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Monday, February 25, 2013

Looking in the Mirror

When you wake up in the morning it is easy to look around and blame everyone for the bad things in your life. You can ask, why your boss doesn't finish on time and your home late at night? Or you can stop and look in the mirror.

This week I went to a conference and I learned a valuable lesson.

 I was listening to a key note speaker and they asked us to look in the mirror. As I did this I contemplated the situation with my oldest. He was doing math one day and I was attempting to help. He wasn't getting it, "I asked why don't you understand?"

 The answer, because I hadn't taken the time to teach him. 

He started arguing with me, and I asked him, "why do you always argue with me."

 The answer because I was arguing with him.

"Why can't you change? You always do this?"

He can't change his habits because I haven't changed mine.

It's easy to sit at the desk and expect your employees to change, it's hard work to work with your team and learn new strategy's and to set your ego aside, but it's worth it.

But if you stop, "turn the window into a mirror you can begin the real work of changing your life and taking it where you want.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chosing your attitude

Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you have a choice over yourself? We can wake up going through the motions of the day or we can chose the attitude we are going to have and enjoy the opportunities that are in front of us. Take a step back and reevaluate how you move through your life. Do you want to learn how to be more positive and to motivate your employees?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Your Destiny

What choices have you made today? Did you make a choice and then immediately regret it? Or did you say something you wanted to take back? Next time your in this situation say this saying to yourself. It can help remind you to make a different choice. 

 Watch your thoughts, they become words. 
     Watch your words, they become actions. 
          Watch your actions, They become habits. 
              Watch your habits, they become character. 
                  Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
                                        Author Unknown

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Social Media

You might be asking yourself why social media? What can it really do for me? I don't need to tell my patients what I'm doing. However, social media sites are a great, free way to advertise and connect with your current patients.  It can also help you find new patients. These days, patient reviews are important and social media is a great way to post those happy reviews for other new patients to see. 

Which sites should you be on?

1. Facebook

2. Yelp

3. Twitter

4. Google Plus

5. Linkedin

What should you post?

You can post updates on new technology you have in your practice or an event going on in your office or close to home. If you have discounts you can post those as well.  Facebook is great for articles that relate to dentistry and help support oral health care. 
 Don't get overwhelmed. Start small, maybe try one for awhile and then move on from there. I suggest doing some research to see what other individuals in the same field are posting.  

How many times should you post? 
Facebook-once a day
Twitter-Twice a day
Google Plus-once a day
Linkedin-Once a day or every other day

This may sound like a lot so if you don't have the time to walk around tweeting about the new x-ray machine you have, that is okay. There is a simple solution, hootsuite will allow you to write or create your posts and then schedule when you want them to post. This makes keeping up on your social media an easier job. Or find someone at your office that enjoys updating and being on Facebook. It can become your greatest assets    

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Inspire equals leadership

How do you inspire your staff?

It is easy to say I will take care of that when I have time. I will improve the recare system when my schedule opens up or I will fix efficiency when a patient cancels. However, in business there is always something to do and you can't wait for your schedule to open up to make the necessary changes or to work with your staff. The time is now and it's everyday. 

I was recently reading the book 151 ways to inspire your staff and the very first assignment it asks you to do is to, "write on a 3 x 5 card, posted above your desk somewhere you will see it every time you sit down, write: "I will work on my business-and my team-today." (Jerry R. Wilson, CSP, Pg. 13)

This is an excellent way to remind yourself that time does not become available you have to take time everyday to improve your business and to work with your team.

With that being said, how do you help improve the day to day in your office? How do you inspire staff to step up for your patients? 

This week: Focus on being absolutely sold on your product and the work you do in the office. If you are absolutely sold on what you do, you will inspire your staff to believe to.

Monday, February 4, 2013

One Month

About a month has gone by since your office made their new goals for the new year. Or those tired and true New Years resolutions were made. Can you remember the day? Were you standing in front of your bathroom mirror and you made that solumn promise to yourself that this year you would turn your business around? Or did you look your office staff in the eye and say this would be the year of lunch everyday and ending on time?

And one month later are you still keeping that promise to yourself and your office? Well if not, take the time to evaluate why not? What can you do to pick it back up? Or is it time to tweak it because the change was not working the way you wanted it to? What ever your answer is to this question, don't give up. Now is the time to pick back up the momentum and bring about those needed successes for your business.

If you are still on track to reach your resolution, congratulations. Keep moving forward.

However, if you are not, do not worry you are not alone but that doesn't mean you have to wait till next year to see change.  Make a new plan, reevaluate your goals, write down the steps your going to take to achieve that goal.  You might need to meet with your team and discuss what has happened or why you reverted back and make a new plan with them.  Success is waiting for you and your team and you do have the power as the leader of the team to take it in the direction you want it to go. Just don't give up.