Staff meetings – why bother? Meeting with your staff is like mining group gold.

Your employees perform different functions and often possess more knowledge than the doctor in these specific functions. It only makes sense that they can also think in a greater variety of ways in a group setting than if you met with each employee individually. Learning and practicing facilitation skills in staff meetings is the surest way for doctors to make the best decisions for his or her practice.

When leading your staff meetings, take on the role of facilitator in the following ways:

  1. Keep the group focused on accomplishing desired
  2. Provide the information necessary to make informed
  3. Earn each employee’s support for the final
  4. Take responsibility for establishing and maintaining a supportive atmosphere throughout the
  5. Encourage every employee to
  6. Help members feel secure in sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions.

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