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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
Industry Leaders Share Their Five Keys to Business Success
By Marshall Dahneke and Jean Shea
The numbers vary depending on the study you read, but generally, the survival rate for a new small business after five years is less than 50 percent. Businesses fail for many reasons however, in this article, we'll focus on some of the key things you can do to help your business succeed.
Through our experiences, we've come to believe success is attainable for most by being optimistic, learning from failures, embracing your weaknesses, involving your team and staying on track. We also believe those in the massage profession have a better than average chance of survival due to their indisputable passion.
Within reason, what you believe is what you will achieve or become. "Attitude is the prophet of my future." Choose to believe and you'll find success to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Adversity in business is not an "if" but a "when." One of the biggest success factors is a business owner who does not get discouraged, but instead is motivated by obstacles. Nothing easy is worthwhile and nothing worthwhile is easy. Real success requires consistent hard work and dedication. Commit to what you love, love what you do and don't be afraid to take action. Think big and ask what you can change or add to the way business is currently being done. However, be aware that the payoff may not immediate. Be patient.
Fail Fast, Fail Frequently, Fail Forward
What is the fastest way to learn? To fail! Most of us need to change our view of failure. We all fail. In fact, failure is necessary and you can't afford to not take risks. Have the courage to try new things. Take risks often — just avoid "bet the ranch" decisions. Take risks in digestible, bite size chunks.
And when you fail, strive to fail fast — identify your mistakes quickly; fail frequently — take manageable risks; and fail forward — learn from failure to innovate and become more efficient. You'll then view failure as the integral path to success. Get outside of your comfort zone. Nothing will change until you take action to change it. At best, strive to create an environment where it is okay to fail. When you do, you'll have an environment that is healthy and conducive for learning, creativity and growth.
Most people can embrace new ideas, diversity and even change, yet seldom can someone embrace their own weaknesses. It's human nature to want to be perceived favorably. But personal weaknesses, if left undiscovered or ignored, can make things very difficult in business. We were most successful when we embraced our weakness — being small — and showing our customers how that benefited them. They received personal and intimate customer service because we knew them. We don't try to do everything. We simply focus on being great at what we do.
You may ultimately want to improve your perceived weaknesses, i.e., grow a small company into a larger company, but in the process, determine how your weaknesses may be a strength. If you view them as strengths, your customers will as well. When running a business, maximizing your personal strength is important, but it doesn't guarantee you success. You need to be clear about and embrace your weaknesses. For example, if you dislike math, hire an expert to do your taxes. If you're not a great writer, don't put pressure on yourself to create epic blog posts or fancy newsletters each week. Focus on smaller blog posts and simple newsletters. The opposite of success isn't failure; the opposite of success is doing nothing. Find those glaring holes in your game, dedicate a bit of time and energy and be amazed at the results. Remember, the only expert on you, is you.
Involve Your Team
The leaders who work most effectively never say, "I." That's not because they have trained themselves not to say it, they simply don't think in that singular term. They think "we" and they think "us." They understand their job is to make the team function well. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets all the credit. They also learn how to become a true team player.
The benefits you gain from being a team player are:
Stay On Track
How important are the details in running a business? Very! Any dream without a plan will become a nightmare. Success versus failure often rests on paying attention to the details. Know what it is that you want to do and develop a plan to get there. You should create both a one-year business plan and a longer-term strategic plan. Establish metrics and milestones to define your pathway to success and pay attention to progress. If you discover you are not on track, ask why. Don't give up on your plan too quickly. Ask questions – are your strategies and metrics solid or flawed? Adjust by making course corrections. The trajectory of the first Apollo moon shot was carefully calculated well before launch, but required hundreds of course corrections after launch to successfully reach the moon.
Maybe your plan isn't to change the world; it's simply to change your life. You can do that by believing in your plan, staying optimistic, having the courage to face and overcome challenges, being willing to fail, embracing your weaknesses to leverage your strengths and building and supporting a team that complements your strengths.
You don't have to change the world to be considered a success. Changing your world in a positive way is success. Go accomplish something great, one step at a time. You're very likely to improve someone else's life in the process. And isn't that what it's really all about?
Marshall Dahneke, CEO, is responsible for global management of Performance Health's business, including people, talent and strategy development and execution to better serve customers and promote growth. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Jean Shea is the Founder and President of BIOTONE, one of the leading manufacturers of massage lubricants in the United States. Her company has funded critical research by the Touch Research Institute in the area of massage with breast cancer patients. Currently, they support the Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants to help make massage available to all communities.
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