Ginny Hegarty Morning Huddle Video
About 10 years ago I saw a pattern developing around team meetings. One practice after another seemed to be having what I called “Team Meeting Déjà Vu.” The team and doctors would joke and say “Can’t we just shuffle last year’s meeting agendas and reuse them again this year? After all, it seems like we just keep revisiting the same problems, we never really solve anything. I’ll bet many of you can relate to that feeling.
To be clear, these were not mediocre or even average practice, they were highly successful practices like many of you, trying to figure out how to get to that next level of success. They were basically putting band-aids on problems, quick fixes that would last for a couple of weeks or months and then old habits would reemerge. This “déjà vu” or inability to come together to create long-term solutions creates roadblocks that will affect morale and profitability & hold you back.
This is the first of my Morning Huddle Videos for Dental Products Report. View the video for a few quick ideas to shake things up and avoid Team Meeting Deja Vu
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.
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“Rewrite the Rules – Don’t Just Create More Exceptions To Them” – Jeffrey Hollender Cofounder, Seventh Generation
In today’s competitive business climate, it makes great sense to step outside of the small sandbox that is your dental world and learn how to lead your team in Stepping Outside of the Box with inspiration from Corporate America.
Great idea from the Westin
I love businesses that think outside the box to engage clients and exceed expectations. The good news is that it’s really not that hard to set yourself apart. Take a look at the photo with this blog post from the Westin hotel. How great would it be to have workout shoes and clothes waiting for you at your hotel when you travel? No more squeezing your Nikes into your suitcase or worse, not being able to keep up with your exercise goals because you just can’t fit those Nikes into your carry on luggage.
If you like this idea, you’ll love my “Stepping Outside the Box” presentation on innovative ideas from Corporate America that can set your practice apart. Learn more at ginnyhegarty.com/speaking.html
Someone once had the bright idea that anyone who brings a problem to the table must also bring a solution. The conventional wisdom was that it would focus people on solutions and avoids a gripe session, but the reality is this concept will shut your team down.
If you require a solution to every challenge, you risk never hearing the questions or finding the opportunity in the challenge. Stop requiring solutions; instead invite people to bring their concerns and their goals to you. When planning your next team meeting agenda, keep it simple; say, “Tell me where you are now and where you’d like to be. As a team, we’ll brainstorm the possibilities together.”
This team brainstorming strategy is a game changer… try it and see for yourself.
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