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 4th-year dental student dropped by. An ambitious person, she was already exploring the path for potential associate opportunities when she graduated the following year. We chatted and she […]
Last month, we discussed the importance of cross-training, particularly at a time when so many offices are struggling with shortages of team members. The question is how to do this effectively. The first thing I would suggest is make sure your team is involved in the process. Employees today do not respond well if they […]
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. Instead, this is the time of the year when we try to slow down at work so we […]
It seems like it has been forever since we could turn on the news and see anything remotely positive. All we have heard about for the last couple of years has been the pandemic, supply shortages, skyrocketing home prices, Russia invading Ukraine, more supply shortages and now…inflation like we have not seen in decades! And […]
It is an interesting contradiction to talk to dental students about the importance of learning about the business side of dentistry. The response I receive to offering training on management, human resources, marketing and financial planning is that they are so stressed focusing on the clinical components they need to earn their degrees, they don’t […]
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! Still, it is always fun to play […]
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. But optimism may feel strong as maybe…just maybe…this time we will be in a better position to avoid […]
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. The resulting labour market has seen dentists jumping over each other, pushing salaries ever higher to make sure they had someone—anyone—available to […]
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! Hopefully, we will not see the same increase in hospitalizations as early […]
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 […]
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. Rather than develop a training program, many offices simply […]
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! If you get through this round, you can choose to do it all over […]
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! The impact on dentistry has been a […]
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. Nor is it about who […]
“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. I know of a number […]
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. Some dentists in private practice have responded with an “if you can’t beat’em, […]
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. And today…your journey as a new office manager begins! This is your chance to […]
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. I was not presenting on cutting edge, futuristic technology that […]
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! Some […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
DentalPeers CEO Shawn Peers speaks alongside Peter Li at the CIDE New Dentist Bootcamp. Please read the full article here: https://www.peterli.ca/blog/keynote-recap-cide-new-dentist-boot-camp-february-23-2020
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Now that one month of the year is behind us, I hope you are on your way to making any of the necessary changes to your practice that you feel will help improve your patient care and financial performance in 2019.
Many of you may have noticed the recent trend in my blogs where I have been focusing on how technological evolution is impacting dentistry. While I could never be mistaken for a “techie”, the idea of considering how innovation is changing our behaviour is fascinating to me.
Many markets across Canada are experiencing a serious shortage in qualified team members across all positions. Whether you are looking for a dental assistant, hygienist or admin team member, gone are the days of having multiple candidates to choose from.
My last blog on the legalization of cannabis did alter my recent focus on how technologies, not yet widely used in dentistry, are making their way into our industry. For some, “new” technology is a source of stress. It “de-personalizes” service at a time when offices are trying to emphasize their unique and personal, patient […]
Legalized pot is coming just in time for Hallowe’en and it could be scary for your practice if you’re not ready! Welcome back from the lazy days of summer! Getting back into gear for end of the year can be a mix of excitement and challenge. Sometimes, the challenge is turning our attention to events […]
You may recall in my last blog, I discussed technological changes that could become the norm in your office by 2020… just 17 months away. My focus was on how the digital office could reduce the human contact points with our patients, meaning the remaining contact opportunities must be more valuable to differentiate our level […]
Tracking expert predictions on future trends in dentistry is one of the things a geek like me enjoys. Planning for the future requires us to anticipate the future. We may not be right in our predictions…but it never hurts to be prepared.
For many of us, the Sears Christmas Wish Book was an annual highlight. When it finally arrived, many of us would turn directly to the toy section to see what toys needed to be added to our Christmas lists.