Team Huddle

Welcome to course six and team huddles. Alright, I want you to think about something. Let’s say you're at a football game or you're watching it on TV, what do you see that team do before they make a play? They're out there on the field, they come together in a huddle for just a few short moments and then it's 1-2-3, break and they’re off. What are they doing? Well, they’re communicating as a team to make sure that they all know the play for the game and that they can have a winning strategy to win. That's what our huddles are designed to do for you and your practice. Huddles can become one of the most valuable communication tools that you and your team can have. Especially as we have those last-minute changes throughout the day or as we add new technology or processes so that we can have the best patient care and be efficient and continue to grow.

Now, while these can become vital to your practice, sometimes we're not quite sure how to utilize or how to get started. So, let's go over some basics together. The goal of a huddle is to keep team communication fresh on a daily basis and to keep it simple. What I mean by this is that these are not full-blown meetings. These are short, maybe five-eight minute huddles, where you review the game plan for patient care that day. You look at any changes that might have happened at midday and at the end of the day as you’re wrapping up, you answer any questions that haven't been resolved so that you can start fresh for the next. To do this, there are three types of huddles that we recommend on a daily basis. Morning, midday, and closing. Now, you may not be able to gather the entire team all at one time for all of these huddles or you might find it challenging to do all three but we do recommend that you strive to hit this goal because by doing this, you will be able to adapt more quickly throughout the day, you’ll reduce stress, and you’ll help to nurture a great team culture.