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Jason and Alan speak with Dr. Mitch Ellingson about running a business. Mitch is in charge of Spear Practice Solutions, the business/consulting arm of Spear Education. Most dentists are going to run into this can you be a great clinician and run a great business. Mitch has some thoughts. A lot of them as it turns out! Some of what we discussed:

  • The difference between a consultant and a business system
  • Can your life look like a Newport cigarette commercial?
  • What does "big data" look like with Spear Practice Solutions?
  • Case's not like you think (spoiler: it's about recare efficiency)
  • What is leadership really? How can Spear Practice Solutions help with this?
  • Are consultants really just brought in to fire someone?
  • How does investing in the team make a difference in your leadership and team performance?
  • Garbage in/Garbage out and practice management software

Links from the show:

Spear Education

Spear Practice Solutions

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Direct download: DHP_ep_268_mixdown_01.mp3
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