The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

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

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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!

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Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri considers himself a student and teacher of the wisdom of love. 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 1200 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 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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