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Keeping You Plugged In: Adapting to Change

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

dental team motivationDr. Larry Emmott is a technology consultant for dentists. He has seen many practices make the leap to high tech, both in the front and back office. Dr. Emmott says, “The changes are not revolutionary, but evolutionary.” Making a dramatic transition involves training, practicing, and getting the whole team on board. How can you keep your dental team from dragging your dream of hi tech down?

Motivate: If your team is not on board with the change, your new venture is doomed. Prepare your team for the new technology before you bring it into the office. Explain how the time and money you invest in learning new systems now will pay off with big returns in the future. The office will run more smoothly, which means everyone’s job – as will practice growth – will be easier. Focus on how the changes will benefit the team members, then the patients, then the practice as a whole.

Educate: If you want to make the most of your new, innovative tools, prioritize training. Oftentimes a manufacturer will provide training either on site or at group classes. Online tutorials and guides may also be available, which make learning economical and easy. If you prefer a more one-on-one approach, consider hiring a technology consultant. Schedule time for your team members to learn how to use the new technology. On-the-job training is great, but some off-the-job training may also be necessary. Remember, you’re making a big financial investment. Don’t skimp on the training, but rather take full advantage of the technology you purchased!

Practice: Dr. Emmott says that frustration will pass as skills are developed. So, practice, practice, practice using those new systems. Don’t give up and revert to old ways just to save time today. In the long run, the new systems will be more efficient and effective. For more on this topic, visit

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