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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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    Culture is What You Walk Past

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    I generally try to avoid politically-motivated topics in this Food for Thought series. Even though it has been particularly difficult to resist this election season, this month’s topic is more inspired by a news story than the current political climate and should be viewed as such. We have all heard, or heard of, the lewd comments that […]

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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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  • Cloud Technology in your Modern Practice

    Charts in the Cloud, who owns the data?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    When we buy a paper book or a DVD video what we are really doing is assuring access to that “content” whenever we want. If we want to read it or view it we just go to the shelf and get it. But if we can just go to the Internet and get it streamed […]

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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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    New Healthcare Domains

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    The new healthcare domains are significantly more expensive than the usual .com domains. Around $65 as opposed to $10 or less for most .com names. ….. Check to see if your domain is available with our Domain Name Search tool. Source: Domain Name Registration | Domain Name Search | NetworkSolutions.com At this time people think […]

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    Don’t sell donuts

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Quality of revenue is achieved by brand positioning (what customers think of you), product positioning (what customers think of your product) and price positioning (what customers think of your value). You must actively and intentionally manage all three.

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    Data Driven Patient Satisfaction for your Practice

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Yes, I admit it – I LOVE DATA! In this article I will detail some real life examples from my group dental practice of how objective data can support best possible customer satisfaction. Customer service is more than a smile and the warm and fuzzies.Let’s start with asking what are the primary goals of your […]

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Articles

Change: Realize Your Greatest Potential
Aug
5

What are you waiting for?

It’s pretty clear the world is changing at a remarkable pace. And this pace, as overwhelming as it feels today, is poised to steadily increase – many say it will continue to double every five years. So if you thought the last 20 years were something, the next 20 will be something else. For example, […]

bluetooth-toothbrush
Jul
29

Changing dental insurance with a connected toothbrush

From Fortune: …a dental insurance company, giving connected toothbrushes to policy holders makes all the sense in the world. Knowing that your policyholders brush their teeth on the regular means they are less likely to develop cavities and other issues associated with high claims. The insurer might even be able to promote more brushing or […]

reward-employee
Jul
22

Mediocrity Invited: how to encourage high performers

In most of our companies we have a big sign with bold letters over the main door into our building. It has been there a long time and is such a regular part of the fixtures that we have lost sight of it. Although we diligently practice what the sign says, few of us, if […]

Third Generation Online Referrals
Jun
24

Third Generation Online Referrals

First generation attempts to create digital referral slips simply recreate the paper form in an electronic format, usually pdf. The referring dentist needs to download and print the form then fill in the information (patient name, practice information, tooth #, diagnosis etc.) by hand. The patient takes the form to the specialist and the data […]

what-customers-want
Jun
17

3 Reasons You Can’t Just Ask Customers What They Want

From TechCrunch: “The first reason you can’t just ask customers what they want is that they aren’t always attuned to what they really need. Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” via 3 Reasons You Can’t Just Ask Customers What They Want | TechCrunch. I first […]

Why go paperless?
May
27

Why go Paperless? What I have now works and doesn’t cost a thing.

Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $2.50 each. If you have 2500 charts they cost you at least $6,250 to create and every time a new patient walks in it’s another two-fifty; cha-ching. Other chart contents, like X-Rays and photographs can […]