Great communication

Good communication within a team is essential to building and maintaining positive working relationships and also key in managing the performance of your team. In the 21st Century dental practice we can now communication using email, social media, phone, text, google hangout to name a few, but what about good old fashioned one to one conversation?
Face to face communication is still a very important part of managing effective team relationships. It takes in to account vocal pitch / tone, body language and how we USE words. Have you ever sent an email where the message was completely lost in translation? Did this result in misunderstanding and uncertainty? At worst, did you cause offence? one to one conversation enables clarity as it allows you to be open, transparent and honest in a manner that will encourage growth within your team and not damage someones confidence.
In dental practice, the principal and/or manager must ensure the following forms of communication are in place:
•             Daily team huddles
•             Weekly Personal Performance Interviews
•             Monthly management meetings
•             Monthly team meetings/team builds
Consistent and open communication will create improved commitment and job satisfaction through the exchange of ideas, discussion and honest feedback.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.