The question of how to get someone to follow your vision, do what you are trying to create, and help you create the practice that you want is a common one and brings to the surface the idea that it’s possible to have people match your vision, no matter what it is.
Knowing your Vision
The key place to begin answering this question is to ask one back: what is your vision? What is it you want your business, your practice to be in a year, in 5 years, in 20 years? What is the ideal that you are working towards and what is it about this ideal that keeps you pushing through when challenges occur?
Defining your vision is so incredibly important because if you don’t know what it is you want, then how could you possibly get someone to follow you. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. So the key is to know where you are going; what your end game is, your final destination. And how will you know when you finally get there?
We work with dentists to define their vision, because it helps them clarify where they are going in order to accelerate the journey of getting there. Once you have a clear vision of what it is you want, it becomes significantly easier to get you there, and much faster. The reason for that is that clarity allows you to know exactly what to do when challenges occur. It saves you time when s**t hits the fan. When you are clear about what you want and how it would look, when you hit a challenge or detour or roadblock, you will know what to do in order to get you back on your path.
Communicating your Vision
Clarity is power, but communication is leverage. If you have a vision, but no one knows what that vision is, then they can’t possibly help you reach it. Communicating your vision to your team creates unity. When your people know what you want, they can much easier help you get there, and faster. They will work better together because they all know what the outcome needs to be. They all know what it’s supposed to look like when they do what you want.
Your vision for your practice, how you want your practice to be, must be communicated to your team, and then it must be LIVED. That means that you stick to what you want, your ideals. No matter what. So you live it. You live it daily, weekly, monthly, and you keep living it even when things are hard and it would be easier to cut corners. If you communicate your vision properly, your team will help you do the right thing, even when it’s hard. When you communicate your vision and set up scenarios of what to do and when, then it becomes easy for everyone to have your back at all times.
What happens when a staff member doesn’t agree with my vision?
There are times when someone on your team has different values than you do. Or someone who believes in something different. We are all unique human beings and what is right for me may not be right for someone else. That’s why it’s very important to hire people who believe what you believe, people who agree with your vision. You can’t convince someone to change their beliefs. You can show them why you believe what you believe, you can explain and have conversations about it, but ultimately, a staff member that doesn’t believe what you believe will inadvertently sabotage what you are trying to achieve.
When you have a staff member that doesn’t agree with your vision, it may be time to part ways. Some people are not meant to be with you forever and forcing something that isn’t working long-term will do more harm than good.
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