Thursday Troubleshooter: The dentist fires up the team, then doesn't carry through great ideas

THe dental team is frustrated because they can't move forward with great ideas QUESTION: I really like the office I work in, but I’m experiencing some frustration. Our doctor says he wants to grow the practice and implement some changes to take our practice to the next level. The problem is, our team gets excited about the changes we discuss, and when we attempt to implement the new ideas, he gets wishy-washy and will not follow through. Sometimes it seems like we’re more excited about growing the practice than he is. Any suggestions?     ANSWER FROM ROBIN MORRISON, RLM Healthcare Marketing, and Dental Consultant Connection

Mar 13th, 2014
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QUESTION: I really like the office I work in, but the team and I are experiencing some frustration. Our doctor says he wants to grow the practice and implement some changes to take the practice to the next level. The problem is, our team gets excited about the changes we discuss, and when we attempt to implement the new ideas, the dentist gets wishy-washy and will not follow through. Sometimes it seems like we’re more excited about growing the practice than he is. Any suggestions?

ANSWER FROM ROBIN MORRISON, RLM Healthcare Marketing, and Dental Consultant Connection:
This is fairly common in many dental practices. Every business owner would like to improve his or her business. The issue is, the owner must do the work to make it happen. It sounds as though you have a great team and you definitely do not want the team to lose their enthusiasm.

I would suggest you schedule a meeting as soon as possible and make sure that all team members are present, including the doctor. At this meeting, discuss the new practice goals and what the team feels it will take to achieve them. Once the team is in agreement, create a timeline that includes each step, the implementation dates, and who is responsible (including the doctor). I’ve found that you have a much better chance of follow through when a date and responsible party are agreed upon. Finally, I recommend having each team member sign the timeline, and then commit to one another to follow through. This will create accountability for all parties, and hopefully get your practice on the road to the next level.

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