productivity

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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Bullies

How To Handle Bullies, Complainers, Critics and Whiners

One of the staff at your office is demanding you do part of her or his job without pay or credit. What do you say to them? A patient rips your face off when you presented the bill to him? How do you handle it? Your father constantly criticizes your work and tells you what

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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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Consultants

What Works When Managing Your Practice?

Which of these five statements do you believe are true? My business rises and falls based on the economy. My success is largely determined by luck. The weather influences my numbers hugely. I believe in fate and whatever happens, happens. My income controls me more than I control it. Of course, all of these statements

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Micromanaging: A Balancing Act

Being a good and effective executive, whether as the practice owner or the office manager, is sometimes like walking a tightrope without aerialist training.  Step over the edge on either side and there can be serious negative results. Coaching and training your staff on how you want your practice procedures to be performed is a

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Treatment Acceptance

Treatment Acceptance

A new patient enters your practice and sits in your dental chair and hands you their dentures.  This, however, is not the start of the sales process – that started before they even got to your practice. The beginning of the whole process is the method by which the new patient found you and chose

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Profit Loss

Are You Giving Away Your Profit?

This has been a hot topic since time immemorial.  While fee guides exist, there is often pressure to discount based on other low-ballers in the neighborhood and also pressure from the patients themselves. Dartboard approach to fee setting While provincial fee guides may not be perfect, they are far better than using a dartboard to

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Good to Great

From Good to Great

Interested in increasing the flow of new patients or clients into your practice? If yes, you are not alone as about 95% of healthcare practices still have room to grow. Even if you are fully booked, there is always a need for new clientele because of natural attrition due to people moving on and passing

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The Real Reason For Stress and Burnout

Someone once commented that the only stress free state is when you are dead. It is my belief however that most of us would prefer to be stress free in this lifetime! The current idea of “learning how to live with it”, while intellectually clever, is not one that we can readily accept or should

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