Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of the workweek? Do you struggle to get to everything on your plate? Are you still wearing all the hats in the practice?
In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens speak about how to delegate in your group practice.
Meet Alison Pidgeon
Alison Pidgeon, LPC is the owner of Move Forward Counseling, a group practice in Lancaster, PA and she runs a virtual assistant company, Move Forward Virtual Assistants.
Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016. She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.
In addition, she is a private practice consultant for Practice of the Practice.
Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counselor who owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Whitney has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
In This Podcast
- Overcoming the initial delegation doubts
- Let go of the urge to control
- Time management tips for group practice owners
- It is a work in progress
Overcoming the initial delegation doubts
Many practice owners struggle with hiring help.
Either they do not know which type of admin to hire, or they are not sure what needs to be done, or they struggle with letting go of something that they used to do.
To overcome this delegation struggle, change the way you think about hiring help; it’s an investment in your practice.
One of my biggest shifts was just changing my mindset around making investments in my business. Obviously in private practice, hiring people or investing in an assistant … helps you grow and become profitable but at the time I did not know that because I had never run a business before. (Alison Pidgeon)
Let go of the urge to control
Group practice owners care deeply for their businesses. Since they were the ones that built them up from scratch, it can be difficult for them to trust another person to handle the tasks that they have always done.
However, practice owners need to let go of their urge to control and manage all the tasks within the practice because it is not the best use of their time.
I have to remind people that my [assistant] now converts clients better than I do, so, I let her answer the phone. (Whitney Owens)
Time management tips for group practice owners
1 – Make a detailed list of everything you do in your practice, from answering the phone to buying stationery.
2 – Start identifying all the things that you do that could be done by someone else.
3 – Group these tasks into different skillsets and market them as a job description and hire an admin specifically suited for this position.
4 – Put boundaries around your time. Be strict with yourself to work during work hours and rest when you are not working.
As we level up, we have to understand that self-care and boundaries become more and more important because if the boss is struggling, that’s going to filter down onto the team. (Whitney Owens)
It is a work in progress
Delegating happens over time as you learn more about your practice and what can be done differently.
Every time you level up or every time you come into a new challenge you have to reassess … it’s always an ongoing conversation that we have, especially in the Group Practice Boss community. (Alison Pidgeon)
Do not feel daunted by doing it all now. Each day make a small change to help you and your practice work effectively and smoothly.
Useful Links mentioned in this episode:
- Sign up with Brighter Vision before April 30th and you’ll get $10/month off of your first year of website service with the Brighter Vision team. Visit brightervision.com/joe.
- Free Webinar 3rd May: How to Delegate in Your Practice while Working Less and Making More
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- Visit Alison’s website, listen to her podcast, or consult with Alison
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- Visit Whitney’s website and listen to her podcast here
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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