Episode 552

The Most Effective Decision Making Style Among Thriving Dentists

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: August 10, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:46:51

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Good decision-making can improve your leadership qualities. Getting to know the four decision-making styles will help you understand how to make choices in the workplace. When you identify your decisive style, you can learn how to manage the outcomes of a situation when you need to provide a solution.

In this Episode, Gary Explains four main styles of decision-making in the workplace with examples, so you can understand what style you could use to make decisions in your dental practice.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Dr. Jeremy Krell on Creative solutions to staffing challenges.

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:00:54 – Announcement on the upcoming Masterclass

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:03:03 – Jeremy Krell on Creative solutions to staffing challenges

Coaching In Action

  • 00:07:05 – What is the common denominator amongst world-class dentists?
  • 00:08:54 – What are the characteristics of an effective leader according to Dan Goleman?
  • 00:10:17 – Gary introduces the 4 different making styles through a common phrase.
  • 00:10:52 – Style Number 1
  • 00:11:34 – Style Number 2
  • 00:12:28 – Style Number 3
  • 00:13:18 – Style Number 4
  • 00:16:07 – Gary talks about which decision making style may suit your practice model.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:27:57 – Question 1 – I am considering dropping PPO Plans. Which decision making style would you encourage me to adapt?
  • 00:32:17 – Question 2 – My lease is coming to an end and I am interested in a larger office and new location. Walk me through some decision making criteria for the best outcome?
  • 00:38:33 – Question 3 – In the past I have been guilty of hanging on to underperforming team members for too long. Do you have any guidelines that will help me here?
  • 00:40:10 – Question 4 – I currently have a very strong associate dentist in my practice. I am undecided about continuing in an associate relationship or making her a partner. Your thoughts?


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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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