The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

The book, although written by a medical specialist, will be useful to almost any professional.


Published by Penguin / Viking
Pages: 224
Price: INR399
ISBN: 9780670084401

This is one of the most remarkable books I have read. Atul Gawande, a super-specialist surgeon by profession, makes a compelling case for something as mundane as a checklist. And he succeeds absolutely. Using examples from industries as varied as construction, aviation, restaurants and, of course, medicine, he proves beyond a doubt that far from being an unnecessary chore, checklists are a vital apparatus that not only ensure fewer mistakes but also save lives.

What makes the book profound is not just the fabulous content, but also its smooth flow—Gawande writes like a fiction story-teller, engaging you from cover to cover as he narrates fascinating accounts of how checklists are used indispensably in several industries.

The book, although written by a medical specialist, will be found useful by almost any professional. Most of all, it will help ‘experts’ who are the most resistant to the idea of using a checklist. The Checklist Manifesto manages to challenge our beliefs and stimulates our thinking. It opens your eyes in more ways than one. Strongly recommended—especially if you’re an expert!

Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri is a highly experienced wellbeing consultant. He is also a writer-editor and has written on topics ranging from strategic marketing and business management to art, culture and even philosophy. His more than 1250 published stories—articles, interviews, full-length features—have appeared in some of the leading newspapers and magazines of India. A certified cognitive behavioural therapist, he works as a personal counsellor too. He is the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed self-improvement book based on powerful ideas of some of the greatest thought leaders. Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".


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