“It takes a village to raise a child.” Like most proverbs, this brief exhortation contains an incredible amount of wisdom. In many African cultures, although parents are ultimately responsible for their children, they draw tremendous support from a network of extended family and friends. The whole village participates in the raising, nurturing, and education of a child. This proverb has a lot to teach us about how we run our practices. When you are creating a dentist business plan, you cannot do it on your own. It takes a “village” to develop a plan that will give you the true success you desire. Although you are ultimately responsible for your practice, you should not be afraid to draw from the wisdom and experience of others.
Create a Dentist Business Plan with the Help of a Coach
Owning a business takes a unique skill set, and like many outstanding dentists, you may simply not be equipped to deal with the challenges that ownership can bring. Dental school taught you about the clinical side of things. If you were lucky, you may have gotten some training in patient relationships or other more personal matters. However, you probably did not learn much about budgeting, marketing, or how to handle a troublesome team member. Typically, it is hard to implement the few nuggets of wisdom you may have picked up along the way. Each practice is different, and there are no one-size-fits all solutions.
Just because you do not have these skills, it does not mean that you are somehow insufficient or not up to the challenge. It simply means that you need help from someone who understands these matters. A dental coach can guide you as you uncover the major problems underlying your practice. Then, together, you can create a dentist business plan that fits your practice and the needs of the current moment.
Don’t Forget to Include Your Team
Of course, a village contains more than the chieftain. If a village leader suddenly decided to take charge of someone else’s child, he might face a serious revolt. You are the leader of your practice. However, only a poor leader dictates changes without consulting the people he leads. When you do not work with your team, you will stifle your employees. They will feel undervalued and unchallenged. At the very least, this will affect productivity and the general attitude of your practice. In many cases, you may experience massive employee turnover.
On top of that, you will be depriving yourself of your team’s expertise. Your hygienists and office staff have difference perspectives regarding the operations of your practice. They also have a unique understanding about what your patients truly need. Therefore, it is essential to listen to them as you develop your dentist business plan. Failure to do so will only result in ineffectual or very temporary changes. Working your “village” will truly improve your practice, your team’s happiness, and your own peace of mind.