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I can say, without a doubt, 2014 has been the greatest year of my life.

My sweet twin girls turned 11, starting a new decade and new chapter of their lives. My business DentalPost ends the new year with great possibilities ahead. I’m excited that I gained a new perspective on balancing these parts of my life – family and work. That will allow me to actually give more of myself to each.

And this year, I got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…twice! You might remember back in April, I FullSizeRender (1)took an amazing trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island for several days of absorbing the wisdom of this super-entrepreneur. Well, I just returned from another visit to Necker! My friend and fellow Entrepreneurs’ Organization member April Cleek arranged this visit for us, and we learned and did so much. April is founder and CEO of EHR Concepts, an electronic health records consulting and training company. She manages a thriving business, is married and has three babies under the age of three (with another one on the way!). Only two percent of all women-run businesses make more than $1 million in revenue. April does that at EHR Concepts, even with all the other balls she has in the air. She’s incredible.

During this visit, Sir Richard was so generous in spending time with us. I learned that I have even more influence to help more people grow and develop than ever before with DentalPost. My company is a tool to help others get a job so they can pay rent, buy food or whatever they need. My plan is to encourage and develop the people around me and keep building a team that has strong values to help others, work hard and succeed.

I have read some of Richard Branson’s advice about hiring and building teams. During a fantastic question-and-answer session, I wanted to hear for myself. So I asked him:

Leaders in business or dental practices have many different responsibilities, so building stellar teams and delegating certain jobs is extremely important. Because these employees will be handling some decisions on your behalf, you should be 100 percent comfortable with them. That means being involved in the hiring process. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure your practice or company is ready for what’s next.  Delegating gives you more time to think about the next big thing.

Richard says if you are working in your business 24/7/365, it is very difficult to find time for yourself and your family. I couldn’t agree more. Reflecting on 2014, I know it has been the best year of my life. I look forward to learning and growing more in the years to come. And I will spend 2015 working to achieve the awesome balance of having fun, making money and doing good…following the example that Richard Branson set!

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