“Systems Thinking” in Orthodontic Practice

 “We can’t impose our will on a system. We can listen to what the system tells us, and discover how its properties and our values can work together to bring forth something much better than could ever be produced by our will alone.”
― Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer

We all want to maximize practice efficiency, simplify management and allow for more time to focus on what’s really important. In that regard, the importance of creating well-defined systems in our orthodontic practices cannot be over-emphasized.

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A Call for Productive Simplicity in Orthodontics

“The secret to productivity is simplicity.”  – Robin Sharma

I believe it was Confucius who once said: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This notion certainly applies to everything in life, including the practice of Orthodontics. The true reasons why we orthodontists – and humans in general – tend to drift towards more complexity may not be entirely clear; maybe we subconsciously equate complexity to “sophistication” or to an outdated notion that “complex approaches are more comprehensive and well thought-out!”. Regardless of the real reason, the simple fact of the matter is that simple is hard! and it seems that in this day and age, Complexity sells!
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