By: David Milligan Salt DPM Consultant
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I have always enjoyed watching sports. As a youngster I started watching The Wide World of Sports. It was the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat that kept me engaged. My grandmother and I would trade off. If I watched Laurence Whelk with her, then she would watch The Wide World of Sports with me. I remember watching one Sunday when a ski jumper slipped and fell just before the end of the 90 meter hill. Fortunately he didn’t die. He did however suffer a major concussion. On any given Sunday he could see himself on the opening of the show crashing over and over, and right after his crash the announcer word say “ and the agony of defeat”. It didn’t seem fair he had worked so hard for his team and this is how he is remembered. The sad fact is it happens in our dental offices as well. If we make a mistake, patients talk about it over and over.
In the two stories, both athletes were ready to sacrifice their bodies for the team and eventually both did. In every organization at any given moment, everyone must be ready to sacrifice for the team. Thank goodness when we talk about sacrificing for the team in Dentistry we are talking about covering for someone who is sick or maybe working late or stepping away from our egos and asking for help. What does it take to be a team player? As a leader your team must know what your expectations are. In the current environment, if your team is not a high functioning, talented group, you may not survive. In Price Pritchett’s book, The Team Members Hand Book for Team Work he talks about what it takes to have a great team. Here are a few of the points from the book.
Article originally published by: Tri-County Dental Society