Tag: customer service

3 Secrets to Providing Your Dental Patients with a Collaborative Customer Experience (Part 2)

In our last blog (“3 Reasons Why Collaboration Can Pay Off for Your Dental Practices,” November 1, 2017), we discussed Ryan Kh’s views (see “How Effective Collaboration Equals Great Customer Experience,” Customer Think, October 9, 2017”) on the rationale for collaboration in an organization. Today, we talk about another topic that interests him, “What are the secrets to a collaborative customer service?” His answers (1,2) and one from us (3) that we recommend for your dental practice: Supervisors should set…

(Part 3) More Root Causes of Silence and Lack of Empathy in the Dental Office

I am following up on last week’s article, “One Root Cause of the Silence and Lack of Empathy Too Often Seen in Dental Practices (Part 2)” (September 23rd) and plan to share with you, the dental practice leader, the last two of the three main root causes of the silence and lack of empathy that can negatively impact dental practices. In doing this, I will continue to draw on my 27 years of experience working with High Reliability Organizations (HROs) and on the results…

One Root Cause of the Silence and Lack of Empathy Too Often Seen in Dental Practices (Part 2)

Silence and lack of empathy are killing your dental practice

Today I am following up on last week’s blog and plan to share with you the first of three main root causes of the silence and lack of empathy (Merriam-Webster defines empathy “as the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experience of another”) that can plague dental practice. This will involve my asking questions that can help you determine whether you have issues that bear looking into further. In doing…

Could Silence and Lack of Empathy be Killing Your Dental Practice?

Doctor comforting patient

By: Trude Henderson (Part 1 of 3) Over the years, I have visited numerous dental and medical practices (as part of my work as a dental and medical consultant and startup co-founder), as well as spas (for pleasure). Based on observations culled from these experiences, as well as my gleanings from Identify’s 3-year pilot study, I have reached a conclusion that I would like to share with you – too much silence and a lack of empathy will make your…

Problems Dental Practice Leaders Must Tackle Head-On

By: Trude Henderson You must always remember that, essential as it is, technical competence will not by itself enable your dental practice to realize its full potential. From our own experience, we have concluded that practices only become sustainable when their leaders model a service-oriented culture and seize opportunities beneficial to all stakeholders. This includes pinpointing and solving problems as swiftly as possible and then preventing their recurrence. You solve a problem when you understand the relationship between cause and…

A Metrics-Based Approach to Gauging Dental Patient Loyalty

Dental patient Loyalty

By: Trude Henderson In his “Why you have fewer loyal patients than you think, and what to do about it,” published in Dentistry IQ on June 30, Steve Klinghoffer addresses the problem of patient retention. He begins by saying that every dental practice has three kinds of patients: “Raving fans.” This is self-explanatory. “Attendees.” These are patients who have been with a dental practice for years, but come only sporadically and don’t provide referrals. ‘Vulnerable Patients.” These visit only when there…

Aligning the Dental Practice Employee With the Customer Experience

teamwork with identify

By: Trude Henderson   We urge you take a look at Siobhan Doran’s blog post entitled, “The Power’s in the People,” which appeared May 9th on the website of TQMI, a company specializing in employee experience consulting. Doran’s thesis is that organizations should to tear down the divide and strive to align the customer and employee experience. She says that this can result in greater employee satisfaction and retention, as well as improved customer service.   Our takeaways from Doran’s…

Steven Klinghoffer’s “The Millennial Effect” Addresses a Major Challenge to Dental Practitioners

An article in last May’s issue of Dental Magazine, “The Millennial Effect,” by Steven Klinghoffer, poses the difficulties pediatric dental practitioners face in winning and retaining millennials, the racially diverse generation comprising those who reached the age of 18 to 34 in 2015. The key points: First, Klinghoffer points out that millennials have high expectations.  With access to a surfeit of information, they tend to be well-aware of a wide range of options and to be very selective about the practice…