Episode 590

10 Must Read Books for Dentists

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: May 3, 2023 | Listening Time: 00:51:23

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In today’s episode, we will discuss the 10 Must Read Books for Dentists. If you’re a dentist looking to create a relationship-driven practice, be effective in what you do, turn a good situation great, develop leadership and behavioral skills, or learn about management skills, then this episode is for you! Gary will be sharing insights on how these books can help dentists have a rewarding career in dentistry while leading a fulfilling life. 

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:01:02 – Announcement about upcoming MBA

Clinical tip

  • 00:04:04 – Dr. Pavel Krastev on Successful Insertion of All Ceramic Crowns

Coaching in action 

  • 00:08:46 – Gary and Naren talk about why Continual improvement is crucial 

Gary mentions the 10 must-read books for dentists

  • 00:13:00 – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • 00:15:35 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • 00:19:32 – Good to Great by Jim C. Collins
  • 00:22:49 – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • 00:24:49 – The One Minute Manager® by Ken Blanchard
  • 00:27:22 – A Better Way: The surprising path to a complete life by Dr. Peter E. Dawson
  • 00:29:24 – A Philosophy of the Practice of Dentistry by Dr. L.D. Pankey
  • 00:32:16 – Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High 
  • 00:40:36 – Beat the Heart Attack Gene by Dr. Bradley Bale
  • 00:43:31 – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini


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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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