Friday, June 22, 2012

Better-A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

As Atul Gawande says in the introduction to this book " betterment is a perpetual labor."  He outlines three core requirements  for success in any endeavor involving risk and responsibility.    The three requirements are sufficient attention to detail to avoid error and prevail against obstacles.  Second is the requirement to "do right".  Third is ingenuity which he interestingly casts as  a character issue...a willingness to recognize failure, a deliberate reflection on those failures and a never ending search for new solutions.
Gawande uses stories from his profession....medicine... to illustrate these points and personal examples to add emphasis.  That said, the lessons and insights transcend his field and apply more broadly to leaders in any field.

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