Are You A Troublemaker?

A message from Alan Cleinman

What’s your Critical Number?

Clearly, the second quarter of this year seemed like Optometry’s Armageddon. 2020 was supposed to be Optometry’s year. But with most of you closed down for at least ½ the quarter, and our industry’s events wiped clean off the calendar, stress flowed like a mountain stream. Our data shows that, on average, you saw 25% fewer patients in the 2nd quarter of this year vs. 2019! For most businesses, that would be the kiss of death. But you and your teams stepped up to the plate and made lemonade out of the proverbial lemon.

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What Have you Learned?

“That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Well, certainly, we wouldn’t wish the worst case on anyone. Our hearts go out to those families who have lost loved ones from this Pandemic and the myriad of other reasons that people leave our world.

But Nietzsche’s words from 150 years ago make sense. What he’s really speaking about is adaptability. Life continuously delivers challenges. Survival is not about the fittest, but the adaptable.

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The Power of Mindset

A man had two sons. One the consummate negaholic, the other an unwavering optimist. Come Christmas, he ordered everything in the LL Bean catalogue and placed the goods in his attic. He also ordered a truckload of horse manure and loaded that into his basement. Come Christmas morning, he goes to his attic and observes his one son picking up every item and cross referencing it to the LL Bean catalogue. “I know there’s something missing,” he said.

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Are You A Troublemaker?

Last week I spoke about the importance of taking time to sharpen your saw. How time away from your practice is even more important than time spent in your practice. This week, I’m providing you with some guidance on reflection.

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Sharpen the Saw!

It’s the beginning of October and mother nature has begun to turn the thermostat down in upstate NY. The leaves are turning into their majestic colors and the smell of fall is in the air. It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

I believe that it was the author T.S. Elliott that coined the phrase, “data begets information begets knowledge, begets wisdom.” Certainly, in today’s data driven society, these words CAN ring true. But when is enough, enough? In this week’s message, I’d like to explore some myths about data as it relates to your practice.

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