The Checklist Manifesto By Atul Gawande Essay

1174 Words Apr 25th, 2016 null Page
The book The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is the story of how Gawande, a surgeon and Harvard professor, implemented the usage of a safe surgery checklist through the World Health Organization. In the book, he describes what inspired him to start the journey to safer and more efficient surgeries, and along the way shows how applicable the ideas behind a checklist are into our daily lives. A deeper look into his methods reveals the core of leadership. Somehow, Gawande got hospitals all across America and in multiple other countries to use his checklist. This incredible success is due partially to the effectiveness of a checklist, but also to his philosophy of leadership.
The Checklist Manifesto begins with Gawande reflecting on the unexpected nature of surgery and life in general. In our society, we have thousands of highly intelligent people whose job is to solve problems, whether it be a surgeon repairing a broken bone or a CEO trying to keep their company afloat. Despite the high level of intelligence they have, they still make mistakes. Gawande claims that this is because humans are naturally prone to ineptitude. So, naturally, the best strategy to avoid our human failure is one that helps us avoid ineptitude. This makes a lot of sense if you think about how many times in your daily life you make a silly mistake, doing something wrong that you have done right a million times before. No matter how much experience a person has, they are still human and will make…

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