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Howard Speaks: Transparency vs Opaque
Transparency vs Opaque. I was wondering why successful dental leaders are transparent and not opaque until it became clear to me that if your not it’s clearly offensive. Does your dental office team know the daily breakeven point? Do they know the office overhead? Do they get to see the accounting reports for the balance sheet, statement of cashflow, and statement of income? Management transparency is the key to trust and the foundation for strong management-employee relationships to analyze and grasp how the practice is doing and where we’re going.
Are collections meeting expectations in the 30/60/90 day periods? How’s are overhead looking and could we lower it? Are costs being managed? What’s helping us achieve our goals? What are our obstacles? Everyone in the entire company has complete visible transparency into the budget, how and what we’re spending, what our results are, and does everyone have a voice on how we can improve our performance. How often have you heard that people leave a job because of the manager not because of the company?
It's true whether it’s a small family dental practice or a large dental group practice DSO. One of the common complaints you hear from disgruntled employees is they don’t trust their dentist or office manager who is not very transparent, and have no idea what they're thinking, what is happening, the performance of the office and don’t know what’s coming up in the future. If you can’t trust your opaque non-communicating dentist, office manager or team leader then your life and work become an exhausting challenge day in and day out.
The late Herb Kelleher (1931-2019) co-founder & CEO of Southwest Airlines was the only airline CEO who was a member of his own pilots union because he knew how important that relationship was. His book was called Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. Maybe it’s time to go nuts and start trusting your employees to help you become successful.
Howard Speaks: Dentistry could learn a lot from Sanford I. Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup.
Dentistry could learn a lot from Sanford I. Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup who tried to join the Air Force until his application was denied by a dentist after examining his teeth. His major break on Wall Street came with a mundane job doing g the paperwork behind the brokers trades. Sandys success with Citigroup came from mastering the back office mundane details of Wall Street trading, banking, insurance, and finance creating value from the knowledge and details of accounting, record keeping, and every other mundane task that was mostly unknown to all the major CEOs. How many dentists could do every task from scheduling an appointment to billing the dental insurer company. Sandy Weill fired Jamie Dimon when he was 66 years old because Jamie wanted to be CEO and then Sandy retired four years later, and in that time, the ship of Citi was wrecked. Young associates share this same issue working for older dentists who swear they are about to retire, it’s never in writing, the older dentists keep delaying their retirement, with nothing in writing, and eventually the relationship breaks down and the younger dentist moves on. Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World https://www.amazon.com/Tearing-Down-Walls-Financial-Journal/dp/0743247264/ref=asc_df_0743247264
Howard Speaks: Let’s get back to the pre-pandemic mindset.
Let’s get back to the pre-pandemic mindset. If you’re double vaccinated you know this pandemic is over. Let’s get back to fight mode in building a championship dental office. What do champion dentists do more of that their colleagues don’t?
Howard Speaks: Dentists could hit a Hank Aaron sized grand slam
Dentists could hit a Hank Aaron sized grand slam if they could just learn and implement any of the major business lessons that Denny’s have used in over 1,702 locations since Harold Butler and Richard Jezak founded the first Denny’s in 1953 in Lakewood, California. Denny’s are 24/7/365 explaining why in 1988 more than 700 of their 1,221 stores didn’t even have locks. During an economic contraction being poised for growth means you’re conveniently available, with low enough overheard, to perform profitable, high volume quality dental services with low prices. During an economic expansion… this strategy is even better. I’d rather own McDonalds (MCD) any day with a $177 Billion market cap than Ruth Chris (RUTH) with a $700 Million market cap.
An Honest Conversation With Dr. Howard Farran Of Dentaltown About The Future Of Dentistry
Chris Pistorius talks with Dr. Howard Farran, the founder of the incredibly popular online dental community, Dentaltown. Chris & Howard have an open and honest conversation about all things dental.
Howard Speaks: How do you manage people?
First you need to stop doing it backwards. If you get the wrong person you spend all your time managing that person, you get poor results, and then you look like a bad manager. Get the right person who is already internally motivated, loves to work, loves their new job, who gets along with people, now you barely have to manage them and they’re making you look like a pro, because that’s how the pro’s do it. Sporting teams couldn’t manage me to be an NFL quarterback or the next ballerina. Your new hire has to already have the natural ability first. As far as turnover, it should mostly be at the new employee beginning as you and/or the new hire find out the new job isn’t a fit and then at the other end have employees that have been with you since the beginning. Whenever the person doing all the hiring is the only person in the company who’s been there for more than five years and no one else has made it five years then the wrong person is doing all the hiring.
Howard Farran dentistry today
Love Howard .. always full of information and guidance .. understands almost every issue and deals with them head on while giving dentists real world advice and help..
Entertaining but not informative
Farran is truly a great host, but he lets everyone and their brother come be a guest. It’s really hard to identify what’s accurate vs pseudoscience
Love this guy
I am a hygienist and I still listen to every episode because I simply think this guy is a genius and he helps me get better at my job. Wish more dentists were like this guy!