Avoid the top 10 hiring mistakes

August 22, 2015

Filed under: Announcements,General,HR Compliance,Practice Leadership,Practice Resources — Ginny Hegarty @ 10:42 am

FullSizeRenderDoctors, I’m happy to share the link to the American Dental Association’s 2015 Summer Edition of Dental Practice Success and my article on page 6 Avoid the top 10 hiring mistakes.

 

 

Four Steps To A Great Hire

May 23, 2015

Filed under: Announcements,General,HR Compliance,Practice Leadership,Practice Resources — Ginny Hegarty @ 10:46 am

ADA Hegarty CourseThe American Dental Association, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, has introduced the ADA Executive Program in Dental Practice Management.  The preview of my course Four Steps To A Great Hire is now available at this link.

Wondering what this online Certificate Program is all about? The ADA explains “this unique, six-course certificate program features the only blended curriculum that combines insight from the nation’s largest dental association with business acumen from a top-ranked business university.” I’d strongly encourage you to visit this link to see the comprehensive course offerings.

Team Meetings That Work

September 23, 2014

My favorite team meeting, the one I want to attend is “The Meeting After The Meeting”; the one that takes place in the hallway, sterilization area or at the front desk when the team separates into groups and has a no-holds barred discussion of exactly what should have been said at “The Official Meeting”.  It’s in this raw honesty that change is possible and we can create an agenda that fuels Team Meetings That Work!

The trouble is that “The Meeting After The Meeting” is private, by invitation-only and it’s a tough ticket to get.  

Click on this link to read the full text of this article as published in The Progressive Dentist Magazine to learn the surprising 4 steps to set yourself up for Team Meetings That Work 

Ethical Sales and Communication in Dentistry

May 5, 2014

Ethical Sales and Communication with our patients is one of the core values of the best dental practices I work with. Clear communication remains the most challenge aspect of both personal and business relationship growth. Dental Practice Report published our article The Importance of Creating and Building Relationships with the Dental Patient. Dr. Erin Elliott and I discuss the relationship rules that apply to our personal and professional communication:

  • People choose other people they like and trust
  • The best way to know what someone wants is to ask
  • Don’t make assumptions or you may believe them to be true
  • If you don’t like the answers you’re getting, ask better questions
  • There’s never a second chance to make a great first impression
  • If someone does not weigh in on a decision, they cannot truly buy into it

Here’s the link: Read my full article on the importance of creating & building a relationship with the dental patient published on Dental Products Report 

Employee Drama is Expensive

August 29, 2013

Employee drama, left unchecked is like a dust storm stirring up trouble as it blows through the office. Stick to the facts at hand to avoid being blinded and losing your way. Miscommunication and gossip create the whirlwind of drama.  Drama is expensive in terms of time, talent and bottom-line success. Stick to the facts and clear the air.

Here’s an example a team member submitted to Dentistry IQ along with Ginny Hegarty’s answer as published in an August 2013 Thursday Troubleshooter.

QOur office manager has been in our practice for 30 years and she has a very overpowering personality. She can be quite abrasive and acts very disrespectful at times. She comes and goes as she pleases and has even gotten to the point of having us do a lot of her work. I know she is valuable to the practice, but some of team members are leaving because of her actions. I really like my job and the dentist, and I would like to know the best way to handle this. Our entire team feels the same way as I do.

A: From Ginny Hegarty SPHR, President, Dental Practice Development, Inc., and current president of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants:

It’s very brave of you to want to step up and take this on, and I commend you for your courage. I think my response will give you the very best opportunity to create a positive outcome for everyone. I offer it with all due respect as I’ve been where you are.

There’s a lot going on in your question. Let’s start here. One thing that jumps out at me is that you’re making some judgments that I suggest you revisit. I say this because of your statement, “Our entire team feels the same way I do.” This tells me that rather than each of you talking directly with your office manager, you are all talking “about” your office manager. This is counterproductive and won’t help any of you.

