Episode 585

Lessons from ‘Leaders Eat Last’ by Simon Sinek

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: March 29, 2023 | Listening Time: 00:49:19

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In this episode, Gary shares takeaways from the book Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek and explores how the lessons outlined in the book can be applied to dentistry. As dentists, we often focus on the technical aspects of our profession and neglect the importance of building a strong team culture. Drawing on insights from the book, we discuss how dentists can create a work environment where team members feel valued, supported, and motivated to provide excellent patient care. From fostering trust and cooperation to creating a shared sense of purpose, we explore practical strategies for building a successful and fulfilling dental practice. Join us for this insightful discussion on how dentists can become better leaders and build high-performing teams.

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:01:00 – Announcement about the upcoming Masterclass.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:03:53 – Mo Budak on History of Dentistry: Episode 01

Coaching In Action

Gary shares his takeaways from the book: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Q&A Segment

  • 00:32:55 – Question Number 1 – Gary, I love this book and really found your book club recording very useful. In the book, Simon Sinek talks about the importance of creating a circle of safety. How can I create a circle of safety yet also be able to take corrective action with my team members when necessary?
  • 00:37:03 – Question Number 2 – In the book, Simon says leaders look after people, and managers look after numbers. How much of the “numbers information” do you think is important to share with the team?
  • 00:39:51 – Question Number 3 – The truth is any dental office is a cortisol-soaked environment. How can I effectively counteract that reality?
  • 00:43:08 – Question Number 4 – It seems like my team members are just here to do a job. What can I do to create more engagement from my team members?


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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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