Top 20 Books to Drive Dental Practice Success

List of Recommended Reading After speaking at the AADOM meeting in Nashville this month, I’ve received several requests for a list of books I recommend. Here is a list of my Top 20 books to drive your practice success:

  1. A Sense of Urgency by John Kotter
  2. Delivery Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  3. Drive by Daniel Pink
  4. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Graeves
  5. First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham
  6. Fish! A Proven Way To Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen Lundin
  7. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  8. It’s Called Word For a Reason by Larry Winget
  9. Leading Change by John Kotter
  10. Louder Than Words by Bob Kelleher
  11. Power Questions by Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas
  12. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  13. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  by Dr. Stephen R. Covey*
  14. The Discipline of Market Leaders by Traeacy, Wierseman
  15. The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team by Peter Lencioni
  16. The Go-Getter by Peter Kyne
  17. The Hundred Percenters  by Michael Murphy
  18. The Kindness Revolution by Ed Horrell
  19. The Secrets of Six Figure Women by Barbara Stanny (this is for men too!)
  20. Wooden – A Lifetime of Observations

*This has been on my reading list for over 20 years ~ and I’m not done with it yet!

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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.