Hi everyone and welcome to The Delivering WOW Dental Podcast. I'm your host, Dr. Anissa Holmes. And today, we're talking about how to effectively analyze your team and get what you really want out of your practice. This podcast really was inspired by a doctor who posted inside of our Dentalbiz Chiks Facebook group that she had a team member that came to her and said that she was offered more money in another practice and if the doctor would match it and would give her an increase in her salary. The doctor thought about it and the doctor said, okay yes, we'll go ahead and match it. And on Monday, the team member didn't show up for work. And so I don't know how many of you have been in this situation where you have had something similar happen to you. But I actually want to talk to you today about the analysis of team members and really looking at how do we build and scale that multimillion-dollar practice and what sort of team is it going to take to get there?
And how do we analyze a current team to see if they are at the point where they have the capacity to support us in building our practices? Do they want to be there? Have we been clear with them on what we want? And so I want to take this time to really focus on really analyzing our team, because oftentimes what we discover when we have team members who leave, is that we will actually go through this process of frustration. Why? Because we have to now look at getting another team member. But what I often hear is after the fact, it was the biggest blessing because the person that came after them was the best person that they have ever had in that position. And so I actually want us to start looking at, and I'm going to give you a process today, to actually evaluate your team because perhaps the team that got you here is not the team that's going to get you there.
And so I want to talk to you about how we build that team that's going to get us to that next level of growth. Being able to grow, scale, and serve more patients. Being able to grow in a way that you don't have anxiety, that you're able to be really happy, doing more dentistry that you love, and earning way more money so that you can support your team, so that you can support taking them on trips, giving them those benefits, being able to purchase equipment cash, being able to have way more money to put into your retirement account, your investment accounts, being able to take care of your family and take amazing vacations without apologies. And so, as we start looking at our team, what I want you to start doing is to really ask yourself three specific questions, right? And the first question is, does your team, and I want you to do this, take a sheet of paper out and write down each team member's name and ask yourself these questions.
Number one, does this particular team member understand what you are having them there for? Does the team member understand their role? Does your team member understand how to be the most effective in their job? Does your team member understand what the deliverables are, and what guarantees that they're being successful in their role? Have we been clear? And one of the biggest things that I see oftentimes is, because we are so busy that we don't have the ability to train our team, or we don't have the skill set in the knowledge of how to be able to have our team to be able to step into being the highest performers within their role. Oftentimes what happens is that our team members really are not clear on what they are supposed to do. And so I really want you to ask yourself that question is, does your team member understand their role, right?
Do they get what they're there for? Have we been clear about what they're supposed to do? What are their measurables? What are their deliverables? If they are a treatment coordinator, do they understand that X percentage of patients that come in, that they're talking to about scheduling treatment, we want to have actually scheduled, or are they just there every single day, just doing their best, right? So I really want you to analyze that. The second question is, does your team member actually want to be a part of your practice vision that is growing, that is serving patients, and is allowing them to grow personally and professionally as well? And you know, I will say this, as I am onboarding new teams into our coaching program, one of the biggest things that I ask them, or one of the first questions I ask them is, how many of you guys want more for your families than you had growing up, right?
Like, I don't care if your doctor's watching, like just it's okay, I'm giving you permission, raise your hand and let me see. And then I will say doctors, how many of you want more for your kids than you had growing up, right? And what we discover is that we all want the same things. We all want to be able to take care of our families. We want to have them have more than what we had growing up. And so, as we start looking at that, what I often share is that if we had a table and the doctor was trying to pick up the table by themselves, it would be really heavy. If the office manager came to help, it would be a little bit easier. But if everybody picks up a piece of the table, then we can all move across the room really, really fast.
And so one of the things that I often talk about is this concept of being on the bus. And if we want to go from say Miami to LA, one thing that I've shared with my team, I remember when we first did vision boards when I shared my vision of my practice is, I said, guys, we're going to be there. And anybody who's with me, I promise you, I will never forget. And when we get there, we are going to celebrate. We are going to be able to be so excited about what we've done together. And so for me, for you, for your team, I want you to evaluate them and ask, the second question is, do they want it? Do they want to be a part of a practice that is really serving patients hard and collectively you are growing so that you collectively can be able to have the business grow so that everybody can benefit from that, right?
And I often tell this story as well, when I'm talking to team members, is I'll say, when we first started my practice with our first coach, I remember our coach having us do exercises, similar to what I have teams do within our programs, right? And I remember the team member coming to me and she said, you want us to write down what we have to do daily, weekly, and monthly. You're asking us to do vision boards. Like, this is silly. This is not going to work. And I remember going to Nicole, my team member and saying, you are a great assistant. I think you're amazing, but I need you to know that we are going there and so if you are not wanting to do the things, it's okay, and she was like, well, my last doctor didn't make us do this.
And like, this is not going to work. And I said you know what, we're going there. And so I really want you to understand that in order to get to the next level of growth, it really does mean having to make next-level decisions. And it also means really looking at the current team, because if you have team members that are coming in, that are saying, you know what, this other doctor is going to increase my pay, I just want to go over there, can you give me more money? That's not solution-based. Being solution-based is how can we all come together to be able to have more same-day rollover so that we can all make, not just a little bit more, but a lot more. How can we have the ability now to be able to trips together as teams? How do we have the ability to serve our patients hard?
