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Getting “Educated”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Getting “Educated”

I grew up in central Florida in the fifties. Martin Marietta had just opened a major facility employing thousands, and new homes were under construction virtually everywhere. As a boy, it seemed there was always a sand pile to be played in. I remember building a fort with a buddy in a vacant lot near our home. It grew late, and my dad yelled for me to come inside and do my homework. I can’t remember my exact response, but I do recall spending two hours standing in the corner before bedtime. It seems that I told my father I didn’t...

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Where Have All the Bag Boys Gone?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Where Have All the Bag Boys Gone?

I’ll be the first to admit that it was far easier bagging groceries in strong paper bags that held their shape than it is to do so using today’s pleomorphic plastic, but the principles remain the same: double bag for heavy items, cans on the bottom with light items on top, pack cold things together, meat and bread always separately, and eggs get special attention.  So why is it that no one working in my grocery store knows that? And when did cashiers forget how to make change?  Not long ago, my grocery bill was $16.25.  I gave the young lady...

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The Little Things. . .

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Little Things. . .

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that bring us joy; holding hands with a loved one (without even crossing the street), pausing to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day, or watching the colorful display as the sun slips behind the horizon.  In the great game of life, however, we often miss these simple joys.  Truth be told, we’re just too busy. As the days of December disappear before our very eyes, we’re busier than ever!  End-of-year administrative responsibilities pile up for the practice owner while...

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On Chasing Shiny Objects…

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

On Chasing Shiny Objects…

According to the American Dental Association, 71 is the new retirement age for dentists! Amazing! A good friend of mine, however, retired at age 53. He saved twenty per cent of his income each of the twenty-five years he practiced, and achieved financial security. And, oh yeah, he ignored “shiny objects….” He lived in the same home throughout his career, and paid it off in fifteen years. He made investments in his practice after carefully evaluating the ROI, and he drove each car he owned for at least ten years. He never owned a BMW, had a...

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Quietly Leaving. . .

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Quietly Leaving. . .

I know I could have asked to speak to the owner (I’ve only known him for thirty years), but – after three consecutive mishaps – it seemed pointless. Clearly, the business I’ve patronized for decades is failing. The signs are clear: high employee turnover, poor customer engagement and staff attitude, and a total failure to address and resolve customer service complaints, issues, or concerns. Worse, the facility is in decline, and the owner has introduced a separate product line that has nothing to do with his business....

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On Being an Ambassador

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

On Being an Ambassador

I knew my visiting grandchildren would love the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s display of “The Curious Garden,” inspired by famed Disney arborist, Adam Schwerner. What I didn’t know – nor suspect – however, was how an employee of the Garden would add memorable value to our visit! Having worked only two years for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Charles, proved to be far more than a clock-puncher. Much to my surprise, he asked if I was local, and might return. When I informed him that I lived an hour away, but that...

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Thanks, Coach!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanks, Coach!

I’ve been the hero, and I’ve been the goat.  Rest assured, I much preferred being the hero!  I’ve made the shot at the buzzer to win, and I’ve missed the shot that would have made us victorious.  Such are the variables of sports, and life. Those who know me would find it hard to believe that I was ever introverted, but it’s true.  It was my seventh-grade PE coach, Dale Rider, a former U. S. Marine, that took me from being a pimple-faced nerd with few friends, to being a popular, confident, first-string,...

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Revisiting Purpose and Vision

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Revisiting Purpose and Vision

In 1978, my practice purpose was “To provide excellent restorative services with personal and professional integrity, and to emphasize individualized preventive care.”   My vision?  “To partner with, and serve the community in which I practice, both as a clinician and a leader.”  These simple statements lacked grandiose language, but served my patients, team, and practice well for thirty-five years. Today, the elements of a practice vision are more sophisticated, and may include: 1. What is it that we wish to give,...

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Dismissing Trouble!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dismissing Trouble!

As a young man, I owned a yard business, and learned early in life that some folks could be more easily pleased than others.  My experiences as a grocery store bag boy during my teen years, only emphasized that point! As a young dentist, however, I actually thought I could please everyone who presented to my practice for care.  Indeed, I recall going to exceptional lengths to ensure that my patients felt appreciated and well-served, and often discounted my fees for service to eliminate cost as a barrier to care. But making and remaking a...

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On Being “Desirable”. . .

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

On Being “Desirable”. . .

Recently I completed a series of lectures to dental hygiene students which blended a lot of preparation for their national board exam with a little bit of practical advice. It surprised me that, after a long weekend of instruction, several asked what they could do to become desirable employees. Here’s what I shared 1.  Attitude is everything! Skills can be learned, but a positive, energetic, “can-do” attitude is infectious, and always a positive trait. 2. Demand clear job descriptions from your employer! One can only excel...

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