When the grind of life is so intensive, the human brain cannot process all that needs to be done without mistakes. A checklist has been proven to be an effective tool.

For many years, the checklist was the way business was conducted in my life. Friday was wrap up day; new objectives were set for the next week; Sunday nights were family “get ready for an awesome forthcoming week” at the Crowells’.

Fond memories of Jay Crowell walking into the living room with pencil and goal book in hand.

During our do nothing retreat at Deer Lake, I spied one of Doc Ferch’s books, Quantitative Value. It is a deep read on intelligent investing and eliminating behavioral errors.

The section that got my attention was the case for checklists.

In WWll the B-19 model crashed. Not due to automation but due to “pilot error.”  The problem was, the plane was so advanced, it was too much technology for one man to fly.

The solution was a pilot’s checklist. Each time I fly in my friends’ plane in Alaska, Mike methodically goes through a checklist.

Checklists save lives. B -17 pilots flew 1.8 million miles without a single accident. Amazing!  

When I return to the real world in two days the checklist system will be put back into place. So thankful that Shann left Quantitative Value on his dresser.   

Three professional life and business goals:

  • Operate in peace.
  • Professional Excellence.
  • Be a Problem Solver, not a Problem Maker.

will be more likely achieved with checklists.