Use A Checklist

by - m on 07/08/2011

Instead of trying to remember everything you have learned about leadership, why not follow the lead of pilots, scientists, and physicians?
Use a checklist.
Checklists have become an indispensable tool in many complex scenarios from operating rooms to aircraft. 
Don’t need a checklist you say? It’s not that complicated? 
Each day you may deal with several disparate personalities, juggle numerous deadlines, answer a myriad of questions, and make decisions that could cost you thousands of dollars – or even your livelihood.
Not complex?
Really?
Your checklist isn’t a to-do list. Rather it’s a list of the principles that the stress of the job can make you forget. Including, but not limited to:
  • Showcase the skills and behaviors that lead to success.
  • Listen. Listen. Listen.
  • Be engaged. Engage others.
  • Ask yourself – why am I doing this?
If checklists can help doctors and rocket scientists, they can help you. 
– m

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