Years ago, when I was active on my local dental society board, our members were very concerned about the managed care juggernaut that was moving up the freeway from the south -- threatening to engulf our local dental community.
There are fundamental characteristics most dentists share. Dentists tend to be: analytical, compassionate, introverted, and linear thinking. These are attributes which often create an aptitude for being an effective doctor and microsurgeon, but not necessarily the leader of a dental practice in today’s marketplace. Indeed, in those practices in which I have consulted, leadership was the most common issue challenging the owner/dentist.
It is well known that those who can clearly define their measures of success and envision the process of reaching their goals, have the highest probability of achievement.
Even with the uncertainty that still exists, it’s time to take action and lead your dental practice teams back to the process of routine patient care…
Last week I responded to an email from a dentist who practices within my CDA component, the Redwood Empire Dental Society. He/she is an associate employed by a doctor I’ve never met.
In a recent COVID-19 newsletter, CDA announced the creation of an “Economic Recovery Workgroup” that will help members with a number of issues including “working with dental benefit companies.”
During the COVID-19 crisis, my confidence in our political leaders and those who report on them has ebbed to a remarkably low level. It seems that since there is so little that is actually known about the etiology and rates of infection, scientific veracity has been replaced by platitudes and hyperbole.