Sure, if you’re going to be a successful dentist with a profitable practice, you’re going to need a plan. A practice vision, mission and daily production goals are all important pieces, and holding daily and monthly meetings will get your team involved and help keep you on track. That’s a great start, but it doesn’t end there.
Here are four tips designed to strengthen your team and help you meet your practice goals.
1. Hire the right people. While daily and monthly meetings foster a collaborative environment where everyone is encouraged to give their input, you still need to have the right people in the right positions for the best results. Bad hires simply hold your practice back and lead to frustration for everyone involved. To avoid this, don’t just hire the first person to come along with an impressive resume. Instead, put a hiring process in place to ensure you bring in the best candidates. You’ll find your meetings are much more effective when you have team members in the right jobs.
2. Offer direction. Team members need guidance from you, the practice CEO, otherwise they’ll feel lost and even unhappy. This direction should come in the form of detailed job descriptions that include performance measurements, proper training and continual feedback.
3. Squash staff conflict. There’s not much that’s more distracting—or damaging—than staff conflict. When you notice tension among team members, don’t just ignore it and hope they work their issues out on their own. Talk with team members involved and work together to find a solution that helps move the practice forward.
4. Know when you need help. If your systems are suffering and you’re not sure what to do, don’t feel like you and your team members have to figure it all out on your own. Hire a dental consultant to help you through it instead. The right consultant will reduce your stress and get your practice on the road toward success and profitability.
There’s a lot that goes into running a successful dental practice. These are just a few tips to help you get started on making positive changes. Feel free to contact me if you need more direction: 877-777-6151