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“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”– Steve Jobs

Your focus determines the impact. It’s so critical that we don’t confuse activity with accomplishment or being busy with being productive. I remember hearing a story years ago about a man who was touring a corporate headquarters and remarked that one of the team was sitting with his feet up on the desk doing nothing. The executive leading the tour corrected the man saying ‘actually he’s doing exactly what we pay him to do.. he’s thinking.”

Do you make the time to think as you begin your week or your day? Do you clear your desk or do you clear your head? When is the last time you physically wrote down the top priorities you must be focused on? Urgent issues demand our attention, but they may distract our focus from where it must be if we are to achieve great results. Don’t permit someone else’s emergency to divert your precious time and attention. Your team is counting on you. Dental Practice Development Inc.

That’s a Bunch of Baloney!

Is the Patient Always Right? Bob Kelleher of Southwest Airlines knows a lot about the power of purpose and the value of respecting your employees and treating them well. His company has been profitable for 38 years in a row – unheard of in the airline industry. He say that “the customer is always right” is a bunch of baloney if you have any respect for your employees. He believes that your employees are more important than customers and recommends taking care of your employees so they are able to treat your customers with warmth and hospitality that will keep your customers coming back, loyal to your company. CNBC Titans has a great episode devoted to Bob Kelleher’s story if you want to learn more. Dental Practice Development Inc.