In dental practice management, I am constantly reading books. These next three books are not necessarily my top three books of all time but they are three books that I have managed to read this summer. Each book has something interesting to offer and I have very much enjoyed the insight fullness that each offers and how it is applicable to my practice and home life.
The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink
I think people think we are all motivated by money. Yet, this is simply not the case. What is the carrot for you? This book talks about what people are really motivated by and how to achieve the same motivation in your own life.
5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
This book talks about the five most common struggles of teams of all types. What are the common hurdles and how do you and your team overcome those struggles? We have all experienced a team that has great potential, but doesn’t work together. Those kinds of teams actually end up hindering sales, education, and business. We have seen these five avoidable dysfunctions; absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results.
As a leader, how can you get your team to acknowledge that these dysfunctions exist, and what can you do to lead the way towards better communication and day-to-day operations that are well executed?
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This book is one of the first best selling self-help books out there. How to Win Friends and Influence People can be applied to any part of your life, not just business. This book also gives good insight on marital relationships as well.
According to Wikipedia, “It gave instruction in handling people, winning friends, bringing people to your way of thinking, being a great leader, and navigating home life successfully.”
Carnegie combined age-old truisms with the emerging field of psychology to present a handbook in human relations, which was interesting and accessible. Emphasizing the use of other’s egotistical tendencies to one’s advantage, Carnegie maintained that success could be found by charm, appreciation, and personality.
For me this book has been great for not only my practice and dental practice management, but my home life as well, especially when it comes to negotiating with a three year old! If you can negotiate and get your way with a toddler, hands down, you have won the award in my book!