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Can You STILL Be Happy in Private Practice?

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It is always interesting to observe how perspectives change from one generation to the next. While consulting with a dentist in Ottawa approximately 10 years ago, a 4 th -year dental student dropped by.

Education Needs to be a Team Effort!

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It is an interesting contradiction to talk to dental students about the importance of learning about the business side of dentistry.

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Do You Really Want to Give Up on Hygiene?

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We know the pandemic has had a profound impact on the dental profession. Hygiene, in particular, has been hit hard, with a number of hygienists seeing it as a sign to change careers.

Are You Ready to be Creative?

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I was recently asked by a dentist to look into my crystal ball and tell them what I see for the future of dentistry. We know that when one is trying to predict the future, one must be prepared to be wrong more often than they are right!

Care to Lead

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Many of you are likely familiar with the work of Brené Brown. She has become a renowned coach and thought leader on the topic of, well, leadership. Her books, such as Dare to Lead, have taught us that leadership is not merely about who delivers the best “rah rah…rally the troops” speech.

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Your Best Business Decision for 2022: Invest in You!

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Here we are starting off a new year. Sadly, it feels like more of the same. The pandemic is still raging as a new variant has taken off. That means all the talk is on boosters, restrictions on public gatherings and shut downs!

You NEED to be the Ideal Employer

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“ Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to!” – Sir Richard Branson. At a time of incredible labour shortages for so many dental positions, the ability to attract and keep top level talent is proving to be as challenging as it is critical.

Playing the Game of Employee Roulette?

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You have dramatically increased salaries…you offered thousands of dollars as a signing bonus…and now, you are spinning the wheel yet again…waiting to see if you will still have all your employees at work today. Welcome to the world of employee roulette!

It’s SUMMERTIME! This is Why We Cross-train!

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Just to be clear, the link between cross-training and summer has nothing to do with peak fitness so we look great in our summer wardrobe! Well…it could be about that. But not in an article for a dental publication.

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I Don’t Want to Play Employee Roulette: What Do I Do?

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In my last blog , I touched upon the idea that proper onboarding of a new team member was vital to avoid playing the current, far too popular game of employee roulette. Many of my colleagues agree that most dental offices have historically struggled with onboarding and training.

The More Things Change, The More They Should NOT Remain the Same!

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Welcome to 2021! I hope that you and your loved ones have managed to remain healthy and safe throughout the Holiday Season! Every year at this time, we have likely just finished reflecting on the year that was and are still thinking about the year ahead. .

Economic Challenges Ahead

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It seems like it has been forever since we could turn on the news and see anything remotely positive.

Fear: It May Be a GREAT Motivator…But it Seldom Motivates You Toward Greatness!

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We see it in our daily news coverage…particularly now! We see it in many of our regular, commercial advertisements to purchase this product or that service or something bad will happen. We see it in our daily news coverage…particularly now! .

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What If It’s NOT All Covid’s Fault?

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Have you sat down with your accountant yet to review your 2020 financial statements? Now is the time of year many of you are doing just that! And let’s face it…looking at those numbers after a year of Covid is not likely to help chase away the February Blues…even as we move into March!

Your Leadership Mettle is Being Tested!

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After an early summer that seemed so promising, signs of a 4th wave are leaving all of us wondering what is next. How will we end 2021 and how will we begin 2022? Let’s face it…business planning has likely never been more challenging than it is right now!

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Do You Really Want to Wing It?

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We know the world is showing signs of re-opening and that is a time for cautious optimism. Cautious because it seems we have been down this path before only to have a new variant push us back.

Branding Your Practice After COVID: What You NEED to Know to Stand Out From the Crowd

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Let’s admit it…as dental professionals, we love to nerd out! Nothing excites us more than new technologies that can really enhance the level of dental care we can provide to our patients! . Even office and communication technologies are beginning to excite us more.

Taking the Technology Step

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It was right around this time in 2018, I presented before a group of dentists and office managers in Ottawa. Most of them were 45 years of age and older. The topic: technology that many experts predicted would become commonplace in dental offices by 2020.

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Having a Vision DOES Matter!

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Welcome to December and my final blog for 2021! It has been a great honour to share some of my thoughts with you again this year and I look forward to continuing to do so in 2022! My most recent blogs have focused on the importance of proper onboarding to increase your rate of employee retention.

