¢ommunication is at the heart of creating beautiful, accurate restorations. It’s the soul of our business relationships. How we communicate - from thoroughness to timeliness to the methods we use to get our message across - says a lot about us as technicians, innovators and people to work with. Communication, in all its forms, can truly impact your reputation and that of your doctor clients.
Succession Strategies for Family-Owned or Closely Held Businesses
Running a family-owned or closely-held business is a challenge. It is difficult to keep it up and running. Forty-three percent of family-owned businesses will pass from one generation to the next, thirty percent of those will survive the second generation and less than 15 percent of those will successfully pass to the third generation.
Siegel Rich, the business consulting division of Rothstein Kass Certified Public Accountants, offers the following tips on how to run and pass on a successful family-owned or closely-held business.
The deep-set relations often found within a family can serve as the foundation for successful company growth -- or it can become the basis for arguments and grievances that can endanger the expansion or long-term existence of a company. To avoid this -- or at least to minimize the chances of disruption -- keep the following in mind when running a family business:
When Business Cards Aren't Enough: Unusual, Uncommon and Unexpected Networking Secrets
There comes a time in every small businessperson’s life when common networking practices like handing out business cards, attending various meetings and schmoozing with potential clients only goes so far. Eventually, the same old techniques get overused to the point that they become insufficient.
How to Be A Super Achiever: 10 Strategies for Unleashing your Success
The day that I became a firewalker (walking on red-hot coals about 2000∞F), I had first to believe that I could do it. While I was getting ready to walk, I had to look straight ahead beyond the coals. I saw myself reaching the other side of the hot coals and I saw myself celebrating what I had accomplished. I just had to believe that I could achieve my firewalk and that I was going to succeed. No matter what could happen, no matter what my brain kept telling me, I was committed to walking about on 20 feet of fire and reaching the other side.
In the December 2004 issue of JDT, Risky Business reviewed OSHA’s Seven-Step Voluntary Training Guidelines. Using an organized approach and proven techniques can help you design an excellent training program. Step Five outlined the guidelines for conducting the training.
Just like the cornerstone of dentistry remains the tried-and-true porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restoration, so too are production ceramics the mainstay of busy dental laboratories for what we refer to as the average case. You know what I mean: A posterior PFM for a tooth between No. 12 and No. 15, usually a single unit but sometimes a three-unit bridge that’s prescribed in shade A2. OK, I’ll admit that not all average cases fit into that mold, but you get the idea.