• Is your office embezzle-proof? – Part 1

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    PART 1 – Recognizing Embezzlement Red Flags The Dental CFO You practice dentistry because you enjoy helping patients. At the same time, you went into business to make a profit. What happens when you discover that a trusted employee is stealing your profits? Think it cannot happen to you? Think again…no one is immune! In […]

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  • Growing a dental practice in a rural small community – Dr. Bryant Birch

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Are you living under the illusion that advanced dentistry is just a big-city thing? That your success is limited because you’re in a rural area? You’ll think again after hearing Dr. Bryant Birch’s story in today’s episode. The nation’s mentality is changing, and technology is being welcomed and expected. Listen to T-Bone’s conversation with Dr. […]

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  • Practice Technologist

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Times are changing fast and technology is the primary driver of change. You will Lose Your job to Technology, Unless… For years I skated around the worry that technology would take jobs away from dentists and dental staff. I can no longer make that claim. Your job in dentistry will go away or at least […]

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  • When Does Empowerment Become Entitlement?

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Do you sometimes feel that some of your employees exhibit a sense of entitlement? Have you questioned whether it’s you or them? Did you do something to cause it, or are they just inherently that way? Or do you just chalk it up to the nature of the current generation? All of these generalizations might […]

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  • Build a Stronger Dental Team with 5 Simple Steps

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    An efficient dental care team is theBaseball Team backbone of a successful clinic, improving its day-to-day operations as well as patient satisfaction. If your team works together smoothly, the benefits affect every aspect of your practice in a positive manner, thus reducing time and enhancing performance. If your team has any shortcomings with motivation, productivity […]

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  • The 6 Most Effective Principles for Dental Practice Management

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Can dentistry be a profitable profession? Ask practice owners that question, and many will nod their heads in agreement. Like any professional services firm, however, every successful dental office started from humble beginnings. Practice owners, at the beginning of their careers tend to stumble about running their dental offices, learning things along the way and […]

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  • Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    More wisdom from Seth Godin: Three things to keep in mind about your reputation Your reputation has as much impact on your life as what you actually do. Early assumptions about you are sticky and are difficult to change. The single best way to maintain your reputation is to do things you’re proud of. Gaming […]

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  • If Your Hygienists Aren’t Doing This, You’re Cheating Your Practice and Patients

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    Ok. I am going to make a bold statement. Well, it’s not really that bold. My hygienists are the lifeblood of my general practice. I use the term ‘general’ practice very intentionally in that statement. I don’t have exact stats, but my guess would be that 75% of my general dental practice care is driven through the […]

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  • Getting More Reviews

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

      I’ve heard over and over again how important reviews are to a practice. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day. I was visiting another city and was looking for a great place to eat. And of course it had to be a Thai restaurant. How did I decide where to […]

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  • Moving to the Right – Your Dental Journey

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    I got a day off today and I sat down and thought about how I’ve ‘reinvented’ myself many times over the past 15 years. Whether it’s as a dental educator or as a practicing dentist.These days when I speak it’s not so much about clinical techniques, but more about your journey. We go through 3 […]

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Articles

Jun
25

Why Become a Dentist. My Thoughts, Then and Now

It seems to me that goals and aspirations upon entering dentistry have changed drastically over the years. A few weeks ago, I was attending a conference and the subject arose as to “Why did you become a dentist?” I thought this was a really easy question until I tried to write down the reasons that […]

Jun
18

Three Paperless Forms Options

Forms and signatures are one of the essentials of record keeping. How then can you have a paperless record? There are three methods to gather the information electronically and totally bypass the paper (paperless forms). Tablet PC: A tablet PC is a mobile computer in the shape of a slate. The i-Pad is the best known tablet […]

Jun
10

Managerial Discretion: Its Privileges and Obligations

Credit for this article’s topic goes to Steve Cobb, Chairman of Henny Penny who shared with us this idea during a workshop that we recently did with his executives. An hourly employee stuffing sausages at a sausage factory is expected to put in 40 hours a week and get paid for 40 hours of work. […]

Jun
4

Are you consistent at “The Front of the House”?

I have discovered a nice new resource called Opticall: “…consistency is the building block of trust.  From the first phone call to the first impression when a prospect walks through the door, controlling the consistency of communication, the consistency of their experience, is the secret sauce.  It’s what makes your practice both comfortable, and memorable.” via Is Your […]

May
28

Are you an Intentional Leader? Linear or Non-Linear Thinker?

Are you a Linear or Non-Linear Thinker? Last article we discussed the value of specific and diffuse conversations. This article we examine a related topic of linear and non-linear thinking. Have you ever heard somebody comment that so-and-so is a “linear thinker?” Or, somebody might proudly say, “I am a non-linear thinker.” What do they […]

May
21

Trust but verify

“Trust but Verify” This phrase was a favorite saying of Ronald Reagan, made popular during his dealings with the Soviet Union. He was quoting Felix Dzerzhinsky, one of the architects of the Soviet Secret Police. Ronald Reagan was someone I found very trustworthy. Trust. Everyone wants to be trusted. Most of us begin the day expecting to […]