What are your top three priorities?

January 3, 2019
Brendan Howard, Business Channel Director

Brendan Howard oversees veterinary business, practice management and life-balance content for dvm360.com, dvm360 magazine, Firstline and Vetted, and plans the Practice Management track at all three Fetch dvm360 conferences.Brendan has proudly served under the Veterinary Economics and dvm360 banners for more than 10 years. Before that, he worked as a journalist, writer and editor at Entrepreneur magazine and a top filmed entertainment magazine in Southern California. Brendan received a Masters in English Literature from University of California, Riverside, in 1999.

If you dont know, then surely your veterinary practice team doesnt. Is it time to change that in your veterinary hospital culture?

The first step in figuring out your practice's top three priorities? You know what they are. (thinglass/stock.adobe.com)In a session on workplace culture that delved deep into Patrick Lencioni's bestselling business book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, practice manager and consultant Brian Conrad, CVPM, laid out a lot for the audience at Fetch dvm360 in San Diego to absorb.

Learning centered around Lencioni's five negatives (absence of trust among the team, fear of conflict, lack of commitment to what are supposed to be shared values, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results), but Conrad ended it with this thoughtful tip for people on their last day of a veterinary conference preparing to return to what may be a less-than-ideal workplace:

“If I came to your hospital today,” Conrad asked students, “could your team tell me your top three goals or priorities?”

If not, that could be because you haven't discussed them enough, the team doesn't feel they own them yet, you don't talk about them enough, or there is more disagreement and less commitment to those goals and priorities than you think.

If you don't know yourself what your driving goals are for you, your team and your practice, take some time to think about them and discuss them with the team. (Want to collaborate with your team on developing and thinking about these goal and your culture? Read this article.)

That's a starting point for this new year.