Archive for Editor’s Commentary

The Power of Introspection

Aug 10, 2018 No Comments by

Discovering Why We Do Things the Way We Do. One of the biggest obstacles to becoming a truly productive dentist is failing to ever question the way you do your work. As a dentist, it’s critical to analyze how and why you perform your dentistry in a certain way—from the way you run your offices […]

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Get to the Front of the Line

Feb 26, 2018 No Comments by

Recently, as I was reflecting on my high school days, I was surprised at how many times in those early years my experiences taught me to look beyond expectations and find a better way. Reminiscing about those formative years affirmed my long-held belief that it’s important to look at the world differently, or else you […]

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Taking the Lead

Nov 17, 2017 No Comments by

Ignite Your Passion Through Dentistry. “Follow your passion” is a tidy cliché that for many has become a foundational ingredient for finding success and fulfillment. The phrase isn’t just a harmless, bumper-sticker philosophy, however; it’s actually really bad advice. Throughout my career, I have met struggling dentists who attribute dissatisfaction in their professional lives to […]

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Make Dentistry Great Again

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments

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

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

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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