I have been reading the classic book by John Maxwell, "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." Every chapter gives me another lesson and another challenge to improve myself. One of my favorite chapters is about the Law of Addition.
The Law of Addition is about how a leader should lead through service to those you lead. Maxwell's example of a servant leader is Jim Sinegal from Costco. He doesn't take home a $100 million salary, even though his company is the fourth largest retailer in the country. He uses folding tables and answers his own phone. Jim Sinegal serves his employees, and they are loyal. Costco has the lowest turnover rate in all of retail.
I have had issues with turnover in my practice, but I hope I am learning. We have changed our hiring process, among other things, improving our team culture. I have learned over the last few years that training my team, giving back to them, educating them and improving their skills improves the practice as a whole.
I was told at church a long time ago that when you're in a leadership position, you should always, "train your replacement." That doesn't mean your assistant will replace you totally. But how great would it be if she could replace you in those tasks she can legally take off your hands? That would free you up to do those things only you can do. Give them training, and they will give time back to you. Sounds like a fair trade.
Michael Lemme, DDS