The value received by meeting as a team each and every week cannot be overstated. As a solo practitioner, you may be fitting in meetings at lunch or randomly between patients; you can subsist doing this, but setting aside a specific time to meet with your team each week gives structure and will have a huge impact on your practice.
If you have any desire to have a multi-practitioner practice, taking the time to meet weekly becomes mandatory. During a weekly meeting, you can review statistics, strategy, projects, and programs. One other extremely valuable aspect (that even those having weekly meetings often fail to do) is to take the time to work ‘ON’ their practice procedures with their team. In our office, this Perfect Practice time is invaluable. We have a document in which any team member can add items for review that may have come up during the week. It could be an interaction that went wrong, a procedure that you notice could be done better, or something that is being done incorrectly.
Handling issues in the office in this manner helps to reduce conflict by addressing performance issues or procedural problems in a respectful manner. After having done this with my team for a decade and a half, it is a rare week that we don’t have items added for discussion that take up all of our allotted time. In those rare instances when we don’t have any items for review, or if we finish early, we pick random procedures to review, discuss, and consider how we might be able to do them even better. Here is our current weekly meeting schedule to help you create your own... READ MORE