THE PRIMARY COMPLAINT ABOUT TEAM MEETINGS
It’s funny, whenever we ask a practice about their team meetings, the usual response is, “Well, we used to do team meetings, but…” The second part of their answer almost always recounts a history of “gripe sessions”, or meetings that felt like lost time every week or month. In fact, that’s why most practices quit doing them altogether…the feeling that they are cutting into production time. It’s time to stop thinking this way!
AN “INVESTMENT” OF TIME RATHER THAN AN “EXPENSE” OF TIME
We also talk to dental teams who have successfully implemented an organized, step-by-step meeting. Their response is almost always, “We didn’t know how we’d have the time for meetings, now we don’t know how we’d function without them.” It is so rewarding to hear that! These are teams who realized sacrificing 90 minutes of production time really isn’t a sacrifice at all. They discover that time spent setting and reviewing goals, adding systems and studying their schedule actually makes them more efficient. Those 90 minutes away from patients actually allowed them to increase production. Think of it like a football team in a tight game. Even though the clock is ticking, the team takes a few seconds to huddle before every play, knowing those moments of planning will give them a greater chance of moving the ball down the field.
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
Implementing team meetings is easy, if you have a plan. WELL LUCKY YOU! We have included our 7-step meeting strategy for you to try in your practice (You can download it below). It details all 7 sections to include in your 90-minute team meeting, and breaks down how much time you should spend in the following parts:
- Goal Setting
- Schedule Calibration
- Review Maintenance/Task List
- System Devleopmet
- Next Meeting Planning
- Final Positive Thought
GRAB IT AND GO!
Download the team meeting guide below. It includes an agenda, and a maintenance/task list. Then, schedule and prepare for your first meeting. If you can stick to it, you’ll find yourselves wanting to meet every week. It might sound like an effort, or even a costly expense of time. But we’re certain you’ll quickly realize the value of this “investment” of your time. With a plan in hand, you too can end your “gripe sessions” for good!
Isn’t it time you talked to Sam about your own team meetings strategies? She’d love to hear about the systems you have in place! You can set up a call by CLICKING HERE.