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Make Dentistry Great Again

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments by

Practice the Best Dentistry for You and Your Patients. In the last year, everyone has heard the phrase “Make America Great Again.” Regardless of your personal political affiliations, that slogan forces each of us to ask a very basic question. Are we satisfied with the current state of affairs, and if not, what can we […]

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New Beginnings

Feb 28, 2017 1 Comment by

The Time for Quality Dentistry is Now. Mechanical watches have always fascinated me. The precision, the craftsmanship, the innovation, and the artistry in fine timepieces are inspiring. In many ways, I based my approach to dentistry on the same principles behind many of the world’s finest watchmakers. Brands like Rolex®, Patek Philippe, Piguet, and Breguet, […]

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Active Leadership

Nov 17, 2016 No Comments by

The Secret to a More Productive Practice. Dentists often ask me, “What is the secret to a more productive practice?” This question reminds me of the poem, “The Secret of the Sea,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Longfellow wrote: “Wouldst thou,”—so the helmsman answered, “Learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers Comprehend its mystery!” The above-referenced stanza is about experience and knowledge, but also about leadership. […]

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Visions for Leadership

Jul 13, 2016 No Comments

Lessons from My Years in Practice. In July 2016, the Dr. Dick Barnes Group and Arrowhead Dental Laboratory is hosting a 40th Anniversary World Symposium in the scenic mountains of Park City, Utah. During the seminar, dentists from around the world will spend two days learning from many of dentistry’s most influential thought leaders about […]

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Make It Happen

Feb 24, 2016 No Comments

Let Life Evolve and Success Will Follow. A new year has just begun and you have a new opportunity to make this your most productive year yet. With that in mind, I’ve decided to share some of the most important insights that have helped me improve my life both personally and professionally. I am confident […]

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Embracing Change

Nov 23, 2015 No Comments

What’s Holding You and Your Patients Back? For over forty years, the Dr. Dick Barnes Group and Arrowhead Dental Laboratory have made it our goal to help dentists become better and more productive. During that time, I have come to understand a truth that is at the heart of why change can be so difficult. […]

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Trust Is a Must

Sep 09, 2015 No Comments

EMPOWERING YOUR DENTAL TEAM. Over the years, I’ve visited with thousands of dentists about the importance of making the dental office “dream team” a reality. Often, dentists mistakenly think that going to the right school, developing the right clinical skills and opening a practice in the right town are the fundamental aspects of building a […]

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The Three Most Powerful Words in Dentistry

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments

USE THEM TO CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE! Emily Dickinson, the nineteenth-century American poet, reportedly once wrote, “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” I am a big believer in the power of words, especially words that help patients understand the power of dentistry to change lives. Fortunately, early in […]

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The Dental Insurance Conundrum

May 20, 2014 No Comments

How Dentists Can Avoid the Trap of Compromised Care. Recently the ADA News published an article with the headline: “Dentists remain cautious about economic conditions in their practices.” I was baffled and dumbfounded by the inherent negativity of such a headline. It really does nothing but confirm to dentists that the economy is bad, when […]

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Mind Over Matter

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN EVERY POSITIVE THOUGHT INTO ACTION. Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.” Although James Allen wrote those words over a century ago, they contain some of the most important keys to success in dentistry today. No, Mr. Allen was not a dentist, but he understood the […]

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