This article was printed in The Profitable Dentist.
Have you ever spent time learning about penguins? They survive the harsh Antarctic winter by forming a ‘huddle.’ When the Penguins spend time in close contact, they’re safe from the weather, safe from predators, and able to survive until spring.
A huddle’s not a static group. It’s more like a slow dance. Over time, penguins on the outside move into the inner circle. Everyone’s needs are met in turn, because all of the penguins have come together in one space.
In the cold, dark months of winter, it’s easy to turn anti-social, even in a busy dental practice. People are in and out with the flu. Days are short, and everyone feels drained. It’s easy for your staff just to go to their desk or bay, start working, and chug along without feeling connected to each other and the big picture for the practice.
Making like a penguin and huddling once a day can bring everyone back to the same place and help keep your practice a warm and welcoming place for your patients.
What is a Huddle?
For penguins, a huddle is a tightly packed group on the ice, impervious to the weather. For a dental office, a huddle is a quick, information-packed meeting that takes about 15 minutes each morning. It brings the whole practice, dentists, hygienists, and support staff, together in one space. It gives you a chance to plan the day, spot looming problems, and plan for the patients.
A morning huddle helps people warm up to their jobs and protects them from the sort of choke points and problems that prey upon a dental practice. Everyone leaves the huddle with their needs met, and the day goes more smoothly for staff and patients alike.
At each morning’s huddle you should:
By dealing with all of these issues at the beginning of the day, before the first patient arrives, you remove a major distractor. Everyone is prepared for what is coming. Questions have been answered, plans are in place. Suddenly, instead of waddling through the day like a penguin on ice, your practice is runs as gracefully as a penguin flying beneath the Antarctic ice.
And it all starts with a huddle.
Have you added a morning huddle to your practice? What did you find difficult? What have the advantages has your team seen?
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Bio: Productive Dentist Academy (PDA) was co-founded in 2004 by Dr. Bruce B. Baird and Vicki McManus to help dentists increase their productivity. What started out as a few dentists huddled around a conference table has grown into a movement helping thousands of dentists, team members, practices, and communities all over the United States. Being member built and driven, PDA has grown to meet the needs of our industry by providing three productivity workshops annually, multiple private speaking engagements, business development coaching, and full service, in-house marketing including ForeverSiteTM website development, marketing coaching, branding, direct mail, SEO, online advertising and more.