The In-Synk Business Book Review this last Friday was enlightening. We reviewed The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Not just theory, concrete techniques that will improve your organization. Some insights below:
Two ways to fail, ignorance and ineptitude. No reason exists anymore to be ignorant. We have all the access we can handle to knowledge. Our lack of use of that knowledge is ineptitude. As access to that knowledge overwhelms us we become more inept. The answer is the use of effective checklists.
“We don’t like checklists. They can be painstaking. They are not fun” p 173.
“We are not built for discipline, we are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at.” p. 183
Two types of lists: Do then confirm, and Read then do.
We lull ourselves into skipping crucial steps.
Checklists mirror the Meeting Rhythm suggested by Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnis.
If you missed Friday’s book club you missed a good one. Next month, on November 5th, Two for the price of one. Two related books, The Inside Advantage and The New Experts by Bob Bloom. Add it to your checklist. http://in-synkinsideadvtg.eventbrite.com
See you there!