When I was at the dental school at USC in 1982 I enjoyed playing PacMan. Did you every play this electronic game?
Not sure if you are old enough to remember standing in front of that large machine but I practiced a lot and probably put in 1,000 hours during my two years in the hygiene program at USC. I thought I was so good at this! Well…I thought I scored high until my fellow dental students took to that machine and scored much higher than I did.
Although they were so much better than me, I did not give up. I played and played and played that game to make myself the best!
Fast forward thirty years and I have these adorable granddaughters.
At first they wanted me to play Candy Crush. Yes, that addicting game! I thought I crushed the candy but they still beat me!
Now, it’s a game called Mine Craft and I still don’t get this game. Twenty seconds into the game and I am done! Now my granddaughters play this game with me and it’s a two minute wait to have my turn back.
Have you had your children or grandchildren humiliate you by outdoing you when playing these games?
What is it that makes them so good?
Is their IQ really high?
Do they have amazing dexterity?
What is it that makes these young people so good?
The key here is that these young people have an advantage on us older folks (Even IF you are only 30 something!) because they are flexible in their minds. They are open to learning new things. They are open to doing what it takes to win the game. They anticipate what play or move is coming up next in the game.
And anticipation and open-ness to what’s next is a great way to play the game!
These are some key rules for playing the game of life – the game of “Dental Business Mastery!”
Some of the important qualities of being a master at a game-and this game of business is the ability to be flexible, to be fluid and anticipate changes –BIG or small.
If you are not anticipating what’s next, then you are reacting and this is – what I believe – got many dentists in serious trouble during the most recent economic decline.
But…I won’t leave you hanging with negativity but will be back in August with the answer “HOPE” and I will give 3 of the tools our clients have implemented over the economic decline that not only kept their head above water but this is WHY they are a Master at the Business of Dentistry.
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ABOUT DEBBIE SEIDEL-BITTKE, RDH, BS
In 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in row!
Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor from the University of Southern California where she taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning) Debbie also wrote the accreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and is a former dental hygiene program director.
Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.