Challenging the Status Quo

Challenging the Status Quo

If you’ve made it this far, then odds are you want to move past the status quo. You are seeking ideas, solutions, and hope for a more prosperous state of the veterinary profession. Those solutions begin with challenging the status quo within the walls of your own practice. The problem is that if you’re like most veterinarians, practice managers, and leaders today then you’re too busy putting out fires and simply keeping the practice doors open to stop and question the status quo, let alone challenge it. And the longer you wait, continuing to run on that hamster wheel, the harder it becomes to get off. You become burnt out and lose sight of what you were trying to accomplish, making it more difficult to take the veterinary profession to the next level. In general, we already suffer from being late adopters. Take the fax machine as an example; why is fax so integral to veterinary practice communication when the rest of the world has moved on to email, Skype, Dropbox, and Google apps to name just a few alternative methods of sharing information?

Put down your fire extinguisher, step off that treadmill that goes nowhere and ask yourself “how can we do things better?” The future of veterinary medicine is dependent on how well we manage to:

  • Connect and communicate with people who have pets in their lives
  • Collaborate and communicate information with our colleagues
  • Market our services and products to people who need them
  • Create workplaces that inspire excellence in an environment where laughter is the rule, and not the exception
  • Create career paths for our employees, meeting their personal and professional development needs
  • Generate a level of profitability that allows for reinvestment and growth

Step away from the day-to-day with your team and take a look at what that means for your practice. Bring them into the conversation and tap into the ideas that rise to the surface when you take the time to step away from the practice and examine the status quo. This investment will pay off when you see that you’ve laid a path for your practice’s future success.

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