I realize that it’s very difficult to approach someone that you see as “abrasive and disrespectful,” but have you given any thought to how the office manager may feel she is perceived or treated? Is it possible the office manager could be responding in kind to the negativity and tension in the relationship?

Here’s something I have confirmed over and over again with teams I work with. When asked, “If you were personally doing something that was holding the team back, would you want, a) a coworker to tell you directly b) coworkers to talk amongst themselves about the issue or c) coworkers go to the dentist/owner with the issue,” I consistently hear that team members overwhelmingly prefer that someone come to them directly. This kind of leadership and accountability involves constructive confrontation of the issues rather than involving others in your issues.

Once we involve others, we discuss our opinions and we start judging. By definition, judging is forming an opinion of somebody or something. If this is done before speaking directly with the person, these opinions are made without all the relevant facts.

These opinions then become the story we tell ourselves about what is going on, rather than what is actually happening. The story takes on a life of its own, drama ensues, and many well-intentioned people get hurt. This can be overwhelming for everyone on the team, including the office manager.

As time goes on, there can be so many layers and twists to the plot and so many hurt feelings, that people forget where the line between fact and fiction is. In my experience, everyone soon has a well rehearsed part to play and the practice moves further away from the truth into a soap opera of its own creation. It’s time to stop this insanity.

I have two recommendations for you:
First, I’d ask you to take a deep breath and revisit your story. Take your question apart line by line and remove your opinions so that you have only the facts at hand.

I think you’ll be left with:
*  The office manager has been there 30 years
*  You like your job and your dentist
*  There is a situation that needs to be handled
*  You want to help

Second, I would consider “how can you help?” You might consider one last behind the scenes meeting with your coworkers to discuss taking personal accountability to focus on solutions rather than blame.

Then, begin by addressing your own responsibilities or concerns with your office manager.  Start with one pressing issue, not a list of past issues. Your goal is to change the dynamic and make it more positive and productive. This is a process. When others come to you to discuss their issues, do not get involved; encourage them to also take their concerns directly to the office manager.

I’m not blaming you or your coworkers, your office manager, or your doctor. You’ll notice that I haven’t addressed the issue of blame at all. I don’t know enough to even begin to, and it would be counterproductive. It’s far more effective to discuss shared purpose and positive change with a forward focus. You all deserve better. Hopefully this is a good first step for all of you.

You might also want to address the bigger team issue, and realize that when this type of drama thrives, profitability generally suffers. What’s the best way to support the entire team to start over with new intention? What are your shared goals? How can you bring everyone together to work toward solutions and avoid blame? Often, this is best done in a practice retreat with an outside, objective facilitator guiding the group. Please feel free to contact me atginny@ginnyhegarty.com.

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/08/thursday-troubleshooter2.html

Wild Smiles Breakthrough Communication Success

August 19, 2013

If you’re in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area this Friday, August 23, 2013 please join me for Wild Smiles 2013

 I’ll be presenting Breakthrough Communication Success and will be joined on the program by Garrett Gunderson, Dr. Marie T. Fluent, Teresa Duncan and Rita Zamora
http://courses.arbraces.com/practice/register

 

Building On Our Parents’ Lessons

August 15, 2013

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IS OVER. The world has changed. We see this change at every turn as technology influences all aspects of our lives. For those of us whose parents raised us on the value of a great work ethic, it’s important to recognize and respond to the fact that the Industrial Revolution is over. With all due respect to our well-intentioned parents, a  great work ethic is no longer enough.  Today you must engage both your employee and your client’s hearts and heads to effectively connect and create practice growth and success.

After all the cutting edge education and sexy technology is in place, the magic doesn’t happen until your people engage. A Blessings White study done in 2011 reveals that only two of every six employees is truly engaged in the vision and mission of the business. Engagement then is the single biggest leadership challenge that business owners and managers face these days.

