What is the recipe for success? There may not be a simple, single recipe for success. But if you come to know that some very renowned and experienced restaurateurs use simple checklists religiously every single day, while cooking their recipes. After reading eminent doctor -writer Atul Gawande's book,"The Checklist Manifesto" you get convinced that making simple but clear checklists is an effective way to enhance accuracy of the complex task on hand. Each successful task leads to overall bigger success. And you can use checklists for any industry, service or any simple task as well.
Checklists Help You Not To Miss A Critical Step of Your Tasks
Full of real life examples and views of many industry experts: Dr.Atul emphasizes with true life examples that simple checklists can enhance the success percentage of even most experienced professionals and almost in all industries. Dr. Atul talks to renowned experts from construction, restaurant, aviation, and even stock market. He clearly establishes the fact that simple checklists help in “not missing” any critical but seemingly simple step of a daily task or even a large project.
Dr. Atul describes with many real-life examples, how a simple lapse can cause a disaster. He also convinces you how the use of checklists has saved situations and even lives in many instances. The book, with many real life examples, also emphasizes on importance of team work.
Atul draws examples from many parts of the world, especially describing a checklist project he worked for WHO (World Health Organization).
Many Industries Can Make Use of Checklist Concept
Checklists are effective in almost all industries: Not only restaurateurs but you realize while reading the book that construction industry, aviation industry, medical fraternity and even financial experts in the stock market have been using simple but effective checklists in their complex work. Their aim is simple: ”to ensure all critical steps or procedures are adhered to while performing their work”. The book, “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande, is a different and interesting book, that convinces you of importance of “checklists” in your daily work.
How to make an effective checklist: Atul also describes in detail what a good checklist is and what is not and discusses how to make an effective checklist. Atul takes a deep dive into why initially many people are not much in favor of making and following checklists.
The book itself is an example of a dedicated professional in all respects: An aspect that appeals you when reading the book is about Atul himself. His willingness to give best service in his profession to his patients, his approach of deeply analyzing a subject by studying events even in other professions, and taking pains to meet the renowned experts from all professions is simply worth reading. The book is a living example of executing a project or service in the most excellent manner possible.
After reading the book, you will seriously get thinking on making a checklist of your own for your daily professional or even personal work.
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Is your corporate career progressing as you planned? Then relax and read the book" Faster Smarter Higher by Utkarsh Rai" to further fine-tune your career planning. Or do you sense that your career is stagnating and you would like to know possible reasons for it? Even then take a pause and learn what recommendations from the book are useful to you. Do not leave career to chance: The book proves that you cannot leave advancing in your career to chance or simply hard work. You need to continuously plan and work on your career progression. The book, as its title suggests, describes how you can advance in your career, “faster, smarter and higher”.
The book is especially engrossing read for those starting their corporate career or those who have put in a few years of their career. The book is also apt for budding leaders in technology firms where you live the statement “change is only constant ” almost on daily basis.
Thoughtfully Plan Your Corporate Career
Practical situations: Utkarsh Rai, the author is a renowned senior business leader. As you read the book, you realize that each line of the book has come from practical situations that Utkarsh must have come across. You start identifying with some situations that you yourself must have experienced.
Thoroughly understand the stakeholders in your career advancement: The author essentially establishes that you need to manage your stakeholders well. While this seems to be an obvious statement, Utkarsh has devoted one each chapter on how to work seamlessly with your important stakeholders. The stakeholders include your manager, your team, your manager’s manager, your manger’s peers, support departments such as HR and finance and even vendors. Utkarsh establishes that you can build your career by properly working with each of your stakeholders or break it by ignoring even one of these stakeholders. The author also describes a win-win approach, wherein you as well as your stakeholders win.
What Stakeholders are thinking: It is a must in life to understand the other person’s point of view, if you wish to make any progress. The interesting part is Utkarsh has described what your stakeholder is also thinking in certain situations and why the stakeholder thinks so.
Ensure Mutual Alignment With All Stakeholders for Career Growth
Serious Pitfalls to avoid in career: The book describes in detail, pitfalls that a professional must avoid. Certain pitfalls can set back your career, whereas some more serious ones such as financial fraud can put an end to your career.
A straightforward approach to writing: The book has simple language and a matter of fact approach of day to day situations involving stakeholders and is devoid of any big theories on the subject.
Context of India based corporate world: You realize that the book describes India based corporate situations and thus you can identify with many situations. The book has 51 quotes from senior business leaders of Indian origin. None other than the doyen of Indian IT industry, N. R. Narayana Murthy has endorsed the book.
A budding or even an experienced corporate leader will find the book “ Faster Smarter Higher” an educating and engrossing read.
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Author Utkarsh Rai's Website
Utkarsh Rai - the renowned business leader and author of "Faster Smarter Higher" has an interesting website of his own www.utkarshrai.com . He shares his experiences on management, life and fitness and worldwide travel. Bookmark the website for your constant learning.