Team Work Gets It Done
What teams are you a part of? I would say you are on many teams and most of them have nothing to do with sports. If you are married you are on a team. Do you serve any community organizations?Well if you do, welcome to the team. Inside your practice is no different, you are on a team. Whether you are an owner or an associate, it doesn’t matter. The office has to work together to achieve its goals. By virtue of being a chiropractor you are on a bigger team, that of Chiropractic. We have to work together to ensure our laws are protected, our patients have access and our communities can achieve the health that is available to them through Chiropractic care.Sometimes you are the leader and sometimes you are just a team member.
I will tell you most people don’t view life this way, but it makes sense when you stop and think about it. It may change how you approach challenges in your life if you evaluate your team. Surround yourself with a great team and everything is possible. Let’s talk about how this can help your practice.
As much as we would like to think we personally are our practice, most of us have help. If you are a one person show, I still contest you have family and friends that help and support you. For those of us that have a staff of 1 or a staff of 30, it’s a team effort. We all have multiple hats we wear and we have to have a game plan. A staff meeting is the locker room game plan. A goal has been set and a plan to achieve that goal has been set. Then we have to go execute the plan and win the game. During the staff meeting you need to discuss the goals of the office. If everyone on that team is not on board with those goals or does not know what those goals are you cannot efficiently execute your plan. It makes it really hard to achieve your goals.
You need to set your goals first. Then with the help of your team create the game plan.
The part most of us fail at is that we need to revisit our plan and measure our success. Be open and honest with your team. If something isn’t working, change it. It’s okay to change your game plan, sometimes things on the field change. Make sure you keep everyone engaged and focused on the goal of the practice. As the leader, don’t get too caught up in micro managing every job. Set good policies and do evaluations of your team members. Let them know how they are doing and help them develop into great team members. With some education and framework you can let them just do their job and you can focus on your responsibilities.
You have assembled a team of committed people and clearly shown them your goals. Get their input on how you create your plan to achieve those goals. Engage them and empower them to get the practice to those goals. Remember a dictator does not have a team. Work together and develop a great plan everyone can support and work to reach the ultimate goal!
You can take this entire process and apply it to many aspects of your life. Use the support and help available to you. Build great teams around you and go Live Your Dream!