And I will tell you, I have been able to, within my dental practice, within our coaching programs, I'm really proud of it, build cultures where team members really want to be able to serve the people that we serve. And so within my practice, it's all about, guys, this is my vision, I want to be able to be the number one practice. I want to have the latest technology. I want to be able to offer services that nobody else is offering. Right? And that's why we're looking at putting in sleep apnea and really investing the time in the training. Because for me, I know that we can save so many people's lives. But guess what? I can't do it alone. I need a team. I need people around me that are going to help us to be able to serve all of our patients. And you know what, you're the right person to be here on the team.
And I'm going to train you. I'm going to empower you. I'm going to inspire you. And collectively we're going to be able to help more people. Right? Same thing in our coaching program. I go to our accountability coaches and I say like, I want to support you. Tell me what's important to you. You want to have your first home, your first car, like as a business, I want to be able to support you and your personal dreams. And let me tell you the vision of our business, like our business model, what we're really all about, is helping doctors should be able to grow and scale. I want to be able to help hundreds more doctors to be able to build multimillion-dollar practices, women to be able to grow amazing businesses while being able to maintain a household, and have a ton of time for their self-care. That's what I want to do.
And so now what happens is I've got a team who's like, oh, oh my gosh, I love your vision, I want to be a part of it. And so, as you're looking at your current team, again, do they want it? Because it is so amazing when you have people that are collectively growing for one purpose and one cause, right? And if you have people on your team who are just clocking in, clocking out, being negative Nancy's, talking about other team members, guys, they're never going to be the right fit. And what's going to happen is, it is going to start your growth and it is going to delay you from building the business that you're meant to build. Okay? So the third question that we need to ask ourselves is, do our team members, individually, do they have the actual capacity to do what we are requiring for them?
And I often tell a story of one of our coaching clients who came in initially and she actually had her mom, was her only employee and her mom was doing insurance. And so the question again, asking these three questions, does mom understand that she's supposed to call the insurance company, what she's supposed to do? Yeah perhaps, perhaps we've given mom that knowledge that she's the insurance coordinator. Does mom want it? 100%, mom wants to be there to help her daughter be successful. Does mom have the capacity? Right? And the question is, mm, maybe, maybe not. Because mom keeps making mistakes and no matter how much we keep training mom over and over and over and over again, she's getting frustrated, she doesn't have the capacity. And so as we start looking at that, then we can do a few things. Number one, we can move mom into another role.
And so you move mom into the scheduler. So now she's scheduling appointments, she's confirming appointments. And now you have a team member who's thriving, right? So I want you to think about that. We've had lots of shifts in my practice where we've had people who were really slow in terms of assisting the doctor, but who had a ton of knowledge, dental knowledge, to be able to help patients. So they now came in as a new patient coordinator to actually find out from the patient their chief complaint, to have conversations, because they were actually able to use their slowness as a strength to actually be able to slow things down and have great deep conversations. And so we want to look at our team and analyze like, do we have people in the right seats? But also the capacity, a lot of it is, are team members trained as well as they can be trained?
Like, are they masters in verbal skills? Are our teams understanding the power of being leaders and not going to make excuses or being in denial when things are slipping through the cracks? Does your team have the skillset to be able to come together and problem solve? If you have broken appointments, how can everybody come together? If you have one of the team members whose goal is to be able to start three, $10,000 cases a month, does the team have the capacity to be able to understand how to support that person with what they're doing individually as their role, right? And so capacity a lot of times really comes into training. Are you getting your insurance coordinators the training that they need to be the best, right? Oftentimes we are not investing in our teams. We are winging it. We are hoping that they just get it through osmosis, but the fact guys is that's not how it happens.
And so investing in our team, looking at how can we give each team member continuous training. If they're the scheduler, how do you become better at scheduling? If you are a dental assistant, how can you become the best dental assistant to be able to create systems and processes for consistency so that you're staying in budget so that you are being as efficient as possible? So these are the things that we want to look at. And so, as we start looking at those team members that are coming in that are saying, I want to go somewhere else because they're giving me more money over there, what are you going to do? I want to empower you to not be pushed up against a wall and say, you know what? If this practice is not the right fit for you, it's okay, because we are building a family here that we work together and we are going to continuously grow and celebrate together.
If you have negative Nancys who are going against your core values of building a positive team and family spirit, it's never going to work. You will want to have 100%, A players. Now, how do we get those A players? It really comes into the process of how are we hiring. There are frameworks for hiring. Really looking at asking specific questions during the interview process, looking at having group interviews, looking at including in behavioral style assessments so that you can match the position that you are hiring for with their behavioral style. So if you're looking for an insurance coordinator, for example, you want someone who's detail-oriented. You're looking for somebody who's going to be at the front desk, you want somebody who's outgoing. Who's going to ask how's your family doing? So there are processes for hiring that again, oftentimes as practice owners, we don't understand. I didn't always understand this until I actually invested time learning how to effectively hire.
And that is why now, I have not one but two businesses where we've got amazing team members that I'm able to leverage and have them to be able to be the best of their role. I often will say, in our practice, in our team, we want every team member, no matter if they are in sterilization, if they're your assistant, if you're cleaning the office, to be the director of your position, where you can come in, where you can offer suggestions of how to grow. But that comes in with building your team to become leaders and helping them to understand the power of their role in the practice, empowering them. All right? So hopefully this was a really helpful podcast for you. The key really, in getting what you want, is really analyzing your team. Is really starting to understand how to build leverage in your business and verbalizing that what got you here, won't get you there. All right? Take care, guys. Enjoy the rest of your day. And I will see you in the next episode.