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Line of Sight Leadership

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Line of Sight Leadership

May 6, 2018 8:00am ‐ May 6, 2018 10:00am

This presentation is designed to promote the concept of leadership in a small clinical dental setting. It is my intention to clearly distinguish between managing our practices and leading them. Management is our default mechanism because it is all that know and therefore all that we have in our tool kit. It is the equivalent of dental duct tape. Management is tedious and often leads to burnout among healthcare professionals. Leadership is the opposite. Through leadership we empower our team to take over the many management tasks that plague a dentist/manager, freeing the doctor to utilize their time and efforts to their highest and best use. We also create a practice culture through effective leadership that engenders commitment, collaboration, and creative decision making. The presentation presents solid research to validate all claims. There will be basic coaching skills presented that help promote leadership and team buy in.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between a “problem solver” and a “people developer”.
  • Recognize that our practice culture is our brand and our only means of establishing a sustainable competitive advantage in our industry.
  • Demonstrate basic coaching skills necessary to develop our people and create our ideal practice culture.

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Investment Management in Turbulent Markets

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Investment Management in Turbulent Markets

May 6, 2018 10:20am ‐ May 6, 2018 11:20am

This presentation draws on Professor Droms’ experience managing over $500 million in stock, bond and mutual fund investments for high net worth individual investors. The presentation will show you how to structure a diversified portfolio that will meet your risk tolerance constraints and help you ride out turbulent markets. Emphasis is on actionable ideas that you can implement in managing your personal investment portfolio. The session is based on similar presentations that Dr. Droms has developed for individual investors and private wealth management professionals at numerous financial services organizations and professional associations, including a total of 25 presentations at national meetings of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate your personal risk tolerance and determine whether or not your current investment portfolio is compatible with your risk tolerance.
  • Determine whether or not your current investment strategy is consistent with your long-term financial objectives and constraints.
  • Identify specific actions that you can take to evaluate and restructure your current investment strategy to be best positioned to prosper in the current and expected future market environment.

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Cows, Cars and Trains

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Cows, Cars and Trains

May 6, 2018 2:40pm ‐ May 6, 2018 4:40pm

An enlightening joint lecture presented by Drs. James Vaden, Lysle Johnston and William Proffit who discuss their hobbies and interests beyond the realm of orthodontics. 

Dr. James Vaden presents, "Cows, Tractors, Grease and Bruises" Some people travel to exotic places to play golf, rabidly follow football, basketball, baseball, soccer or hockey teams. Others do “weird” stuff. They like the smell of dirt and cow manure. They don’t mind grease and grime. This talk will give a glimpse of one AAO member’s cow and tractor collecting “boondoggle”. 

Dr. Lysle Johnston presents, "Validating Einstein, One British Car at a Time" Einstein supposedly said that a sign of insanity is to repeat an act over and over and expect a different outcome each time. I have been collecting and driving British sports cars for over half a century and am inclined to agree with him. Hope springs eternal, however. I am now in the market for a frog-eye Sprite. Perhaps this time…. 

Dr. William Proffit presents, "Trains, then but mostly NOW" Trains knitted the country together after the Civil War, and there’s a fantastic display 45 minutes away at the B & O Museum in Baltimore—but this lecture focuses on trains internationally as a great way to see scenic and interesting places, and as the new way to get around as the 21st century progresses. A new high speed train is coming for you, you mostly just don’t know it yet.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the personality traits of a redneck, evaluate the sanity of one who runs a cow/calf operation and deduce that collecting old tractors is the ultimate way to stick money down a ground hog hole!
  • Learn that the British invented the interrupted windscreen wiper and three-way switch-on, flicker, off and know that there is a Prince of Darkness and that his name is Joseph Lucas.
  • Evaluate the best places for sightseeing and tourist travel by train and describe the use of rail passes in tourist travel internationally, discuss the use of high-speed trains already in most countries, and their upcoming role in inter-city travel in the United States and identify a real rail fan when one approaches you to tell you all about it.

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Millennials as Patients, Staff and Future Partners: Their Impact on the World of Orthodontics

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Millennials as Patients, Staff and Future Partners: Their Impact on the World of Orthodontics

May 7, 2018 1:20pm ‐ May 7, 2018 2:20pm

Let’s walk in the shoes of Millennials to learn how their world has shaped them and how they will influence the world of the “boomers and the gen Xers.” Through surveys and studies, social scientists have made many important generalizations about the characteristics of Millennials. Since our specialty works with Millennials as patients, as staff and as future partners, it is worthwhile to carefully consider each of the attributes being applied to them. Knowing their “super powers,” their goals and deepest desires will help us become better health care providers, team leaders and transition partners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop better marketing strategies to encourage prospective patients age 25-40 to come to your office for their orthodontic care.
  • Recognize the value of interactive staff training for Millennials with the use of newer technologies.
  • Cultivate a transition process that allows your associate (possible future owner) to be engaged with each aspect of the success of the practice.

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10 Tips for Raising Resilient and Responsible Kids

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10 Tips for Raising Resilient and Responsible Kids

May 7, 2018 3:40pm ‐ May 7, 2018 4:40pm

Join Certified Parent Educator, Florence Sturm, for a fun and productive parenting seminar filled with wisdom, humor and practical advice, guaranteed to help you to communicate in a new way that will encourage responsibility, inspire confidence and develop the best possible relationship with your children. You will laugh, learn and practice new skills!


Learning Objectives:

  • Feel empowered to be better communicators with their children.
  • Implement tools and skills to discipline more effectively.
  • Understand the basic, yet powerful goals of parenting.

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