There are some brilliant minds in dentistry, no doubt! But there’s a hidden danger in being the brightest person in the room.
Now, no one has ever accused me of being the brightest person in the room. Maybe that’s why this “blog post” makes so much sense to me. Because if you are so intelligent that you rarely seek out advice, and you are the brightest person in the room, then you are in trouble.
It’s been shown that the approaches and outcomes of groups who cooperate in seeking a solution are not just better than the average member working alone, but they are even better than the group’s best problem solver working alone. Loan decision makers can’t match the diversity of knowledge and perspectives of a multi person unit.
Isn’t this risky?
Aren’t decisions that are made completely by a committee notorious for suboptimal performance? Well, yes … they are. So, follow this recommendation. Do not, I repeat, do not employ a vote counting strategy in order to come to a resolution. The final choice is always for the dentist to make.
The Staff Meeting.
If you regularly arrange for staff input, you can expect to achieve better outcomes. In addition, you can expect better relationships and rapport with your staff (which will enhance your future collaboration and influence).
Isn’t this risky (again)?
Don’t you run the risk of bruised egos and lost motivation if a staff member’s idea is ultimately rejected? This shouldn’t occur as long as you assure that each staff member’s ideas (while perhaps not the deciding factor) will be considered in the process. Staff members feel appreciated when they are recognized and acknowledged for their efforts and contributions.
Dr. Peter Evans is a practitioner, author, speaker and international dental coach. He is the President of The BioCompatible Dentist, LLC