Such a group can also serve as an accountability group and each member becomes an accountability partner. The purpose of an accountability group is to push each member forward in their practice so that they can all grow together as practitioners.
With social media all the rage today along with the wide variety of courses that come with exclusive groups, it can get overwhelming and even distracting. So how would you find the right tribe to help you realize your dream practice? Below are some considerations to keep in mind.
Determine your own expectations
Before joining a group, it’s important to determine your own expectations and goals. There are many things you might want to get out of a group. For example:
• Accountability: You may need someone else to help you stick with your business goals, especially if they’re challenging.
• Community: If you feel isolated or don’t have many connections in the community where you live, joining a group could be an excellent way for you to meet new people who share similar interests and experiences as yourself.
• Support: Sometimes just having someone listen helps us feel better about ourselves and our situations—that person doesn’t even need to give advice or solutions; sometimes all we want is someone who will take time out of their day just so that they can hear what we have to say without judgment or interruption from any other distractions (such as work responsibilities).
One of the first aspects of chiropractic management groups to look at is its size. Not all groups are created equal and you may find that in your search for a good fit for you, a larger group has more resources and expertise than a smaller one does. However, if you have a smaller practice or prefer an intimate atmosphere then it’s worth considering joining a smaller group.
A smaller group also tends to become a close-knit community and the support you get sometimes go beyond what you need professionally.
You may have noticed that most people are not very good at running their businesses by themselves. They often make decisions based on what they hope will happen instead of looking at evidence and data to see if something will work or not.
When you have other people who can help you navigate through a problem, you get different perspectives, ideas and solutions. You get valuable advice from a group of people willing to listen and lend you a hand when you need it. They can also help you avoid making mistakes others have made by learning from their experiences.
A second issue with self management is that we all have biases that get in our way when trying to make good business decisions. More often than not, these biases blind us from seeing new opportunities or better ways through problems we’re facing in our business.
Holds you accountable (really!)
An accountability group is a group of people who help you keep your commitments and stay on track. The members of the group hold each other accountable.
If someone in your accountability group doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do, the others can suggest solutions to address the roadblocks, keep cheering them on and encourage them to make good on their commitment, or just be there willing to listen.
Sometimes, all we need is a little nudge in the right direction to keep us going. On other times, it’s about taking a break to keep ourselves grounded. And, in most cases, life just happens and priorities change. Whatever it is, your chiropractic management group will be your anchor to help you get back on track.
Accountability groups are wonderful because they also increase the likelihood that you’ll follow through with your goals (and maintain them) by surrounding yourself with people who understand that things aren’t always as easy as we’d like them to be.They are your partners in making sure you stay committed to working towards your dream practice.
Have your best interests at heart
If you want a better practice, join an accountability group of like-minded chiropractors who have your best interests at heart.
As a business person, you certainly have that competitive spirit in you and you may be hesitant to share your thoughts inside the group. However, there will always be plenty of new patients to go around. When you are running your business with solid work ethics, you work smart and stay humble, you are already on your way to realizing your million-dollar dream practice without fear of competition.
Another benefit is that these chiropractic management groups can also help avoid common pitfalls and provide advice on how to improve your practice. For example, they may offer suggestions on how to work (or not) with insurance companies, provide helpful feedback about marketing strategies, or give advice on improving your hiring process.
Additional business support
It is also important to find a group that offers additional business support. Many chiropractic management groups offer coaching, mentorship and other opportunities to develop your business knowledge and skills.
In addition, they can help you avoid mistakes other chiropractors have made in the past as well as keep you motivated and on track with your goals. Finally, it is vital for you to stay away from burnout by surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who will encourage each other’s success.
Accountability groups are also great places where you can make connections with other professionals who may be able to assist in areas such as web design or graphic design services!
Being part of a chiropractic management group can provide a wealth of resources to help you improve your existing processes. More importantly, your fellow practitioners in the group also become your accountability partners to help you stay on track, cheer you on when the going gets tough, and celebrate your wins with you.
In the end, if you’re looking for support with your business and practice management, an accountability group is a great way to get it. You don’t have to do it alone—and your fellow members will be glad that they didn’t either. And one of the frequently asked questions in these accountability groups is how to hire the right people. Check out this video on the AOC Employment Hiring Process and learn how to recruit A-players for your practice.