Management consulting

Attitude is Everything!

  Don’t you hate it when you ask someone to do something and they say “No” point blank as the first word out of their mouth? Or they say “I can’t,” or “I won’t,” or “never,” or “impossible”? Negativity is very off-putting and individuals who get into this way of handling things are often avoided

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The Definition of Insanity

Recently, a healthcare professional came to us saying he needs to change the way he does things because it’s not working for him. He asked me if I’d heard the famous saying, “The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” And yes, we are quite familiar

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Profit

Myths about Making Profit

Whether you own a practice or work in a practice, you probably have the same wish for left over income that you can put away for the future, right? Most people have their eye on something they would like to do or have, and that becomes a goal to work towards achieving. Having enough “profit”

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Barriers to Your Dreams

As a practice owner and healthcare professional, have you ever caught yourself thinking (or saying) any of the following: Most marketing doesn’t work This patient or client won’t go ahead with what I am presenting My staff are not on board with me/against me My practice numbers are declining because of a recession, or the

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Ejecting a Patient or Client

Have you ever had a patient or client like this: “Where did you say you got your degree?” “Why can’t you run on time?” “Whose vacation am I paying for anyway?” “You’re hurting me.” “Your staff is rude to me.” “Your lack of parking facilities is a pain in the butt.” “Your fees are too

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Emotions

10 Reasons a Patient Would Leave You

Most patients or clients are not fickle. They have particularities and specific needs, and some are more challenging than others. The first appointment with them is of course crucial for the building of the relationship, but every appointment after that is just as vital.  Besides patients moving on (new city) or passing on, here are

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Field Of Dreams

A practice owner of two years recently told me that he had the idea from the movie “Field of Dreams” that “if you build it they will come”. In starting his practice from scratch, he thought that the referrals from happy clients would create the practice and rapidly fill it up. After two years of

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The Ideal Employee

If one were to stand in the shoes of an employer and ask oneself, what are the qualities of an ideal staff member, one might find the following items are on the list: 1. Don’t be a clock watcher. If you come early each day and stay till your job is done, even if it

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Want to reduce your stress?

As a practice owner, life can be a bit (or a lot) hectic and aggravating (with all the decisions to be made) and tricky (dealing with certain patient/client situations) and demoralizing (when you see your profits plummet at the end of the month and you don’t know why) and even feels like a war zone

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Is Marketing Driving You Crazy?

Marketing, marketing, marketing. Once upon a time, you just had to rent a space (oops, marketing), put a sign out front so people knew you were there (oops, more marketing), and you would attract patients or clients who would then tell others about you (oops, even more marketing), and your practice would fill up. Hmmm…

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Multi-Tasking

Multi-tasking: The Invisible Time Thief

Have you ever had a day where it was non-stop multi-tasking? Staff interrupting you while you’re trying to write up some charts, while handling supplier phone calls, while trying to read resumes to decide which one to hire, while checking your Blackberry or iPhone for emails and texts, all the while wondering why so many

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Statistics Are Slippery Things!

When managing a business or a practice, keeping an accurate tabulation of your production is extremely useful.  If you don’t know the results of various actions or all your hard work, you can’t assess whether you are being successful or not. If a healthcare practitioner tells me they billed a certain number last week, I

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