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Archive for September, 2012


Dental Team Meetings: Good Vs. Evil

Dental Team Meetings: Good or Evil?

Why do so many dentists avoid having regular team meetings? Honestly, I can tell you exactly why.

1. They are unproductive
2. Worse, they can be negative and have negative consequences
3. No one knows what to do for a team meeting

Here are solutions that work in our practice:


The 5 Definitions of Success in Dentistry?

When a couple has their first child, rather than tell anyone that they hope it’s a boy or a girl, normally the answer that comes up is, “it doesn’t matter as long as he/she is healthy.” As children get older, when the same couple is asked the question, “what would you like to see your child become when she grows up, the inclination is to simply answer, “it doesn’t matter as long as she is happy.” What about as adults? Is it good enough to just be happy? What makes us happy? Is happiness actually attainable, anyway? I hope so, otherwise, I’m not planning to stick around much longer!

Is happiness part or all of the equation of success? How each individual defines success goes far beyond dentistry or any particular occupation. It is a product of who we are, our upbringing, how we are wired, our personalities and our hopes and dreams.
Many times, we have hopes, dreams and goals for our children as well. We should at least have the same standard set for ourselves as we do for the next generation. Somewhere along this road of life, many people assume that happiness is reserved for the “other guy”, but not necessarily something that they will experience fully. Let’s explore why a dentist is (or is not) happy in life and practice.

There are 5 areas that are mainly associated with happiness in business and in life. Many dentists that I work with are extremely happy in one realm of their practice, but don’t fully enjoy other areas of the business of dentistry. More…