It’s not a fairytale.Allow your business to be less reliant on star performers
Can multiply across different locations
Make leveraging possible
Represent the development of intellectual property assets
Make your business more valuable to prospective suitors
Ensure the practice owner is no longer the source of all knowledge – freeing up their time
You can create an efficient business that can run smoothly and efficiently – even if you aren’t there. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?
But there’s one catch. You have to have smart systems in place.
So what exactly are systems?
A system, with standard operating procedures (SOP), is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to complete a certain task. It can be documented in written form or using multimedia options such as video or audio.
Smart systems – that is operating systems, policies and procedures – are essential because they:
More importantly, they can make all your dreams comes true. That is, assuming you dream of owning a profitable practice that runs smoothly without you having to lift a finger.
Unfortunately, I see many practices making catastrophic mistakes when it comes to systems. And these mistakes can have a major impact on your business.
So let’s examine the mistakes and look at how you can rectify them.
Now that we’ve reported on the systems mistakes people make, let’s look at some good news. Systems can be simple to implement in your business.
Don’t Just Dream of an Efficient Business
You know that fantasy you sometimes entertain? The one where you can take a break from your practice and not have to worry about things falling apart in your absence?
That can be a reality.
You just have to implement systems. And here’s the great thing – you don’t even have to create your systems yourself.
You can get your team to help you. Just determine the system categories you need, and develop a template.
Then ask each member of your team to document the tasks they do within the categories.
Pretty soon you’ll be sitting in the sun, without a worry in the world!
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Dr Jesse Green is a dentist, entrepreneur, best-selling author and renowned thought leader in the field of dental practice management.
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