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Gerber has had great success with his previous E-Myth books, and this is the sixth in the series. The E-Myth posits that, because most professional business owners are successful in their field, they assume they are going to be successful entrepreneurs as well, and this assumption often leads to failure. In doctors' harried world, time is at such a premium that the ability to work on their practice (Systems Thinking) is usually superseded by the need to continue working in their practice (Tactical Thinking). As a result, the practice suffers, with patients frustrated by waiting, a tense and impatient staff, and poor cash flow. The E-Myth teachings show the doctor how to regain control over her practice, not by trying to manage people better (which is impossible) but by creating a repeatable system that anyone can follow to success. By focusing and creating a sound business plan, the physician creates a supportive environment for himself, his staff, and his patients, which allows him to get back to what he does best--healing. David Siegfried
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Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. INC. magazine called him "the World's #1 Small Business Guru." He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Michael E. Gerber Companies—a group of highly unique enterprises dedicated to creating world-class start-ups and entrepreneurs in every industry and economy—a company that transforms the way small business owners grow their companies and which has evolved into an empire over its history of nearly three decades.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060938404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060938406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. Inc. Magazine
called him "the World's #1 Small Business Guru." He started over 40 years
ago addressing a significant need in the small business market: businesses
owned primarily by people with technical skills but few business skills, and
no place to go to get meaningful help. Over the years, Michael E. Gerber's
companies have helped tens of thousands of small business owner-clients
to successfully transform their businesses into world-class operations.

Mr. Gerber's latest books are The Most Successful Small Business in the
World, Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, The E-Myth Enterprise, The E-Myth
Mastery, The E-Myth Manager, along with co-authored E-Myth Vertical books
The E-Myth Attorney, The E-Myth Accountant, The E-Myth Optometrist, The
E-Myth Chiropractor, The E-Myth Financial Advisor, The E-Myth Landscape
Contractor, The E-Myth Architect, The E-Myth Real Estate Brokerage,
The E-Myth Insurance Store and soon to be released The E-Myth Real
Estate Investor, The E-Myth Dentist and The E-Myth Nutritionist.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Galen Danielson on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My partners and I read the E-Myth Physician after reading the E-Myth Revisited. The concepts and systemization of our company have significantly changed our practices in the last year. After looking at some of the other reviews I noticed a common theme, people either love the book or hate it. Those who were not pleased with the book all have another common theme in that they did not feel it offered any "practical" solutions to their problems. That point of view absolutely supports Gerber's idea of the "technition" working in the business and not working on the business. I would not recommend this book for people looking for quick solutions to daily problems in their practice, but if you want to change your practice and the way you look at your business it is an excellent addition to the E-Myth series.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Blurb on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I agree with Dan who posted a review 2 posts before me. I am a physician and have read a few of Gerbers books. His Emyth revisited is a good book. However, his other books such as this one which is supposed to be geared towards specific profession. He only gives you some very basic concepts that offer really no solutions to these problems. I think most of us who understand our problems wish to have some questions answered and get help solving them not just simply reiterate what we already know. He does an absolute poor job on the money section of the book even though he implies that it is one of the most important aspects of the business. It is a terrible book on application to problem solving. Emyth even though does not necessarily cover application all the way either but it gives more useful hints than this one.
Organization: C-
Application: F
Usefulness: F
Re-read: F
Overall: D-
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By honest abe on February 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
The following is my opinion: As a physician myself about to start my own private practice, I came across this book and thought "well, it's only ~$13 and I'm sure it is worth at least that much and I'm sure I'll get at least one or two pointers." I was wrong on all accounts. Let me save you some time by giving you the answers he offers to his two questions: 1)why most medical practices don't work, 2)what to do about it. Answers: 1)because physicians don't have a system, 2)create a system. Makes promises and keep them. That's it. If at this point you are saying to yourself "that's it? You have to be kidding!", then you know exactly how I felt after reading the book. Through most of the book, he would bring up provacative questions and I kept thinking to myself "here it comes, I wonder what his answer/solution to that question is,I can't wait, that is such a good questions." And time after time and for the entire book, it left me disappointed. He provided no real answers, or answers that only a child or a moderately mentally challenged adult may take as plausible. It is like being promised a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and then finding it filled with a pot of manure. He often makes very strange comments. The one that comes to mind right now is: doctors don't understand time with a capital T, they understand time with a lower case t. When I came across comments like this, I was waiting for something profound to be said, which of course left me disappointed and wondering "what the heck was he talking about?" He would tell stories of how patients hated waiting for long periods and that resulted in patients feeling frustrated. Duh! He speaks as if doctors like their patients to be irritated and as if doctors enjoy running late for appointments. His solution to this problem?Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dan N on September 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Gerber has very interesting ideas about systematic management of a medical practice. He uses the franchise example of McDonald's to help the physician to think of his or own practice as a system, that is easy to repeat. Repetitive systems are a definite way to provide better patient care and make more money. Mr. Gerber also speaks about how the physician must constantly look to change to improve these systems. This also makes sense with the constant changing horizon of health care.
The problem, is that Mr. Gerber gives very little insight on how to put these concepts into practice. For example, he believes all physicians should have systems to see patients on time. Yet, he has no solutions on how to deal with the problems that put physicians behind in the schedule. He brings up the "By the way doc,...," patient with multiple unannounced problems, but no solutions on how to deal with him. Another concept he suggests, is when a customer is angry, doing whatever the customer wants to satisfy them. This is a good concept with most patients, but there are several where this would not work, drug-seekers, etc.
This is a great book to help you conceptualize what you want your practice to be. It will help you to break it down into individual concepts and systems to address and fine tune to make your practice profitable and enjoyable. It will not give you much practical advice on how to solve these problems. You will have to look elsewhere for this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By deuist on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I was a bit conflicted over what rating to give it. Yes, there is insightful information in the book, but it only takes up two pages. The rest of the text is the typical motivational style found in other business books. It's the "You can succeed" attitude that I find obnoxious. For what it's worth, the premise of "E-Myth" is that doctors should have a set form for the practice -- that the office should run more like McDonald's than the traditional idea that everything revolves around the physician's meeting with the patient. Practices should divide tasks among the staff -- such as letting the techs take care of the initial physical -- while the doctors worry about only matters which actually require an M.D.
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