This week, we’re joined by the incredible Wade Thomas. He’s an author, coach, Founder and CEO of Aim to Win, and  has over 25 years of professional experience in large and small business leadership, business strategy, and individual development. So, it’s safe to say that we as practice owners can learn a lot from him!

With over 20 years of professional experience in executive human resources, leadership development, and business strategies, Wade has experienced firsthand what makes businesses work. He joined us on the Savvy Dentist Podcast this week to talk about agility, creativity, and uniqueness and the role they play in businesses success.

Wade shares his philosophy that being nimble enough to change direction quickly is crucial needed to make the most of new opportunities, and he and Jesse discuss the importance of  compassion and empathy in the business world and the role they play in success.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [6:17] – Wade explains how to create real change in your business by having a ‘growth mindset’.
  • [8:32] – What is ‘the leadership gap’ and how does it contribute to business? 
  • [10:24] – Instead of being busy in the day-to-day running of your practice, Wade explains how you can develop your team so that they feel more emotionally connected to the business.
  • [13:18] – The abilities of your team are only limited by the ability to grow yourself first. Self Leadership is the process of YOU getting better so that your business can follow suit.
  • [16:46] – Empathy is the deepest level of understanding and will allow you to lead your team. In addition, your team ‘see’ empathy, they see that you care, and they will go the extra mile and help you take your business to new levels of growth.
  • [19:08] – Having empathy and compassion isn’t about being a doormat … it’s about stretching and pushing people, it’s about making hard decisions. One of the most compassionate things you can do for your team is to help them to reach their potential. People don’t reach their own potential if you give them easy goals and give them feedback that they don’t want to hear.
  • [22:09] – How does ‘courage’ apply when in a leadership position?
  • [24:05] – So we know it’s good to be vulnerable as a leader, so when is ‘too much’ vulnerability not as effective? If we share ‘too much’ can it still be effective?
  • [27:35] – Some of the key learnings Wade has from over 25 years in leadership in many different sized organisations.

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