Do you think like a freak?
Are you able to see solutions to a problem that others have been struggling with? Do you properly analyse why you and others around you react to situations and incentives in particular, predictable ways even if those actions are not in your best interest?
Next week I am starting in my new position as an associate at the Pinhoe Dental Centre. This feels like such a positive step for me and it is one of the most exciting things to happen in my professional life to date. But for obvious reasons the move also comes with some trepidation seeing as I have worked only in one practice since qualifying 8 years ago.
So in preparation for the move I have been re-reading or re-listening to some of the books that have most influenced my thinking over the last year to make sure I am as mentally prepared as I can be to make the most of the new opportunities ahead. And top of that list (probably in joint first place with productivity ninja which can be found here: http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/productivity-ninja-revisited) is Simon Sinek’s seminal book “Start with Why”.
Since I created my website in Jan 2017 I have posted dozens of book reviews. Some of the books reviewed are clearly dental, some are general interest and the remaining majority are either personal development or business development. I really enjoy creating these reviews but I was pondering recently that it might not be ostensibly clear why I do them. Here are the 4 reasons why.
Are you a linchpin? Do you know what a linchpin is? In engineering terms a linchpin is a pin passed through the end of an axle to stop the wheel from falling off (so a pretty important item). But more recently the term has grown to relate to other important items. The Cambridge dictionary describes one definition as this:
"The most important member of a group or part of a system, that holds together the other members or parts or makes it possible for them to operate as intended"
Dr Chris Harper