29 Jan Best Practices Make Perfect
If you’ve ever played an instrument or even participated in sports, chances are that your teacher or coach repeated the saying “practice makes perfect” to you more than once or twice. Well, you may not have wanted to hear it at the time but it’s good advice. Actually, it applies to everything that you want to do well.
Especially in your career.
You’ve probably heard of the common term best practices from the business world. Of course, this doesn’t refer to dental practices, but to commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective. For example, the fast food giant McDonald’s has best practices which refer to how they ensure best methods in daily food preparation, storage, and serving. Just like how your piano teacher or football coach encouraged you to practice before a concert or big game, McDonald’s repeats best practices for proficiency to ensure that the cheese always gets on a cheeseburger and that your Big Mac always has its signature sauce. And while their sauce may be a well-kept secret, the fast food industry regularly holds conferences where information regarding best practices is openly shared amongst its professionals.
To avoid confusion I will refer to the business term best practices as best models in regard to dentistry. The truth is that dentistry does not have best models. Why not? Because dentists don’t have the opportunity to share practice management information with each other in the same way business CEO’s do.
There is also the fear that if dentists do share practice management information, somehow their practice will be hurt competitively. However, the opposite is true. By sharing and gaining best model information, everyone benefits and grows. Given that 54% of Americans go to the dentist annually, there are more than enough patients for all of the dental practices in the country.
A great deal of the lost production that is felt by practices today is because they are not operating with best models. The only way to be able to learn and employ these best models is within a group sharing method. But while dentists often get together in study clubs to discuss clinical cases and advance their technical knowledge, there has not been a format or opportunity for them to come together and share practice information in the best interests of everyone in the group.
One of the best ways to go from good to great is to practice. And the best way for dentist to do that is to get best models that they can perfect from other doctors willing to share information with honesty and transparency. Dentists might be surprised to find best models that have helped a large number of practices go on to enjoy great prosperity and success. I invite you to explore Dental Business Study Clubs and seek out that same success for your practice.