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    5 ways to handle a challenging boss in the dental practice

    Does someone in the dental practice make your day less than fun? Here is some advice that could help.


    4. Be open-minded

    Take feedback — good, bad, and ugly — with open arms. Maybe the message is correct, but the delivery could SIGNIFICANTLY be improved. I don’t know about you, but I take it personally when I am criticized. But, when I get past my “hurt feelings,” usually there is a lesson to be learned within. The key is whether or not you are open as a professional for constructive criticism. Yes, sometimes, it is just mean-spirited, but not always.

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    5. Grow up

    My philosophy is always to have a conversation. It is that simple. Maybe it isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but you have to try this for your own sanity. It’s not always easy to say, “Can we talk?” It is a conversation that should be done in the privacy of an office. It should start with “I feel…” and describe how you are feeling about a certain situation. It needs to happen shortly after an incident. Otherwise, the memory goes fuzzy the longer the time is from incident to conversation. If you notice, I am not referring to it as a “confrontation.” It is a conversation, but you need to start it. Think about it. Let’s say you don’t start it. Is the incident going to end up as part of a paper trail down the road that helps you get booted out of this job? That is why I say you must grow up. Deal with the situation and come up with solutions as to how the problem will get resolved and not repeated.

    Let me know what you think of these ideas at [email protected]. And remember, when there is hope and determination, things can change.

    Lisa Newburger, LISW-S
    Lisa Newburger, a master's level social worker supervisor, helps audiences find humor in talking about tough topics. Her "in-your-face" ...


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