Adapted from New York Time’s Bestselling book by Atul Gawande entitled, “the Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Imagine a commercial airplane about to disembark from the gateway. On this winter day, the snow forecast is for 8 inches of snow and high winds. The pilots are skilled and experienced, yet the weather forecast creates numerous challenges and uncertainty compared to warm temperatures and clear skies. Now imagine the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building at 2,716 feet and 163 stories high. Special care must be taken during its planning and construction, otherwise it may collapse. Finally, lets imagine applying to college. There are so many steps to complete and perform that it’s impossible to remember everything. The last thing you would want to forget is a critical homework assignment, SAT test day or application deadline. This is where checklist come into play.
There are countless examples of planes crashing, trains derailing and patients injured despite intelligent and experienced individuals at the helm. Dr. Gawande, Harvard public researcher and heart surgeon determined that human errors can be minimized and human performance improved due to checklists. If you’ll be applying to college, especially an elite college such as Stanford or MIT, you’ll not want to miss sending your transcripts, letters of recommendation, secondary essays and countless other data points in the college application process. This is the impetus where checklists can improve your likeliness of success in reaching your goals.
Benefits of Checklists
Enhance Communication and Teamwork
Success in Normal, Complicated and Complex situations
The Technique of Creating the Best Checklist
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