There is no “I” in “team”; it’s a phrase we all know too well, drilled into us from primary school to the workplace. A great groan-inducing cliche battered by oversaturation and misuse. So how about this one? There is an “i” in the word “business”, but most importantly, it comes after “us”.
The delivery may need some work ... but the point remains! The most successful businesses utilise the power of “us” – their wider team – to benefit the “I” – all of the individuals that make up the business. A united team will always be more successful than one or two (probably quite stressed!) business operators.
So, it could be massively beneficial to tap into your staff’s interest and passion for your business. Ask your team who would be interested in learning more about the business side of the practice – it might just surprise you how many raise their hand! Encouraging and supporting this interest can only be a positive step forward and help to create a more successful business overall.
The upcoming Veterinary Business Group (VBG) Summit at Luna Park, Sydney is a great place for enthusiastic staff to start. The three-day event features a stellar line-up of keynote speakers sharing their business knowledge and experiences.
The event is ideal for all levels of professional experience, including those who are just starting out and require steps to establish key skills and frameworks; right through to business owners with significant knowledge and success who want to brush up on the latest business thinking.
‘Making It Happen’ is the theme of this year’s event, with sessions on operational planning, financial reporting and metrics, vet-specific business risk management, business automation, and more.
The great thing about the VBG Summit is that it is not all veterinary-based, with focus being put on influencers from outside of the veterinary industry being utilised to offer a different angle on today's business environment.
The opportunity to learn from the best in the business is an occasion not to be missed. It can be an amazing experience for practice managers and other staff showing an interest in the business to immerse themselves in cutting-edge ideas and invaluable insights.
Being offered the opportunity to progress in the business arena can help with job satisfaction and retention. Your support and investment in staff will not only improve your business, it will also help shape tomorrow’s veterinary leaders.
We look forward to seeing you and any wide-eyed new recruits at VBG Summit!
This article appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal