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May 1st, 2018

No More Mayday: Avoiding Crisis in Your Practice

“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” It’s the call that no airline pilot or ship’s captain ever wants to make. It means something has gone badly wrong.

We’ve all heard a “mayday” message, it’s a staple in disaster movies and all too frequent on the evening news – the distress call of an airplane or ship headed for catastrophe.

While helpful for letting others know you’re in serious trouble, a call of “mayday” is just that, an indication of eminent disaster. What would be better is avoiding getting into a situation where a “mayday” is your only option.

Recognizing Mayday Signals

If you’ve ever sat in your car at the beginning of your day dreading walking through the doors or returned home feeling like you’ve just tried to drink from a firehose, you’re not alone. Many dentists struggle with the day-to-day process of running their practices.

Just like pilots and captains can avoid mayday situations by looking ahead for potential dangers, you can avoid mayday situations in your practice by proactive assessment.

Take a few moments on this “May Day” to analyze your practice:

  1. How do you feel at the beginning of your day? At the end of your day?
  2. Is your team working well together?
  3. Are you getting good reviews from your patients?
  4. Are your hygiene and admin departments working productively (and collaboratively)?
  5. Do you know your SWOT analysis? What are your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats? How are you responding to them?
  6. What are your short-term and long-term goals? Are you on-target for achieving them?

Call for Help – You’re Not Alone

If any of this is overwhelming, just remember you’re not alone! If you’re feeling disconnected, discontent, or stuck in a rut, reach out to people who can help get you back on course. Give Productive Dentist Academy a call or fill out the form below for your Complimentary Practice Discovery.

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