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Management When you take the time to define your core values and live by them, decision-making becomes extremely easy. You don't have to push your team forward. The mission, vision and values pull them in the right direction.
The Long-Term Effects of Short-Term Thinking In a new podcast with Dr. David Phelps, we talk about short-term thinking and the damaging effects this has on long-term results. It reminded me of the conversation I had with Dorie Clark on The Burleson Box podcast. She has a great book called The Long Game - How to be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. Dorie told me, “You know you’re getting this right when you’ve put the proper systems in place so that your business doesn’t collapse if you’re not working 24/7.” Smart people like Warren Buffett and the late, great Charlie Munger understand this fundamental…
Nurturing Team Harmony: A Guide for Orthodontists to Boost Employee Satisfaction The Challenge of Employee Discontent In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the challenges we face extend beyond the patient's chair. As leaders in orthodontics, it's crucial to recognize the growing issue of employee discontent within our teams. Despite increased investments in employee benefits during the pandemic, many orthodontic professionals find themselves grappling with rising dissatisfaction among their valuable staff. Stephan Scholl, CEO of Alight Solutions, rightly pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal article by Vanessa Fuhrmans and Lindsay Ellis that increased spending on benefits doesn't always translate into happier employees. "In an Alight survey of 2,000 U.S. employees…
Peak Performance Unleashed: Breaking the Cycle The iconic struggle between Charlie Brown and Lucy in the Peanuts gang mirrors the challenges many of us face in achieving our goals. Every new year, we set ambitious resolutions, only to find ourselves tripped up by our own habits and routines, much like Lucy pulling away the football just as Charlie is about to kick it to the moon. In this blog post, we'll explore how to break free from the Lucy Effect and achieve peak performance in 2023, drawing insights from our online training, "Peak Performance for Healthcare Providers." Key Concepts from Peak Performance:   Mindful Productivity with…
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Spreading Love and Smiles: Free Valentine’s Day Orthodontic Marketing Templates As Cupid prepares to draw back his bow, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our amazing orthodontic community members – that means you! Your unwavering support and dedication to creating beautiful smiles have made our journey together truly special. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we've got a little something special for you. Drumroll, please... FREE Valentine's Day Marketing Templates We know running an orthodontic practice comes with its unique set of challenges, and we're here to make your life a bit easier. Our team has crafted some delightful…
The End of Averages – How to Set an Effective Marketing Budget In his 2015 book, The End of Average, Todd Rose cautions against the pitfalls of designing systems based on averages, a concept he calls "averagarianism." He argues that relying on the mean or judging success in terms of deviation from the mean can lead to ineffective and potentially harmful outcomes. Rose cites the example of Gilbert Daniels, a researcher in the 1950s whose work prompted the U.S. Air Force to design personalized cockpit features for pilots of various shapes and sizes, moving away from the notion of a standard, average pilot. This innovation significantly improved safety records. The essence of…
Why it’s Critical (and Profitable) to Offer Remote Monitoring in Your Practice In the wake of the recent bankruptcy filing by SmileDirectClub for voluntary protection under Chapter 11, a dialogue has opened up in the industry about the efficacy of using online aligner companies. Practitioners agree that the company proved one critical theory to be true – patients appreciate and will embrace avoiding office visits for aligner treatments. They prefer remote care that doesn’t complicate their daily lives. In Hand Dental absolutely believes in the value of teledentistry – but we are also strong advocates about the need for all dental patients, especially those who’ve invested in clear aligners – to regularly…
Leadership Inspire and motivate your team, foster a positive work environment and boost employee morale. Learn how to make informed decisions, set clear goals and allocate resources efficiently so that patient care and outcomes are maximized. A culture of excellence, innovation and compassion begins here.
The Purpose, Work, and Meaning of Life. Psychiatrist and author, David Viscott said, "The purpose of life is to discover your gift, the work of life is to develop it, and the meaning of life is to give your gift away."  I'm not certain I understood this early in my career. I was too busy focused on external metrics like practice growth. I was constantly striving to prove myself to others and to assuage self-doubt and fear. I grew up with role models who instilled work ethic and diligence into me from a young age. I also grew up in the 1980s when movies like "The Meaning…
Rediscovering the Lost Art of Conversation Hey there, it's Dustin, and I'm excited to announce the latest episode of The Burleson Box. Today's episode is a special one as we explore a topic that lies at the heart of human connection – the lost art of conversation. Joining me on the show is the insightful John Bowe, author of "I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection." Together, we dive into the profound impact of speech training, the healing power of words, and the ancient wisdom that could revolutionize the way we communicate. The Decline of Conversational Education:…
On Failure Most people think of failure in the wrong way. They see it as simply negative. We’re conditioned through school – and healthcare providers go through a lot of school – that our biggest fear becomes failing. This is unfortunate. You should think of failure as a temporary defeat. You’ve learned over and over again that thinks either work or they don’t work. From the time you learned to walk and through school and starting your practice, many things have worked and many things have not worked. Yet, we convince ourselves from today forward that everything is just going to work.…
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