The short version: It's about how Atul Gawande realized that he had plateaued as a surgeon and wanted to figure out how he could keep improving. He decided to embrace coaching.
As for the reasons I loved this...
- I think Atul Gawande is an amazing writer. His Checklist Manifesto is a wonderful book. He was involved with FRONTLINE's Being Mortal. In this case, I love the fact that he was interested enough and self-aware enough of his own potential and performance to be so interested in continual improvement.
- I played hockey and roller hockey from the time I was 5 up through finishing up at Michigan State, and I had coaches all along the way. (I still play, but men's leagues teams don't have coaches.) One of my very best ice hockey coaches was the reason I went to MSU, actually. Great coaches can have a tremendous impact on performance and life, I know this.
- I'm really interested in peer observation for faculty at UT, to help improve performance - both for faculty professional development and to improve student learning.