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Harnessing Internet potential to build a community for dentists

Podcast Icon SmallDr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, interviewed Dr.Ken Serota, Endodontist in the Toronto area

Key Points

  • Quote: to follow the path that others have laid before you is a reasonable course of action; therefore, all progress is made by unreasonable men.
  • DentalTown is the type of entrepreneurial organization which fosters and encourages collaboration and individual and/or group innovation. 
  • There is a great advantage in giving dentsits the capabilities that DentalTown gives its members, such as file sharing and peer-to-peer learning: “The point of the matter is that by joining in conversations and finding like[-minded] individuals, by joining various groups for discussion, and by being assisted in identifying apps/software or purchasing issues, or upgrading your software systems or practice management, […] you are not reliant solely on a sales-rep that is there to sell you by competitive analysis. You have the benefit of people who have been in the trenches.”
  • Organizations, such as CDA should be looking at: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.
    • Forming: Getting the professional team together and watching the leaders emerge. 
    • Storming: members of the profession figure out what their roles are and begin to balance the “me” with the “we.”
    • Norming: the team tackles one goal and shares a mutual plan at each stage. 
    • Performing: team leadership is competent, autonomous and will be available and able to work throughout whatever issues/problems. 

Listen to Dr. Ken Serota’s interview


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1 Comment

  1. Ken Serota March 15, 2014

    FYI – Last week, Microsoft gave a preview of Office Graph, a coming technology that maps relationships between people in an organization based on their Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, Office, Lync and Yammer usage, and creates groups based on these interactions.

    The advantages of connectivity are about to become exponentiated beyond all current comprehension thanks to this initiative by Microsoft.


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