Atul Gawande’s Talk on Performance

A very nice talk by Atul Gawande on Performance. The key points to be taken home are:

  • Performers are diligent – they give attention to fine details and wont discard things as minor
  • Look for failure – look for the possibility of failures and actively correct the course of action
  • Learn to do things right inspite of obstacles.
  • Performers realize that success is compounding and it builds on each success. Day-to-day achievements, focus and hard work is absolutely necessary.

There is one salient point that most of us generally miss – that is that doctors too are like humans and they too have a bell shaped performance curve – with most being average and a few are very bad and very exceptional. This is a very fundamental point that gets missed by people, somehow people don’t gauge doctors according to that way.

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