50 to 70 percent of the time, efforts to make changes in offices fail. These are not promising results, especially for dental practices who are striving to make everything run smoothly. Here are a few tips that can help you make changes and minimize the chances of running into a wall.
- Propose a Change with a Story: Do not just blatantly go on and announce that you are planning to make a change. This strategy may work in the short-term, but it will ultimately backfire in the long run. Try to announce these changes using a gentler approach, much like a story. Stories present your team with a colorful vision of the easier, more productive life that your change can create, one that your team will want.
- Bring Reasons for the Changes You Have in Mind: You must first convince your colleagues why they need to agree to your ideas. The easiest way to do that is by providing statistics. First show the challenges your office faces, such as hours spent on one task, patient dissatisfaction rates, etc, then go on by introducing how your idea can help solve these problems.
- Be Persistent: Most changes fail to take place even after the decision-makers in an office approve. Gradually, your colleagues may lose interest or start to believe that these changes will hinder their jobs. Try to remain persistent and schedule follow-ups to remind them why this change needs to take place.
Proposing changes are always met with some sort of resistance but are crucial for practices to grow and thrive. Keeping these ideas in mind will help smooth the process the next time you will want to bring your career to the next step.