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    The biggest mistakes dentists make: Making decisions too slowly

    The following is an excerpt from Dr. Roger P. Levin's book "The 31 Biggest Mistakes Dentists Make."

    Based on his extensive experience with dentists in the past 30 years, Dr. Roger P. Levin has authored a new book entitled The 31 Biggest Mistakes Dentists Make. His premise is simple. As he says in the introduction, “We can learn from our mistakes. But isn’t it better to learn from other people’s mistakes?”

    Following is an excerpt from the book.

    More mistakes: Living above your means

    One of the key lessons I have learned from the nation’s top CEOs is that leadership decisions should be made quickly. Successful leaders gather information and then act on it without hesitation. They rarely change their minds. Instead, they commit to a path and work to make it successful.

    Dentists typically act differently. Because of the amount of time they spend on patient care, they have very little room in the day for strategic thinking. The result? Dentists tend to make many nonclinical decisions slowly—to their own detriment.

    Since 2009, a new dental economy has emerged in which 75 percent of practices have seen declines in production. Instead of adapting their practices to economic reality, many dentists have waited for the situation to improve.

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    Dr. Roger P. Levin
    Roger P. Levin, DDS, is Executive Founder of Dental Business Study Clubs – Dentistry’s only All-Business Study Clubs, the next ...


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