You Don’t Have All The Answers – Bring in Outside Experts

by Dr. Ron Arndt

Dental Practice Champion
Mickey had Minnie; Abbott had Costello; Lucy had Ethel. Peanut butter has jelly; Oreos have milk. Heck, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Why do you think you have to do it all on your own? This is akin to how men drive: they are most definitely lost beyond all recognition, yet refuse to ask for directions.

  • If hygiene production is an issue → bring in someone who has established a successful hygiene program.
  • If team communication is an issue → invite a trainer to lead your meeting and teach interpersonal skills.
  • If keeping track of practice numbers is a concern → bring in a CPA or accountant.

No need to be macho, it’s very cool to ask for help! (I had to learn this the hard way and it damn near killed me.) When you ask for help, not only will the practice improve, team meetings will become more fun and productive.

Avoid the trap of assuming that you, alone, have to make every decision you face. It’s not your job to make all the right calls … your job is to make sure all the right calls get made.

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