A recent INC Magazine article spotlighted the most effective leaders today realize that the workforce no longer responds to the Oz model of leadership; the all knowing, all powerful doesn’t play anymore. We’ve moved from The Age of Autocracy and leaders like Jack Welch in the 80s through The Age of Empowerment with leaders like Meg Whitman in the 90s and we’re now firmly in The Age of Nurture with leaders like Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Whole Food’s John Mackey.

We hear a lot about Culture these days, especially some very famous companies that differentiate themselves with their culture. For example, Apple has a culture of innovation. Zappos’ culture is to “Deliver Happiness.” Fed Ex and Southwest Airlines are companies that have very strong cultures.  It’s important to remember 3 things regarding your culture:

  1. Culture is not a program, it’s a core belief that has staying power and could last forever
  2. Culture is your differentiator; it’s why your team and your patients will choose you over another practice.
  3. Culture cannot be bought; it develops from the inside out, with habits over time.

In my upcoming webinar as part of the Patterson Dental Practicing With the Masters Series,  I am challenging attendees to ‘BE the Joneses.”  The challenge is to stop playing follow the leader and instead to lead on purpose. My intent is that you lead both deliberately (on purpose) and meaningfully (with a focus on your own unique purpose). Once you’ve come together to fully understanding Why You Do What You Do & Who You Are Being When You Do It, your systems, protocols will create structure around your culture.

Please join me on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:00am Central

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Watch for Ginny’s Video Series in Dental Products Report’s Morning Huddle eNewletter

March 22, 2013

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in Dental Products Report‘s Morning Huddle eNewsletter. We recorded a series of videos that will be shared with the DPR audience. DPR’s Editor-in-Chief Thais Carter coordinated the video shoot. Topics included: Let’s Talk About…  The Heart of the Matter, The Power of Focus, Energy Breeds Resuls, Team Meetings, Success in Difficult Conversations and Breakthrough Communication Success. I’m excited for the series launch and to hear your feedback and best take aways

DPR Editor-in-Chief Thais Carter with Ginny Hegarty

DPR Editor-in-Chief Thais Carter with Ginny Hegarty

Rewrite the Rules

December 20, 2012

It’s easy to tap into your inner child during the holiday season.  Once the visions of sugarplums have finished their dance, bring that ‘3-year old you’ into your business and let that child loose to ask “why?, why?, why? as 3-year olds do.

Pepper yourself and your team with questions about why you do things the way you do them. Step back, take a minute, think it through…

  • is there a better way?
  • a smarter way?
  • an easier way?
  • a less expensive way?
  • Is this guideline helping us or holding us back?
  • Is the reason for this policy even valid anymore?
  • Does this guideline fall short given all the new technology in place?
  • Does this policy apply with this new team we have?
  • Are we stuck in the past and missing opportunities?
  • Is our communication clear enough that our expectations will be met?
  • Does my team know what I need from them?
  • Does my team know how to evaluate their effectiveness?
  • Does my team have the resources, training and support they need and deserve?
  • Am I aware of all of the new federal and state guidelines that I must be following?

The quality of your answers will be a direct result of the quality of your questions. Shake things up and start 2013 off with a brand new energy! Challenge your team to come up with great questions and plan a brainstorming party. Yes, your strategic planning meeting should feel like a party as you create an energy that  excites and inspires you to build a blueprint for success in the New Year.

Objectivity can be elusive… Want help? … that’s what we do. Click here for information on our team workshops and consulting services:  http://bit.ly/UgEjtW

“Rewrite the Rules – Don’t Just Create More Exceptions To Them” – Jeffrey Hollender  Cofounder, Seventh Generation

 

HAD ENOUGH OF CELL PHONES?

August 30, 2012

“I walked into a treatment room today to find my hygienist texting while she waited for me to do a hygiene check.” REALLY?

