This is an inspiring story about a successful surgeon who wanted to grow but didn’t know how, so he got himself a coach! Not only that he managed to transform himself, he also managed to transform the quality of child berth healthcare in 120 centers in India.

How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. “It’s not how good you are now; it’s how good you’re going to be that really matters,” Gawande says.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon and public health professor by day, writer by night, Atul Gawande explores how doctors can dramatically improve their practice using approaches as simple as a checklist – or coaching.
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