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What is on Dr. Kutsch’s must-read list?

What is on Dr. Kutsch’s must-read list?
Dr. V Kim Kutsch

I have many passions in my life. Dentistry, research, writing, playing banjo; but one of my passions that keeps all others fueled is my constant need to learn.  I have always been one to seek out experts and try and learn everything about their expertise–in order to better myself and my business. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite reads as of late.


The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

This book challenges many widely held beliefs that success comes from our ability to multitask, or “outwork” the competition. Or, as I have often done; react quickly to the latest and greatest challenge in our marketplace.

However the book suggests that for most businesses success often boils down to doing one important thing and doing it right. In our twitter-fed, overstimulated world this book can provide a little clarity as to what is most important.


The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

By Shawn Achor

I picked this up after watching Shawn Achor’s Ted talk. The statistics and science behind happiness and success are intriguing. He makes a poignant argument that while most believe success in life brings happiness, the reality is the opposite.

Happiness precedes success!

While many self-help books are nice to read and can be motivating, few of them have really stuck with me. Achor makes a compelling scientific case, which resonates with me and I am guessing with you too.

After reading this book and looking back at all the successful dental practices and teams I have met, I believe this philosophy has real merit in dental practice success.


Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less

By Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao


Dr. John Kois recommended this one and went so far as to hand it out at the Annual Kois Center Symposium. The authors really break down how smart leaders take advantage of truly excellent core competencies and capitalize on them to create real growth.

Many business owners (me included) find that scaling the business sounds nice, but there is no roadmap shedding light on how to actually do it. We all want to capitalize on excellence and take our business to the next level, this book is a must read if you want some true direction on how to make it happen.


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

By Simon Sinek

“Leadership is inspiration, nothing more, nothing less”. This book should be the first book read in Business 101. All the great business leaders: Jobs, Bezos, Welch, and Sinegal understood their “why” and put it at the core of every decision they made. Sinek breaks down the reasons why “Starting with Why” is the founding premise of any businesses long-term success.

These are my must-reads right now, what have you read lately that I should pick up next?

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