Sometimes it seems we’re wired to correct the negative. So when it comes to making a change, we’ll wonder, “What is the problem and how shall I fix it?”
Author Dan Heath suggests that this approach probably works fine most of the time — if your kid has a single F on his report card, by all means focus on that problem. However in a post on the Fast Company blog, Heath suggests it isn’t always wise to focus on problems:
There’s one time in life when this problem-focus backfires on us, and that’s when we’re trying to change things. In times of change, our report card doesn’t look almost-perfect. It looks mixed. Parts of it look like a failure. And if, in those times, we slip into problem-solving mode, we’ll spin our wheels, because there are problems everywhere. That’s a recipe for inaction, for paralysis.
What’s the answer? Instead of focusing on the problems, identify the parts that are going right and try to reproduce those results. Heath calls this a bright spots focus.
Here’s an example — let’s say you set a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, and that looking back you haven’t been as consistent as you hoped. You probably exercised on some days – what made those days different? If you do some detective work to identify those bright spots (“I woke up earlier on those days,” or “I had my gym bag ready-to-go by the front door,”) you can focus on increasing the number of good days, rather than scolding yourself for having bad days.
Have you found any bright spots? Leave your answers in the comments.
A new law called the Sunshine Act requires certain companies that provide payments, gifts, food, education, and other “transfers” to dentists to submit an annual report to the federal government with information about each dentist and what was provided.
The Act is intended to make the financial relationships between industry and providers transparent on a national scale, and to give consumers information so they may ask questions and make more informed decisions about their healthcare providers.
If you have questions about the Sunshine Act, you are in luck—the ADA has answers. ADA members may access the Frequently Asked Questions online. This member-only resource addresses twenty questions about the Act, including:
What information will be included in a report?
How can a dentist find out that a report has been filed?
Favorite EBD speakers Janet Clarkson, Dental Health Research Unit University of Dundee, and Bob Weyant, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, return in 2014 to discuss:
dissemination and implementation research
evidence-based clinical treatment and outcomes
behavioral change of practitioners
Information about the complete curriculum and new speakers is coming soon. Participants will receive 10 hours of continuing education credit. The registration fee is $150 for ADA members and $225 for non-members.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to check out the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry where you’ll find on-demand access to systematic reviews, summaries and clinical recommendations that translate the latest scholarly findings into a user-friendly format.
Researcher Daniel Goleman studied 3,000 executives over the course of three years to develop a model of six leadership styles. The original report was published by Harvard Business Review (registration required) but many blogs have referenced his work since the original was published in 2000.
The six styles Goleman identified are:
Coercive leaders demand immediate obedience. Do what I tell you.
Pace-setting leaders expect excellence and self-direction. Do as I do, now.
Authoritative leaders move people towards a vision. Come with me.
Affiliative leaders value and create emotional bonds and harmony. People come first.
Democratic leaders build consensus through participation and collaboration. What do you think?
Coaching leaders will develop people, allowing them to try different approaches in an open way. Try it.
If you’d like to increase your leadership skills, no matter what your style, please join us at the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference taking place in Kansas City, Missouri July 17-19, 2014 at Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center (mark your calendar). In addition to a full day of leadership development, the Conference includes:
hands-on endodontic and implant CE courses at UMKC School of Dentistry
The American Dental Association is proud to be one of the founding members of the Ad Council’s Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. As part of its successful Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, the Partnership recently released Toothsavers, a new, free mobile gaming app. This interactive game encourages kids to save friendly fairy tale characters from the evil, cavity-creating sorceress who cast a wicked, tooth-rotting spell on the kingdom. The goal of the game is to motivate children to save their own teeth by brushing their teeth two minutes, twice a day.
Watch the complete fabrication of an implant overdenture prosthesis from start to finish in the ADA365 presentation Seeing is Believing on Friday, February 7, 2014.
View the latest methods in a digital examination and the newest impression and jaw recording procedures. Everything except the actual laboratory procedure is shown right in front of the camera, giving you an ideal perspective.
Seeing is Believing with instructor Joseph Massad, DDS
Friday, February 7, 2014
11 am-3 pm CST
Fee: $99 (ADA members only)
CE Credits: 2.5
This webcast is a presentation of one of the most popular Education in the Round courses from the ADA 2013 annual meeting. Only ADA members can earn CE credit by watching this webinar. Dr. Massad will also be available afterward to answer your questions and to offer a sneak preview of the courses he will be presenting at ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio.
After this course, you will be able to:
1. Make a final impression in 20 minutes without a lab custom tray
2. Complete a jaw recording with a gothic arch tracing device
On occasion, you may wish to terminate a contract that you feel is not working for you. In many cases, it would be best to fulfill your obligations under the contract and then elect not to renew it at the end of the contract term. But in some cases, you may decide that you would like to get out of the contract before the end date.
By the time you’ve navigated your way through the pages of a contract you might have given yourself a headache. It’s important you understand what you’re signing. But it’s also important to understand there is help available.
The ADA Contract Analysis Service provides members with information about a proposed contract to make it easier to analyze its terms. The service analyzes:
dental provider contracts with third party payers
dental management service organization contracts
contracts that offer dental school students scholarships or loans in exchange for a commitment for future employment
The analysis is not a substitute for legal advice.
Utilize this free ADA member benefit by submitting an unsigned copy of the contract and a request for analysis to your state dental society.
The article includes suggestions for safety in the home — one suggestion is to program the poison control number (800.222.1222) into your phone’s contact list. The article also includes suggestions for keeping medicine from being abused, including keeping track of the amount of medicine that should be in a bottle.
Unlike other portions of JADA, the print version of this page may be clipped and photocopied as a handout for patients without reprint permission from the ADA Publishing Division.
Yesterday we posted about the ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award which recognizes dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S.
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