Episode 565

The Three Types of Meetings that Every Thriving Practice Needs

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: November 9, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:49:50

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Working in a team is not always one of the easy things to do. It is, therefore, important to have team meetings so that the team can have an overall view of the progress.

How will team meetings help your practice?

  • Builds Stronger Relationships
  • Establishes Alignment
  • Improves Employee Engagement
  • A Medium for Feedback and Continuous Improvement
  • Helps Make Better and Faster Decisions

Having team meetings is a way to ensure your staff and management teams are aligned so that no obstacles stand in the way of your practice’s progress and to create an open forum for dialogue and discussion.

In this episode, Gary talks about 3 types of meetings that will synchronize your team toward the common goal of your practice.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Dr. Pavel Krastev on the Importance of reviewing a patient’s health history.

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:00:47 – Announcement about the upcoming Masterclass.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:02:45 – Dr. Pavel Krastev on the Importance of reviewing a patient’s health history.

Coaching In Action

  • 00:08:13 – Why does Naren think one-on-one meetings are powerful?
  • 00:09:13 – How does Steven Covey’s concept relate to having team meetings?
  • 00:10:19 – What will the 3 meetings Gary talks about in this episode help your practice?
  • 00:10:58 – What are the 3 types of meetings?
  • 00:12:28 – Meeting type Number 1.
  • 00:17:41 – Garey suggests a way to turbo charge your morning team huddle.
  • 00:20:21 – Meeting type Number 2.
  • 00:20:29 – How often should you have regular team meetings and what is the ideal duration of these meetings.
  • 00:22:00 – What should you review in one of the team meetings every month?
  • 00:22:58 – Meeting type Number 3.
  • 00:26:20 – Some activities you can do in these meetings.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:28:39 – Question 1 – I have tried Morning Huddles two different times in my practice and they quickly fizzled into being non productive, so we dropped them. How can I get a Morning Huddle to stick this time?
  • 00:34:14 – Question 2 – I like your idea of the semi-annual Team Meeting combined with a fun activity together in the afternoon. Can you suggest possible topics for the morning working session?
  • 00:39:08 – Question 3 – I’m having trouble with a couple of Team Members being tardy for the morning huddle. I know I need to address this individually with these Team Members, but I also don’t want to be too harsh in the current hiring environment. If they left, I may have difficulty replacing them. Any suggestions?
  • 00:43:24 – Question 4 – You have mentioned that during one of the regular Team Meetings each month, you recommend that we review the numbers and practice performance from the previous month. I have never shared this type of information with the entire Team. Do you see any risks in sharing too much information with 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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