Friday, April 9, 2010


Checklists are in since The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande was published. It proclaims the advantages of using a checklist in medical situations, including surgery, much as pilots do before a flight. Errors in medical situations were not being prevented despite longer training and advanced technology. Gawande, a surgeon, finds some remedy in checklists, first introduced in the Air Force to enable pilots to fly sophisiticated aircraft.

How can checklists be useful in your world? Barnes and Noble offers checklist-y texts for wedding planning, dyslexia, family health, the business of consulting, home sellers and those hoping to improve their writing skills.

The Greater Twin Cities United Way developed one to assist nonprofit organizations to gain a better understanding of their management needs and/or make improvements to management operations. You can find and use it at

Posted by Myrna Meadows, NRS, International Falls

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