By Terry C. Brown, PT, DPT
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
When you hear “Private Practice Section,” what does that name say to you? What is private practice? Who belongs to that organization?
I thought my orthopedic practice epitomized private practice, a bricks and mortar outpatient clinic owned and operated by physical therapists. This type of clinic is the foundation on which the Private Practice Section (PPS) was built, but does it still describe our members today? Is it private practice that we represent or physical therapist entrepreneurs?
By Stacy M. Menz, PT, DPT, PCS
While at the Graham Sessions in Savannah, Georgia, I had the benefit of listening to and interacting with some truly amazing people in our profession. What made it even more amazing was this group of people ranged from those who have been involved in the physical therapy profession for years and several Doctorate of Physical Therapy Students (DPT) who are just beginning their journey. The common thread among the group was their willingness to ask questions and raise issues from their individual perspectives. I left the meeting with ideas of next steps for my practice as well as things that I hope to help drive in our profession.
Celebrating individual successes is key to organizational success.
By C. Jason Richardson, DPT, OCS, COMT
As a practice grows, one of the hardest things to maintain is a culture that celebrates the wins. Adding therapists, support staff, and billing personnel makes it infinitely harder as a practice owner or manager to remain in tune to everyone’s impact on their areas of responsibility. This growth also increases the degrees of separation, which further dilutes our abilities to recognize staff for excellent work that fuels a private practice’s successes.
With growth, it is imperative for organizations to understand the psychology of praising staff for their great work and creating an employee recognition program. Making a conscious effort to foster a culture of recognition and create an infrastructure that celebrates the wins and publically acknowledges those who go above and beyond for our patients and teammates will yield massive value on investment.
By Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA
We have all thrown a pebble into a calm lake—the transfer of energy creating ripples that move outward from center until all visible reaches of the lake have been touched. It is a beautiful thing.
In a similar way, the transfer of education and knowledge throughout the workplace also often starts from a single source, and done correctly can also touch all corners. While it does not have to be difficult, it does have to be intentional.
Educating yourself or your staff is an investment. There is virtually no circumstance in which it does not cost time, money, or both. As such, the return on your investment is going to be greatest if there are many ripples, and they extend far throughout your practice.
By Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT
I am not sure how many of you have had the opportunity to read Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog? It is a wonderful read! In his book, the author explores the power of overcoming procrastination. He advises that we should all eat our “frogs” (unpleasant challenges) beginning with the ugliest ones first!
I am afraid that physical therapy is one of those activities. For years, we joked that physical therapy was an acronym for “Pain & Torture”! Dealing with pain or limitations can be frustrating and results that take four to six weeks to obtain are less motivating than the perceived quick fix from a pill that acts in twenty minutes or an adjustment that feels better fast.