Worthless activities

This post is about leadership in dental practices.

It is aimed at dentists who want to practice dentistry in a less stressful- and more profitable way.


Hard work with no added value

I see it over and over again.

Stressed out practice owners with too many tasks.

They develop tunnel vision and forget to keep track of those activities that add value to the practice.


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Instead of taking a step back and exercising leadership, they spend more and more time on practical tasks in the dental office. Often without considering whether the tasks being performed add value or simply drain the energy of the practice- and the practice owner. In other words, they are running faster and faster in a hamster wheel that is not moving them forward and where several parts are close to falling apart.


The trouble is that it can be difficult to recognise for yourself whether you have got into such a hamster wheel and what you need to do to get out of it again.

Hamster hides in round cylinder and looks at camera

Important - not urgent

Many years ago, one of my coaches told me: "Work smarter not harder".

The expression has become a worn phrase since then, but the value remains.

The challenge for most dental practice owners is that they spend so much time being dentists - craftsmen, that they forget to look up from the mouths of patients and see what is going on in the practice.


A few colleagues may even find themselves using the work in the mouth of a patient as an escape from the problems of reality. The practice may be in flames without the owner noticing because reality is displaced by the activity that gives the dentist a sense of calm.... and control.


Different activities and their importance for the dental practice.

If you have not read the book "7 habits of highly effective people" by Stephen R Covey, I strongly recommend that you do so.

The book describes 4 different types of activities:

  1. Important - urgent