Looking for Inspiration? Try Collaboration

Would you like to be a better physician, be able to better treat your patients, and make your practice more successful? Try collaboration!


Imagine what would happen if you had the opportunity to learn small things or even great big huge things about your practice and about what you could be doing to make you a better physician to help treat your patients better or to help make your business your practice even more successful. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a conference that had chiropractic leaders from around the country come in to a single location it was an opportunity to collaborate and learn from other leaders in the profession to find out what can the Illinois Chiropractic Society be doing better? How can we help our members even more, you know, all too often we get just hunkered down, you get hunkered down in your practices. And we and we do the same things over and over again, these conferences are an opportunity to sit down collaborate, develop meaningful relationships and conversations that ultimately help us be better. It helps us find a way to better connect.


What would happen if you were to sit down with colleagues in your area on a regular basis? What if you just had lunch? What have you got two or three together had an opportunity to sit down and talk about what’s working well, in their practice? You know, the comedian Amy Poehler has said, as you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration, other people, and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you spend a lot of time with them, it will change your life. You know, I was talking to someone who attended our conference earlier in October of this year, and we were talking about a particular class. And she’s like, well, that’s not really how I do our business. And so it didn’t really align. And so as we began to talk, and I asked, I said, so did you walk away with some nuggets, some things that you feel were valuable? She goes, You know, actually, I did, I jotted down all kinds of different little things and, and there are some small things that we’re going to implement. And there were other things that helped me solidify, the reason why we do business the way we do, and the way that we can serve our patient base. And so she even indicated that she was better through that collaborative opportunity to learn more from someone else and to do better in their practice. Whether it be do better because they’re instituting a new idea, or did it better because it reminds us of why we do what we do. So we don’t just get bogged down in the same old, same old. So I would encourage you set up some opportunities, set up time, meet with colleagues in your area, have lunch, set it up on a regular basis, get together once a month, you never know what’s going to happen. You never know what nugget you’re going to walk away with worst possible scenarios you have that opportunity to sit down and gain a friend, gain a friendship, and a meaningful relationship with somebody else who is experiencing similar things as you.

I’ll leave you with this. Angel Gurria has said it takes collaboration across a community to develop better skills for better lives. The Chiropractic Future Strategic Plan, one of their key phrases that we say over and over and over again, is this profession can have unity. Without the need for uniformity. We don’t all have to be the same. And instead, we can learn from each other and we can have better lives, better careers, better practices and help our patients even better. We’ll catch you next week.

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Marc Abla, CAE

Marc Abla began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. He is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association.

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