Office Magic Newsletter
Dynamite Your Status-Quo to Achieve Breakthrough Success.
This month, a great question from a client currently devouring our "Leadership and Accountability System" ... along with a response from Ginny that may get you to rethink your current approach to managing people.
Question of the Month
For example, if the financial coordinator needs to come in 30 minutes after everyone else in the morning, and keeping her on the team is preferable to losing her and having to recruit, hire, and train her replacement, the team should support this change in her hours. If personal drama is getting in the way of this support, I would see this as an indication that you may not have the 'right' team on board. Clear, open communication with each team member about her role, responsibilities and attitude will help each person see how she can improve her contribution and value to the practice.
This approach is not typical in dental practices across the country and I believe that is the reason for so much drama and stress. Employees do not typically step up and create this cooperative environment on their own, but are taught this approach by an enlightened leader who sets the tone and develops the team. The reduced stress and sense of camaraderie under this team approach is positive change that team members love once they experience it. It makes sense: Who wouldn't prefer a happier, more supportive environment to a drama-filled, stressful, competitive one? Unfortunately, too many staffs simply call themselves a team and expect to see these positive changes. This type of change requires more than a name change.
Most importantly, don't sacrifice your best employees in order to satisfy your average or mediocre employees or simply to keep the peace. You want to build a culture that supports the high performers and encourages the others to move on, not the other way around.
Coming Next Month
Pat, Ginny, and Lorraine
P.S. How about this whole world-coming-to-an-end thing?
Look, I love Oprah too, but it was just a TV show!