Doctor, Live And Let Go Of The Minutia
With the New Year here thoughts undoubtedly turn to New Year’s resolutions. What are you going to do differently this year than you did last year? Are you going to work out more and eat healthier so you can lose weight? Are you going to attempt to quit smoking? Maybe you will decide to try to be more patient with people. Whatever is decided for a resolution, most of the promises will be made on a personal level. While this is important, it is just as essential to make a professional resolution.
The goal of a resolution is to improve over the next 12 months so at the end of 2009 your life is in a better place than it was at the end of 2008. What are some professional pledges that can be made? The first issue to be decided upon is what areas are lacking. There may be many areas that could stand to be improved upon. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
While these are some common areas that hygiene departments need assistance with, every practice has its own special needs.
Oftentimes when people make personal resolutions they need to seek assistance from an outside source. How many weight loss centers are available to assist with weight issues? Look in the yellow pages to find work out facilities. There are an abundance of them. These services help the client assess where they are, how they got there, develop a plan to improve and most important of all assist the client in reaching the goals of the plan.
While facilities exist for these services, what aid can dental professionals seek to assist with their issues? Consulting services have been developed for this very reason. The Hygiene Practice Enrichment Program, available through McKenzie Management, has been specifically designed to address issues within the hygiene department. It is apparent hygienists have been well trained in their formal education to perform hygiene services. With time, hygienists improve their clinical skills through treating patients on a daily basis. They are not however, trained on how to assess strengths and weaknesses that exist in the clinical practice. Typically, the dentist has not been trained to assess the hygienist’s strengths or weaknesses either. Offices need assistance in assessing of the current state of their hygiene operations, determining what inefficiencies exist with current systems/skills which led to the current situation and most importantly, development and implementation of a plan to rid the department of these problems.
McKenzie Management hygiene consultants have been extensively trained to be able to thoroughly assess the strengths and weakness of hygiene operations. Their knowledge base is broad and includes practical hands-on hygiene experience, academia as published authors, national speakers and are recognized as experts in their field.
Exploration, education, recommendations and implementation are the goals at hand. “Light bulb” moments abound, minds are opened, ideas are shared, and plans are developed and executed. Results are measurable and positive. Lives of team members and patients are changed for the better.
If you feel that, “2009 is Your Time to Shine” make a professional resolution this year. Begin this process by contacting McKenzie Managements Director of Hygiene. You are sure to be successful at making your resolution a reality!
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Dr. Nancy Haller
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Write yourself a letter.
It’s the beginning of a new year. 2009. Perhaps you’re thinking, where did all the time go? And maybe you’re asking yourself, did I accomplish everything I wanted to do?
The trouble is that unless you took the time to write down your goals last year it will be hard to answer that question. You don’t have any documentation.
In his book, See You at the Top, motivational author and speaker Zig Zigler writes, “If you want to reach your goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal”. His words are substantiated by research findings about the power of visualization. Here’s a fun way to motivate yourself and set some images in your mind for the year ahead.
The first step is to fast forward in time. Imagine the date is January 1, 2010, one year from today. You are looking back over the past 365 days, feeling proud of all the things you achieved.
Now sit down and write yourself a letter. Allow yourself to have fun and be creative, especially with the feelings of excitement about all you have done. This letter is not the place to start writing specific time bound objectives, strategies and plans. Rather, it is a chance for you to direct your imagination into thinking playfully yet seriously about what it is that you want to achieve.
January 1, 2010
What an incredible year it’s been! You’ve worked hard and it’s paid off.
As you write this letter, recount the events of 2009 in past tense…as if it’s already happened to you. Describe the adventures you’ve encountered, the places you’ve visited, and all the people you’ve met. Talk about the fun you’ve experienced over the year. Be as specific as possible in describing the successes you have achieved.
In particular, explain the improvements in your practice. Talk about the changes you’ve made in how you behave, and how that’s enabled you to be a better leader with your team. How you manage conflict constructively and communicate more effectively. Boast a bit about how you’ve increased your percentage of treatment conversions and especially about what you did to make that happen.
All that said, be real. You’re probably not going to triple your income over the next year. Nor will you be taking three months off to travel around the world in all likelihood. The purpose of this exercise is to strive for base hits, not home runs.
When you’ve finished your letter, sign it and make a few copies. Keep one by your computer and/or in your personal appointment book so you can read it over the next 12 months.
Put one copy into a self-addressed stamped envelope. Then place it into a larger envelope and give it to a friend. Include a note asking the friend to mail the first envelope back to you on December 30, 2009, the end of this year.
Over the next 365 days, you’ll need to keep yourself on track. To do this, schedule reflection time once each week. This is a short period of time, say 10-15 minutes. But it is sacred time. No filling it up with other tasks. This is quiet time for yourself. Honor it as you would in keeping a patient appointment. You’ll also need to get a notebook or design a log to answer the following questions:
Make this year your best year. Write a letter to yourself and watch in amazement as you create a roadmap to a better life. And when you receive your letter at this same time next year, you’ll have a yardstick by which you can evaluate your progress. And I bet you’ll have lots to celebrate.
Happy New Year!
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