The Leadership Lesson of 2020

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As we find ourselves in the final month of 2020, I am sure many of us would rather just turn the page to 2021 rather than look back on this crazy year. However, looking back can provide an incredible perspective. We learn what we did well so we can duplicate it.

Eliminating the “Can’t Beat’em, Better Join’em” Mindset!

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By now, everyone probably knows about the DentalCorp IPO. It is the first Canadian corporate dental group to go public since TriDont tried it, unsuccessfully, approximately 35 years ago. The response to this news on social media has been interesting to watch.

Congratulations! You’re the New Office Manager! Now What?

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Congratulations! This is incredible news. Your passion and pride in what you do in the healthcare field is truly being rewarded. Perhaps you were an excellent hygienist…a phenomenal dental assistant…a top-notch admin team member providing your clinicians with first rate support.

Dentistry in the Second Wave

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Looking back to the glorious month of August, it was not just the wonderful summer weather we were enjoying. We were also enjoying the easing of restrictions as Covid numbers appeared to be on the decline. Yes…we heard the warning calls about the potential for a second wave.

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Building Your Basics: Building Your Confidence

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Turning the page on August was particularly challenging this year. Let’s face it, as much as we cannot wait to see the end of 2020, the ease with which we enjoyed outdoor time during the summer was also a tremendous source of comfort. Fall and the coming winter are bringing higher levels of anxiety this year. Parents are wondering how reopening schools will work. We want our kids back in school and enjoying time with their friends. But will this lead or contribute to the dreaded second wave?

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Are Your Recovery Fundamentals in Order?

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By this time, our practices have been re-opened at various levels for a while now. We may be used to some of the new procedures we have had to adopt and which may be with us for a while. Still, looking over an empty waiting room while wondering how this will all work when winter arrives may be puzzling to a number of us. The good news is many offices reported being busier than they expected when they re-opened. Unfortunately, that may be about to change.

What Can the Cost Conscious Dentist Do?

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Normally, I like to use my blog to focus on the business of dentistry. I have periodically ventured into ancillary topics, such as mental health, bullying and gender matters. While not business related, I do hope those subjects also generated some discussion and could be used to improve your practice. The economic impact of the pandemic has generated interest in the dental community into the ways they can control some of their expenses.

Shawn Peers Speaks at the CIDE New Dentist Bootcamp

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DentalPeers CEO Shawn Peers speaks alongside Peter Li at the CIDE New Dentist Bootcamp. Please read the full article here: [link].

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Start 2019 By Telling Me What You See!

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When you look around your office, tell me what you see. We all know that first impressions matter and creating a positive patient experience can start with the first impressions created by visual cues from our surroundings. So it is important to take the challenging step of seeing the impression your office creates not only through your eyes…but also through the eyes of your patients. Trying to see things through the eyes of others is never an easy task.

Great Events Remind Us of the Importance of Great Generosity

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It was an exhausting couple of days, but reflecting back on the recently completed Annual Spring Meeting, I am left with the feeling that it was a resounding success. For many, myself included, the focus was on networking and business development. . The vast array of wonderful continuing education opportunities was also not to be missed, as top notch, international speakers descended on Toronto to share their wealth of experience.

Don’t Allow The Bully Into Your Workplace

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Picture working in this environment: Your entire team, led by the office manager, has conspired against you. At lunch time, there is never a chair at the table for you. Sometimes, the lunch you have prepared has been thrown out and you are left hungry for the rest of the day! When team social events are planned, not only are you not invited…you are specifically TOLD you are not welcome. You hope your owner-dentist will intervene and protect you. After all, he is aware of the situation.

Leading the Path Forward in Change

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As my blogs always come out on the first Monday of the month, there is a good chance I am still enjoying myself in the warm sunshine of a Caribbean cruise as you read this. But it is not just any cruise I am on. I am on the third annual Golden Girls of Dentistry Cruise. Yes… I am a male… the lone male… on the Golden Girls of Dentistry Cruise!

It’s Always the Little Things!

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Life is full of big plans… big announcements… big changes! Perhaps your review of your 2018 business performance has left you feeling the need to make some big changes to make 2019 that much more successful. Unfortunately, many of us become paralyzed by the thought of change. We know we need it. We know we would be better off if we achieved it. But the process of sweeping, dramatic change in our dental world can become overwhelming.