Are You Having the Best One-on-Ones?

By Dr. Addison Killeen

April 16, 2024

Have you ever considered the power of a well-conducted one-on-one meeting within your dental practice? Beyond the day-to-day whirlwind of patient care, administrative duties, and clinical management, the quiet yet impactful one-on-one meeting can be a transformative tool for both practice leaders and their teams.

One-on-one meetings, when executed with intention and focus, offer a unique opportunity for direct feedback, personal development, and mutual understanding. These meetings are the perfect setting to align goals, clarify expectations, and discuss career aspirations. But, their true power lies in listening—actively and empathetically. It’s where leaders can truly understand what motivates their team members, what concerns they might have, and how best to support their growth.

The foundation of these meetings is trust and open communication. By fostering an environment where team members feel valued and heard, you’re not just addressing immediate concerns or objectives; you’re cultivating a culture that prioritizes personal development and job satisfaction. This approach not only enhances team morale but can significantly impact patient care and the overall success of the practice.

So, how can you make the most of these meetings? Preparation is key. Before each meeting, both parties should reflect on discussion points, achievements, and areas for improvement. Setting a clear agenda ensures that time is spent efficiently and that both participants are engaged in the conversation. Remember, the goal is not just to review performance but to inspire, motivate, and understand.

Incorporating effective one-on-one meetings into your practice management strategy can lead to profound changes. Not only do they provide clarity and direction for your team members, but they also offer leaders valuable insights into their practice’s operations and culture. By embracing this simple yet effective tool, you’re investing in the future of your practice and the well-being of your team.

Be well and do well,
Dr. Addison Killeen

P.S. Remember, the strength of our practice lies in the unity and growth of our team. If you’re looking to elevate your dental practice to new heights, consider joining the Dental Success Network. Our community is dedicated to providing the resources, support, and guidance needed to thrive in today’s competitive dental landscape. Join us and let’s achieve success together.