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    4 secrets to sustaining success in your practice

    Clinic lessons from the playoffs: Run the table!

    Take-home message: When success starts coming your way, the last thing you should do is take your foot off the gas. You must push even harder if you want the success to be sustainable.

    The longer I work as a manager, the more I realize my position is similar to that of a sports coach. It doesn’t matter what type of team it is—football, baseball, or hockey—the concept is still the same.

    So I am sure that you should not find it surprising that I would say there is a great deal of wisdom being imparted every day via the sports talk shows that I listen to faithfully. You just need to listen to the message and relate it to the field of ophthalmology.

    For example: I was driving to work early one snowy, January morning. I had my car defroster set to “melt the windshield” heat and the car radio on one of the AM sports stations.

    John Gruden was on in his weekly time slot. Gruden was the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer coach that won Super Bowl XXXVII in his first year as a head coach with the Buccaneers. He was the youngest head coach ever to win a Super Bowl at age 39.

    One of the sports aficionados was grilling Gruden on the managing style of another coach that had just clinched their football division. That team would now be play-off bound but still had two “mean nothing” games left to the season before the playoffs began.

    The question arose: Now that this team has clinched their division and are definitely in the first round of the playoffs, as a coach, do you rest some of your star players during the remainder of the season to ensure they do not get hurt prior to the playoffs?

    "I did that once."

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    • KennethAmos
      It was great reading this interesting and informative post. In this rapidly changing world it is difficult to keep your success on an on-going basis.

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