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You’ve just hired Susan as your chairside assistant. You’re not exactly thrilled with your choice, but with the dwindling pool of potential dental assistants, you’ve done the best you could to find someone you feel you could work with. She’s had some experience at other dental offices, she said, and she feels pretty capable of [...]
You’ve wowed your new patient, helped them feel special and unique, and listened expertly to them. You co-developed a treatment plan which they have already completed or are in the process of doing so. You’ve welcomed them back to your office at their recare appointment each time, and they’ve completed initial necessary treatment – but [...]
Over 30 years of practice and 17 years of coaching dentists and their teams, I rarely hear how much both the doctor and the team enjoy team meetings. After all, most team meetings turn out to be “complaint sessions”, leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, so why would anyone want to do them? [...]
I think you would agree that one of the most important elements of your practice is whether patients accept the care you offer them. It would be easy for me to tell you “my way” of presenting treatment, but ultimately it needs to be “your way” of presenting treatment, using your available skills and [...]
Sometimes, January can seem endless, and it's just about to start! The excitement of the holidays nearly over, the Christmas bills are starting to come in, and you are not due for another vacation until the summer. To make matters worse, it’s not just you. Your team and patients are also deep in the January [...]
Football season is once again in full swing! I hope you’re taking advantage of some much needed downtime, relaxing with a friend and a beer or two as you watch your favorite teams. However, even as you chill out on the couch, take some time to reflect on what you can learn from football. After [...]
As you well know, clinical competency is not enough for a successful dental practice. For a truly outstanding business, you should offer comfortable amenities, a good chairside manner, and good communication skills. Of course, a friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable office team is also essential. The ability to assemble and develop a great office team is [...]
Your first goal is to protect and enhance your patients’ health. However, you want to do so in a way that is in keeping with his or her needs. As a dental coach, I’m not just talking about health needs, although these are certainly important. I’m also talking about emotional needs, aesthetic goals, financial concerns, [...]
In many cases, some simple and basic tools of leadership can help: compassion, empathy, and true listening.