In fact on my "day off" yesterday I was in the office for almost a full day reviewing resumes and posting an open position for our office on several recruiting web sites. Also paying our bills and examining a potential direct mail campaign. While also being a leader for my team and holding them accountable on their own individual projects and items they are responsible for within the office.
You are probably wondering why someone would want to do all that? I sometimes wonder that as well....mostly after a tough day of clinical work and there is a stack of items on my desk to take care of after the work day is over. I spent two years employed by a University Hospital as a resident and a couple of tenures for a corporate dental company after finishing my graduate dental program. I value those experiences and in fact keep in touch with several folks from each section of my career growth. But right now today and most days I would not trade all those hats I wear for any one.
I enjoy trying to excel at all of them. I wouldn't be who I am as a clinician or practice manager if it were not for those past experiences and the wonderful freedom we are granted in the United States of America. Our free system of education and equality for all regardless of race, religion, or sex makes dreams like mine possible. I am not sitting here misty eyed, saying everything is perfect in this country. But the fact that I am able to get up everyday and try to grow something that puts food on the table for all my employees, vendors, and cares for a lot of people along the way that is to me what the American dream is and I plan on holding onto it with a death grip for the near future.
Today its been all guitar rock, my assistant has developed a taste for the newly discovered Led Zeppelin and I've been throwing in a lot of Eric Clapton. I'll have to tell you tomorrow about the really interesting dental reconstruction case we worked on this morning...