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    The Checklist Manifesto

    A New York Times Best seller. In his latest book, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.

    The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. The increased technology afforded to the energy drilling and completions industries has been wonderful, yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in almost every realm of activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it consistently, correctly and safely. Drilling crews, petroleum engineers and drilling supervisors train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can't, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds including the energy industry. These insights behind the checklist culture are making a difference offshore Gulf of Mexico on the deepwater platforms of the drilling, exploration and completion industries right now.
    (Kevin Ward, Petroleum Engineer).

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    Damn Few

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

    If you've ever considered where great leaders come from, you should take a look at Navy seals as an example of the complex nature in which great leaders might be derived. The true nature of leaders in the Navy, business or any endeavor are not always obvious. Great leaders are made but the DNA required is not easily contained in a single recipe. Damn Few is a fascinating look at the raw DNA of leadership and the surgical methods refined by the U.S. Navy to identify and create the most innovative problem solving leaders that human beings have ever devised.
    (Kevin Ward, Petroleum Engineer).

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