It's been about a month since International Vision Expo East (VEE) in New York and the conference and exhibit hall once again provided a plethora of ideas to broaden your scope of care, incorporate new products and technology, and build the fiscal strength of your practice.
If you're like most people, you probably returned to your practice, you dumped your "show stuff" in a corner of the office, and you didn't have even 5 minutes to review all the great materials and notes you took. Even with the best intentions of getting around to looking at that pile, the sad-but-true fact is that only about 10% of any given audience actually acts on creating implementation strategies from any given learning experience.
There are lots of reasons for this. Some are: lack of time and or money, fear of change, not enough people, or the wrong people to make it happen. However, the biggest contributing factor to why most people never go from "dreamer" to "doer" is that they are overwhelmed and don't know where or how to start.
The key success factor for turning ideas into reality is planning. Most people are armed with tons of great information and tips that never go anywhere or because they don't think them through and examine, scrutinize, inspect, or vet each before trying to roll them out.
The following is a process to help vet ideas and concepts that will assure a much higher rate of implementation and success and lessen the risk and failure likelihood.
Once you thoroughly vet the idea, you're halfway through the planning. The next step is the who, what, where, when, and how of the plan. Create the action plan to implement your strategy.