Getting Clear and Doing the Things You Fear with Dr. Gina Dorfman (Pt. 2)

Getting Clear and Doing the Things You Fear with Dr. Gina Dorfman (Pt. 2)This episode is the second of a two-part series featuring my friend Dr. Gina Dorfman, host of the Behind the Smiles podcast and someone who helps people learn to lead and run their practices successfully. In this episode, we continue our conversation with some valuable tips on being an incredible leader and bringing growth and fulfillment to your practice and your team.

We discuss the power of strong leadership and how taking extreme responsibility is actually freeing. You will get a glimpse of how important it is to focus not on external motivations like money, but rather on fulfillment and what makes you excited to come to work. Listen in to learn how assigning more responsibility to your staff and finding people around you with a similar mission will help you create a powerful practice and epic life.

Key Quotes:

  • “The fact that you’ve been able to envision this best life ever and then reverse engineer and build it is really incredible.”
  • “As much as I tell them what they need, I tell them what they don’t need.”
  • “There’s a critical mass that gets hit, and then reputation in a small town takes hold.”
  • “To create a sustainable product of my practice, I had to understand the culture at almost a perfected level because I knew a paycheck wasn’t going to be enough to stay competitive in the market.”
  • “Stop thinking that leadership is compliance-based; stop thinking that leadership is this hierarchy.”
  • “I’m going to stop creating followers. I’m creating that everyone has to be a leader and owner in something.”
  • “It’s very love based—they have my back and I have their back.”
  • “Every time I’ve cut down days, harvested days out of our practice, production doesn’t go down—it goes up. And so, you can do that when people are performing.”
  • “Within our environment, we are in charge. It’s not painful, it’s freedom! Realizing that you’re responsible for everything is truly freedom.”
  • “My practice is not limited by its opportunity. It’s limited by its leadership.”
  • “The collections and the production seem to just happen as a byproduct of trust and this culture that we built.”
  • “In a give-give society there’s no upper limit, but in a give-take society you … reach the bottom really quick.”

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Getting Clear and Doing the Things You Fear with Dr. Gina Dorfman (Pt. 1)

Getting Clear and Doing the Things You Fear with Dr. Gina Dorfman (Pt. 1)This will be the first of a two-part series featuring my friend, Dr. Gina Dorfman, who has just started her own podcast called Behind The Smiles. As someone who helps people learn to lead and run successful practices, Gina has been an incredible part of the dentistry field. In this episode, we discuss common issues dentists face with over-planning and finding their place.

Dentists tend to get stuck in the how, so Gina and I discuss why it’s important to face fear and take risks in order to get clarity on your next step. We also talk about why courage is so important, what it means to play the long game, and the steps you need to take in order to find fulfillment and success. You can control the legacy and the impact you have by what you’re currently doing, so listen in to get advice on how to make things happen now.

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Key Quotes:

  • “The thing you fear is probably the thing you should be doing.”
  • “Play the long game. If you’re a young dentist, you have time on your side.”
  • “Sometimes to see the 7th step, you have to be in the 6th step.”
  • “My biggest error in my career is that I tried to have more by doing more.”
  • “In 2019, safe is pretty risky.”
  • “Clarity, whether it’s in leadership or a practice or leading your own life, is a must.”
  • “What makes you a really good clinical dentist may make you a terrible business person.”
  • “You have to step outside your comfort zone by default to grow.”
  • “I was driven by vision, and that’s the thing I got right.”

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Dr. David Maloley on Clarifying Your Vision and Being a Great Leader

In this episode, you’ll get to listen in to Dr. Dave’s recent interview on the Business of Dentistry Podcast. He shares personal stories of his own challenges and the valuable lessons he learned as he built his career. Listen in to hear his inspiring words about finding clarity, what it takes to be a great leader and more.

Key Quotes:

  • “Life moves fast. I used to think about five-year plans and ten-year plans, and now a quarter goes by, and I’m like, I don’t want the same things I wanted 90 days ago.”
  • “That’s, I think, a struggle in society, but certainly in dentistry as well, is like you start living out somebody else’s dream and then realize it too late. If you can always be course-correcting, I think that’s probably the best advice, to have a beacon, which would be like your annual plan or even your life plan.”
  • “It takes some serious time alone to reflect and design [a life plan, but] otherwise your schedule will get full of other people’s agendas.”
  • “My theory was in 2017 that if I did nothing else but worked on myself, that I could make my practice grow, and I didn’t need to be constantly turning all these knobs like hiring somebody or a new marketing tactic or new phone skills.”
  • “If you’re the CEO of a dental practice, if you’re the lead producer in a dental practice, you’re the racehorse, and so you have to create ways—whether it be through delegation and leadership or just flat out automating or eliminating things from your life—so that you’re not feeling run down at the end of every week.”
  • “What are you doing to take care of yourself so that you can serve? It’s kind of a paradox like you need to be selfish to be selfless is really something that we have to come to comfort with.”
  • “Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s doing the things that you’re scared of because you know that gets you to the destination that you want.”
  • “Sometimes we use perfectionism as a badge of honor because it sounds really good, but sometimes it’s just fear and excuses packaged in a nice little wrapper with a bow on it.”
  • “Your teams need psychological safety, so they need to be able to ask their dumb questions or make their mistakes without feeling chastised; they need to know that you have their back.”

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Following a Non-Linear Path to Success with Dr. Chris Green

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Do you feel like you don’t have your future quite figured out yet? Don’t sweat it. Being successful doesn’t mean you have to know every detail of where you’re going. The key is being willing to put in the work and keep moving forward. Just ask today’s guest, Dr. Chris Green.

A third-generation dentist and the owner of Green Dental Care, Chris says he’s still figuring out his vision, and he has accepted that the road to get there isn’t always a direct path. In this episode, he shares what he’s learned along his own non-linear dental journey, as well as the importance of knowing that finding your path to success can be a fluid process that you continue to figure out as you go.

 

Key Quotes:

  • “A smiling dental team—that’s the type of thing that can make up for a lot of flaws.”
  • “When we think about leadership and owning a practice, we think so much about first impressions. But last impressions are super powerful, as well.”
  • “Dentists a lot of times either put not enough focus on their practice or too much focus on their practice.”
  • “That’s the beauty of the profession: You can run a practice however you want and create a lifestyle. … It’s an exciting time to be a dentist in my mind.”
  • “One of the things that it took me a while to figure out is that if I was the most interesting or the smartest guy in the room, then I wasn’t learning or gaining anything.”
  • “Some of these practices just need new energy—they need a young, hungry dentist to get in there and be a little bit better of a leader and be a little bit better of a businessperson, and if you’re a lot of that, then the sky’s the limit.”
  • “For me, it just hasn’t been a linear road to get to the vision—I still don’t know if I have my vision totally figured out. It’s a fluid process. The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know, and as I learn more, I realize that there are many ways I would have done things differently, but you’ve just gotta keep plowing ahead.”
  • “The simple epiphany I had was that I could always make more money, but I could never make more time.”
  • “Sitting down once a year, or once a quarter, or however often to evaluate your vision, write it down and reverse-engineer how you’re going to get there—that will get you in the right mindset as to not expect shortcuts.”

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