way to keep my mind empty and not putting pressure on myself to retain all the things I need to do. You could say I have been freeing up mental RAM for those techies out there. It gives me a calmer organised approach to life and business but it gives me the freedom to prevent failures & mistakes.
The modern world is becoming faster andmore complex and we’re struggling to keep our heads above water. Retaining all the knowledge we need in our day to day live alone with the velocity we are travelling.
Thank goodness for checklists!