Ep #180: Chuck Blakeman – Rehumanizing the Workplace

Continuing the four-part summer series edition of the Dentist Freedom Blueprint podcast, Chuck Blakeman is sharing his revolutionary mindset with the Freedom Founders Mastermind (and now you). He explains why the workplace has been dehumanized and gives us the steps that will bring back passion and participation within the business. Chuck states that everybody in your practice should be a leader in some way and shows how that will directly affect how people participate in the business.

The importance of distributed decision making in creating a more invested team and giving practice owners more freedom to lead with excellence. Chuck goes into detail on how to do this through focusing on being a leader more than a manager and making your team stakeholders rather than employees. He emphasizes why your team needs to be encouraged to bring their real self to work and sheds light on how to promote better horizontal interaction so that everyone simply gets stuff done (and does it better).

 Minute Markers:

  • 2:51 – Chuck’s focus on dentistry and transforming the way work is done.
  • 3:16 – His definition of freedom.
  • 6:20 – Why the workplace needs to be rehumanized.
  • 11:33 – What a participation agent is and how it works.
  • 14:00 – How to rehumanize the workplace through distributed decision making.
  • 21:02 – The one question we typically aren’t supposed to ask at work and why it should be the opposite.
  • 22:44 – Employees vs. Stakeholders.
  • 25:26 – Leadership vs. Management.
  • 31:22 – Why you need to move from a boss centered view to mission centered view.
  • 36:43 – The importance of allowing the team to be smarter and better than you.
  • 44:10 – Examples of businesses and leaders who made the shift to better leadership and a better life.
  • 48:18 – What it means to be a self-managed, distributed decision making team.
  • 51:24 – 3 important ways to be a better leader and 3 responsibilities of a leader.

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