Do's and don'ts for team building

By Dr. Roger P. Levin, contributing writer

December 14, 2020 -- Team building may be one of the most complex components of a successful dental practice. In Levin Group's ongoing 30-year study of top 10% performing practices, we've found that one of the reasons for their success is that they tend to have higher team longevity. In fact, the average team member in a top 10% performing practice remains with the practice five to seven years longer than in most other practices. This isn't the only reason why these practices move into the top 10%, but it's a very important component.


Improve your leadership skills. We typically find that successful practice leaders are effective at team building because they've put more effort into their leadership skill set. These doctors recognize that without effective leadership, team building will fail, and the practice vision, mission, and culture will never fully develop. Your vision, mission, and culture are essential to keeping your team on the path toward success.


Don't forget to create a fun environment. As busy as many of the top 10% performing practices are, they still seem to make time for activities and fun. Many of them have regular activities throughout the year, and some even have a major event such as an upscale dinner or event. A few practices we know even offer cruises to their team as an earned bonus that is tied to a specific level of practice performance.

Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm, and one of the most sought-after speakers in dentistry. Levin has authored 65 books and more than 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing. You can sign up for the Levin Group Tip of the Day.

The comments and observations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, nor should they be construed as an endorsement or admonishment of any particular idea, vendor, or organization.

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