  Yes, really! I get calls from doctors every month who are appalled that team members are texting, tweeting and facebooking in the treatment room and at the front desk rather than engaging patients. While it may seem like an egregious violation of trust, the fact of the matter is that most employees don’t see their behavior for what it is. Often they are oblivious, simply doing what they always do … unless and until you set guidelines to address cell phone use.

In our uber-connected world, many people are attached to their cell phones 24/7, even sleeping with a smart phone that is being used as an alarm. The only significant time during the course of the day when many people are disconnected and at risk of missing a call or text is when they are in the shower! 

So, what’s an employer to do when this electronic habit interferes with productivity, engagement and business profitability? Your best defense is a good offense. Create, introduce and enforce a cell phone policy for your practice that speels out exactly when and where cell phones are permitted in your office and whether a ring tone, vibrate tone or silent is the required status during work hours.

*FYI:  The courts are siding against employers to the tune of millions of dollars when their employees are involved in auto accidents while using electronic devices . If your team members run errands during work hours or call into your office when running late, protect yourself and your practice. Put a formal written policy in place   >>>more to follow in future post<<<<

Top 10 List of Employee Engagement Factors

June 13, 2012

GinnyHegarty, SPHR Dental Consultant HR Expert

People First!

 

I’m heading out to The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies to present programs on Employee Engagement, Breakthrough Communication and Emotional Intelligence. As a dental consultant, I advise my doctors that their team is their best competitive advantage, and investing in training that improves communication and focuses on personal development is a wise investment in the future success of the business. Systems alone do not create success – People do!  Bent Ericksen & Associates recently shared Manpower’s Top 10 List of Employee Engagement Factors gathered by asking this question:  What’s the absolute #1 most important employee engagement factor?

The Top Ten Engagement Factors from the Survey are:

1. Communication (35%)
2. Immediate Manager (14%)
3. Valuing Employees (12%)
4. Trust (10%)
5. Culture (9%)
6. Satisfaction (8%)
7. Empowerment (5%)
8. Recognition (2%)
9. Development (2%)
10. Pay (1%)

How to Hire Right … The First Time

May 12, 2012

Hire Right Studies show that most managers make a hiring decision within 10 minutes of meeting a candidate and spend the rest of their time gathering information to support that decision. As a result, managers often hire people that interview well, look good on paper and can talk the talk. Those positive initial impressions don’t always prove reliable once it’s time to actually walk the walk and you can end up wondering “Who are you and what have you done with the person I interviewed just a few short weeks ago.”

My team rocks! We’re not wasting valuable time in the search, we now quickly identify those candidates who both qualify and have the right motivation to be a member of my outstanding team. Ginny Hegarty’s process and assessments shine a light on so many of the details that I have missed when hiring in the past. Since using Ginny’s system we have been picking winners!” Dr. Keith Ogawa, Oregon

Did you know that 30% of new hires start looking for their next job after just 30 days? Or that 46% of new hires will fail within the first eighteen months? Turnover is expensive and will set you and your team back while chipping away at team morale too.

Your people are your practice’s best competitive advantage and that reality is truer today in the current economic environment than ever before.  Realizing just how critical talent acquisition is to your practice success, it’s time to raise the bar on the recruitment process and implement a system and process that supports both the practice and team success.

If you’re ready to hire right…and on purpose... the first time, we should talk. I can offer hiring support that ranges  from a hiring eBook to full on support of the hiring process. My hiring eBook The Hiring Process Simplified  gives you a step by step process to follow along with interview guides that will have you feeling totally confident and able to conduct excellent interviews right out of the gate. Hiring assessments are also available that provide insight into your candidate’s behavioral style, emotional intelligence and core competencies such as reliability, dependability, and work ethic.

Love it! Ginny Hegarty’s system really makes sense, gives us great direction and saves us so much time. I believe it helps us attract the best applicants and gives us much deeper insight, so we choose candidates that truly fit with our practice culture and philosophy.“ Dr. Clint Esler, Texas


 

 

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