Monthly Archives: May 2016

Why You Need A More Positive Attitude

There are many reasons to maintain a positive attitude. One, negativity is bad for you. Studies show that optimists are physically and mentally better off than pessimists. In fact, optimists live longer. Positivity also affects performance. In a study of salespeople, the optimists sold significantly more policies than the pessimists.

Ways to stay positive? First, stop the negative self-talk. Second, identify something positive in your life. This is toughest when things aren’t going well but you can always find some small good in something. Third, adopt an attitude of gratitude, which decreases stress hormones by 23%.

These suggestions may sound basic but they are powerful because they train your brain to focus on the positive. If you practice them, you will break old negative habits. Cultivate a positive way of thinking and enjoy the physical and emotional benefits in your life.

Read the full article here:
Why You Need A More Positive Attitude

Dental practice leadership: Learning to delegate my way to smooth sailing

The art of delegation seems like an easy task for ones who aren’t in leadership positions. However, as Dr. Kenyon Glor goes out of his way to point out; many caveats may be faced when running a team of individuals. Learning how to delegate properly can be the key to success or lack thereof.

With a few simple steps, you can learn what he’s done to achieve proper synergy within his team. First, he took ownership over the disorganization in an effort to remove pressure from the backs of his subordinates. Then he went on to set his expectations moving forward. Lastly, he eased them into their roles by asking for feedback from each individual respective to their assignments, effectively making them feel more responsible and important in the process.

Read the full article here:
Dental practice leadership: Learning to delegate my way to smooth sailing

RESUME TIP: Relax and tell us what you’ve been doing lately

As someone who reviews resumes on a daily basis, I will tell you that it’s OK to leave some of your job history off of your resume. Say you’re a career dental professional with a long employment history. While it’s great to have that experience in your pocket, I’m really only interested in what you have been doing over the last ten years, and here is why: About ten years ago, dentistry kicked into high gear. Offices began transitioning from paper to paperless, and technology slowly but surely became the key to running a dental practice. So share your recent work history and skill set, but save the previous years for your cover letter. Your cover letter is where you share a brief narrative of your work history and how you got to where you are today.

We hear a lot of the same questions from job seekers when coaching them on their resumes.

“Should I add my job at Dr. Smith’s office on my resume? I only worked there four months.”

or

“I had an ethical disagreement with my employer, and we were in mutual agreement about my leaving. I feel like I will be given a poor reference. Can I leave this job off my resume?”

or this one

“I’m not too proud of the last office I worked at. It’s not seen in a bright light, and I don’t want to be affiliated with it. Is it OK to leave it off my resume?”

If you have a gut feeling to leave information off your resume, I say go with your gut. Just keep in mind you’ll need to be prepared to answer questions at the interview about gaps in your employment history. We all know the dental community – however spread out it is – is small. People know people, who know people, who know you. You must think this through and be prepared to answer questions if asked about work history and/or employment gaps.

Click the link below to read a great article from Forbes.com that gives reasons why it might be a good idea to leave that job you’re questioning off of your resume.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/05/02/five-good-reasons-to-leave-a-job-off-your-resume/#6950af073f10

How Your Personality Determines How You Learn

Some ways that people learn are strategic, deep, or on the surface. Not that there is a better way to learn, but it is important to note we are all unique and it is often partly due to genetics. The best thing to do to reach our best self is to recognize how we learn so that we can adapt to it and grow.

Not everyone processes information in the same way, some will crave knowledge and learning from books, others will be more ready and willing for hands on type experiences. The differences are helpful to note not only for ourselves but for interacting with our friends family and coworkers in more fulfilling ways. We will be able to connect better with those around us and ourselves with this understanding.

Read the full article here:
How Your Personality Determines How You Learn

Giving Thanks to All

We often forget to give thanks to those who make our job easier and more enjoyable. Because the truth is, without the people who pick us to service them, we would not make any money. Also, without our receptionists and/or assistants, we would be stuck doing our job alone.

We should practice giving more thanks to people like that.

Giving a simple “Thank You” would not only make their day, but make your day as well. After all, those people could easily choose someone else to employ them or service them. A thank you will go a long way in the workforce. In conclusion, a thanks to all is very important. At the end of the day, it is very beneficial.

Read the full article here:
Giving Thanks to All