The Powerful Team Alignment Tool
“Our team has always been big on the morning huddle, and I was going over a quote of the day for our inspiration,” he writes. “The problem was, however, that nobody really got too inspired just from the quote.” So he started using these daily posts as a quick way to connect with his team on a specific subject. He goes on to say, “I especially find the ones that can be applied to the whole team or certain areas of the practice very useful.”
I’ve been getting similar feedback from other dentists who are using the articles I post here as a tool for getting the team aligned and I’m delighted to hear that. There are still times when I’ll want to share something that is intended for dentists; however, I try to write on topics that are of interest for the whole team as much as possible.
In a profession like dentistry, where people tend to work in relative isolation – in their own compartments – you need to look for ways to get together to keep the inspiration and teamwork alive. You can only have so many full-staff meetings, but you can always find a few moments to reconnect, get focused and rally around an idea-of-the-day. That’s one of the reasons I decided to begin posting daily.
And for those staff meetings where you do have time to go deeper into a topic, I’m very excited to be able to offer something new. I’m doing a series of e-books exploring major themes for achieving ideal alignment in a dental practice. If you haven’t seen it yet, the first one, called Trust and Value: A Field Guide to Today’s Dental Patients is available here. It’s a free, quick 15-minute read that is ideal for sharing with the team and putting on the agenda for discussion at your next meeting.
What do you think? Is the e-book format—shorter than a course, but more detailed than an article—something that appeals to you? Do you find yourself sharing the daily articles here with your team or others? Are there particular topics that you would like to see addressed more? I love hearing your feedback and I welcome your suggestions.