When was the last time we boarded an aircraft and thought about what occurs in the cockpit? The activity that occurs before takeoff is meant to ensure that all the steps necessary are accomplished to ensure a safe flight not only for all personnel, but also the equipment. One missed step can lead to serious implications.
In the 2011 seminal work on checklists 'The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right', Atul Gawande observes that while checklists can be painstaking, there is a deeper, more visceral issue that people hold beliefs that the truly great among us (those we aspire to be) handle situations of high-stakes and complexity without protocols and checklists. He says our idea of heroism needs updating.
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