Top Tips for Leading Your Practice in Turbulent Times
Leading your practice during a crisis is very challenging and stressful. In a highly competitive marketplace your ABCs – Attitude, Beliefs and Confidence really counts. A small shift in your mindset can give you a BIG improvement in results.
Here are my BEST TIPS for being a better leader and leading in tough times:
1. Be a BEACON – Get Your MINDSET Right
Attitude is 80% of success – Learn how to flick your own attitude switch from grumpy to great by maximising your energy, focusing your inner little voice and managing your stress level.
Be a beacon of positivity, optimism and calm to lead your team and attract clients.
2. Be ORGANISED – Get a Plan & Prioritise It
Any plan is better than no plan – A one page strategy plan, an action plan, a To Do List, or Not to do list. Identify and focus on your ideal clients, alliances & products. Learn to say No!
3. Be a NUMBER COUNTER – Watch Your Numbers – Get Financial Numbers and Watch Your Results
Always know your desired outcome to get better results . What you focus on expands. Where your attention goes – money flows! If you don’t like numbers – use colours and charts to communicate.
4. Be NEAT – Improve Your Appearance & Environ
People judge professionals on professionalism. Your personal presentation is critical – The way you look, your equipment, car and office says a lot about your business. Tidy up & get a makeover!
5. Be PRICEY – Can you sustain your Prices and Avoid Discounting during the crisis?
Learn to sell your VALUE before you discuss price. Don’t be a premature price presenter. You are not a commodity! – learn to add more value and confidently articulate it. If sales volume is going up – put up your prices. If it’s going down – fix your customer service and Marketing – then put up prices
6. Be FOUND Easily – Leave a Trail & Be Easy to Find
Be brilliant at the basics – Business Cards with picture and large font, helpful Brochures, Nice phone message, More Web listings & Google Places. Get a Facebook fan page and LinkedIn Bio listing.
7. Be REMEMBERED – Work Your Relationships
When starting up contact your Personal Network of 1000 people you know. Fill Your Database with all the data from Prospects, Alliances & Clients. Focus your efforts on your Top 10 clients, Your Influential 100 relationships (meetings) and leverage the 1000s with regular contact via their preferred channel – enews, emails, mail, cards, SMS or Facebook posts (use a marketing calendar).
8. Be an EXPERT – Go find a Niche or two!
People pay professionals for expertise yet it’s hard to be all things to all people. Find several niches where you can develop experience and connections. Develop a speciality niche – patients or procedures – your signature surgery.
9. Be HUMBLE – Leading is ASKING for More Help
Many people have a big ego and it stops them asking for help – and directions! Courageous people ask other successful people for their ideas and experiences. Find a good Mentor and an accountability buddy too.
10. Be More GRATEFUL – Build Alliances & Reward Your Referrers
Thank people for any and all their help – give your referrers feedback and updates., send cards, gifts and cross-referrals. Don’t be a tight-ass with the appreciation! Most people feel under-appreciated. Thank them for ALL their leads and referrals. What gets rewarded gets repeated and what gets celebrated gets achieved.
11. Be SMARTER – Seek Better Quality Information about the World
Read more Books & Blogs! Watch YouTube training videos. Find your guru – consult experts and advisers. Most books contain someone’s lifetime of knowledge and wisdom – just find the right one you need at the right time.
12. Be FOCUSSED – Get More Clarity on What You Want (or Don’t Want)
Set more goals, make more wishes and have a dream poster, Choose to spend your time on high $ value activities (Negotiating, Dealmaking, Selling, Systemising etc.) not lower value activities. Learn to delegate – coach and counsel other people.
13. Be a CONTRARIAN – Leading during a crisis involves actively seeking Good News and Avoiding the “Bad News” Media
Focus on any good news, personal bests and any improvements. Avoid TV and Newspapers that are full of bad news. People want to feel better about themselves by comparison to worst case events.
14. Be an ASKER – Turn One Patient into Many More
Learn to listen better and ask more – don’t just tell. Ask the ‘million dollar’ questions. Find out where any of your best patients are coming from. Adopt a Blue Ocean Mindset – Ask Who else? What else? When else? Where else? & How else?
15. Be SYSTEMATIC – Improve Your Process & Systems
Adopt a standard process for starting and ending your team meetings. Send an agenda beforehand. Use a set of Checklists. Have a list of great diagnostic questions and a list of addons you can offer clients. Finish meetings by asking for help and agree on the next step.
16. Be HIGH TECH – Use Better Technology & Efficient Equipment
Anything that can save you time, saves you money – a better Phone, Laptop, Website, Blog or Database will boost productivity.
Try a new phone or laptop and use outsourcing websites like Upwork and Fiverr.
17. Be EMPATHETIC – Remove Client Ouch! & Reduce Their Pain
You can convert more prospects and patients by finding and removing their pain. Ask patients “If there was one thing we could do to improve what would it be?”They want more comfort, more ease of use, no nasty surprises, better quality, branding and design efforts. Show them that you really care. Remember that FUDGE sells – Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt, Guilt, Effort – show prospects how to remove their fears by trusting you.
18. Be FRUGAL – Spend Less than You Earn
Do everything you can with what you already have. Keep your costs down and expenditure in line with income. You can’t spend your way to success. Just do the work – new toys don’t grow clients. Don’t make excuses – keep busy. Early on – it’s less yearning and learning and more earning!
19. Be DILIGENT – Put More Effort into Building Your Team
When you employ someone – you rent a body. If you want productive work you need their heart and mind too. Learn to be a better leader and put much more effort into recruitment, coaching & training efforts. One hour of good recruitment saves 100’s of hours of pain and effort.
20. Be DISCIPLINED – Leading requires More Doing, Less Knowing and Avoid Distractions
Most people know what to do – they just don’t do it. Build your discipline muscle over time by choosing to do the right thing. Avoid doing blame, reasons, excuses, bad attitude and denial. Don’t fool yourself with distractions and addictions. Read the book “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath for ideas on changing when change is hard.
So what really makes any practice or business successful? –
Good people with a good plan following a good process will usually get good performance. Success requires something extra – the right people with the right strategy doing the right things at the right time & place.
In turbulent times it’s essential to choose the right strategies and make the most of ALL your resources.
You only have a limited amount of time, energy, attention, money and support – so you need a great plan and most importantly the drive and discipline to implement it!
GET YOURSELF A MENTOR!
If you need some help to grow your practice – call me for a chat. I can help!