Novelist, Michael Cunningham said, “If you shout loud enough, for long enough, a crowd will gather to see what all the noise is about. It’s the nature of crowds. They don’t stay long, unless you give them a reason.”
Of course the issue here isn’t “shouting.” There’s a compelling leadership principle in Cunningham’s statement that you should follow as a dentrepreneur.
Basically, it’s what propels you to go beyond the status quo. It’s also what could propel your current fee-for-service solo dental practice into something more fulfilling.
Dental leaders (dentrepreneurs) know it. And they use it to their advantage.
As a dentrepreneur you manage energy more than you manage time, processes, procedures, etc. Why?
It involves knowing and doing. Because you know something doesn’t mean you’ll act on it.
For example, if knowledge were enough your dental patients would schedule treatment with unflinching loyalty. Instead they delay, make excuses, and often do so at risk to their own health.
One thing separates the knowledge crowd from the action-doer crowd. Again, it’s energy!
Consider this definition of “energy”:
“1: internal or inherent power; capacity of acting, operating, or producing an effect. 2: strength of expression; force of utterance; power to impress the mind and arouse the feelings; life; spirit.”
Notice a particular word within the definition. Energy gives you “power.”
Your leadership capacity is a reflection of your power. In this instance (and ideally for most) your power isn’t a force to be wielded like a sword.
Energy fueled power is your ability to establish, guide, and propel progress. It’s your capability to produce an effect through and within others.
As a dentrepreneur, be careful to not allow your vision to consume your team. Your power is most effective when (according to the definition) it arouses something in the heart of your team.
How to Manage Energy and Move Beyond Managing Your Time and Processes
1-Energize your motivation.
At the core of motivation is an internal awareness of what gets you out of bed in the morning. The same enables you to work through setbacks too.
Energy management is substantially more productive than time management. Time is a limited asset but your energy is different. TWEET THIS LINK
Practically, you cannot produce your personal time or that of your team. Though, you can create and manage reservoirs of energy that you can tap into consistently.
Energy Boost: List the energy generators of your current dental practice. Think beyond singular hours and production blocks.
2-Energize your long term vision.
You probably envisioned a different future two, five, 10 years ago than you’re currently living. This happens because vision drifts.
It’s never too late to reset your course. Becoming a dentrepreneur will infuse your vision with fresh energy. TWEET THIS LINK
Energy Boost: Recall why you “love” what you do. List the reasons you love dentistry.
Energy Boost: Invest in an idea-economy. Partner with like-minded sources of energy that build you as leader rather than merely a producer.
3-Energize your growth.
There’s something numbing about waking up and going through the motions. Managing time more than you manage energy will do this to you.
Mere existence drains energy when it has no future beyond the daily grind. Being a dentrepreneur means you’re consistently making progress towards higher goals and purposes.
Energy Boost: Define your goals. This sounds cliché’ but realize nothing was ever achieved without clear, measurable goals.
Energy Boost: Get rid of energy drains. Where is time or current processes within your practice sucking your energy? Fearlessly face and (if necessary) eliminate them.
Energy Boost: Partner for progress. If you’re committed to making energy management a priority you’ll need help.
Ask for help from a growing community of supportive leaders and pace-setting dentrepreneurs. Join the crowd and build your energy for long-term dentistry success.