101 + Books To Grow Your DSO/Dental Group With More Time, Profit, And Impact

By November 24, 2020Strategy
Jacob Puhl - CEO

Jacob Puhl CEO/Partner of The DEO

To scale your dental group successfully, The DEO believes it’s key to surround yourself with abundantly-minded, entrepreneurial-thinking, growth-minded people. The DEO connects dentist-entrepreneurs and DSO leaders to work through challenges together. They emerge confident leaders with vision and purpose to grow their DSOs/dental groups. 

Having worked with 100s of dentist-entrepreneurs, we have found tremendous value in solving problems together with those who have “been there done that”, those who are trying to get to where you are, and those who are where you want to go. The DEO subscribes to the philosophy of “Why reinvent the wheel?” 

With opportunities to learn new approaches for handling roadblocks as well as strategies to plan for success,  we help dentist-entrepreneurs gain clarity and shatter the mental blocks holding them back.  This list of 101+ books contains the best business books we have found to help you to level up and move forward.

To date, DEO members have 900+ practices combined with an aggregated combined revenue of $1.3 billion. The DEO offers membership (benefits include: mastermind sessions, coaching, private member events, peer learning, a resource library, and more on associates, leadership, operations, and systems, recruiting, retention, financial structure, and all the issues dental group leaders face) plus twice-yearly Summits open to the public.

We have curated this recommending reading book list for entrepreneurs that reinforce The Dental Organization Growth Model’s™ prescription for scaling your dental group/DSO successfully — focus on your vision, your self, your team, and then the business of your dental group — in that order. 

The Dental Organization
Growth Model™

No matter where you are on your DSO/dental group’s growth journey — looking to add your first location, grow from 1-3, or 3-5, or 5-10 locations, or beyond, you are inevitably going to run into some tough issues, everything — from hitting your own “leadership ceiling” — to hiring and training your team — to systems and infrastructure — to revenue cycle management — to creating leaders, and more.

The DEO understands these issues from helping 100s of dentist-entrepreneurs grow their DSOs/dental groups and has developed a framework — The Dental Organization Growth Model™ — to help leaders get out of the “dark tunnel” and solve the issues that are lurking there. This framework can help you determine where you need to spend your time, where your biggest issues are, and where you need to level up.

The DEO recommends you focus on your vision, your self, your team, and then the business of your dental group — in that order.


Start with vision: determine it for your business — and for yourself. Vision is at the heart of the growth for your organization and yourself. It’s what helps you drive your dental group from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B’. Ask yourself: What is this business doing for you? What’s the vision for yourself? For example: maybe your vision is to get out of the dentist chair and into the CEO role.


Focus on yourself to gain the most leverage for your DSO/dental group’s growth. There will always be a lot of “noise” from outside forces: legislation, the economy, etc. But, you can control working on your leadership development. Vacillating between confidence and anxiety is part of the entrepreneur’s cycle. Lessen this cycle by viewing your business with a lens of consistent clarity, leveling up your executive capabilities, and connecting with other leaders,


Next focus on bringing your team from chaos to momentum. In momentum, there is unity and working together toward your dental group’s vision is seamless. To achieve momentum The DEO recommends focusing on:

  • talent management — attracting and retaining A+ staff and leadership
  • alignment of systems — so staff and leadership know where they are going (vision) and how to get there
  • leader growth — develop leaders to take your business to the next level


Finally, you can focus on your business —  and expose its deficiencies — to take it from fragile to unshakeable. Dentistry as a whole is solid but with the pandemic, The DEO discovered vulnerabilities in some DSOs/dental groups, leading to a business model analysis and discovery of the best ways to strengthen businesses. The DEO suggests evaluating your:

  • top-line growth — revenue forgives all sins
  • operational systems — systems will set you free
  • cash management — where is your money going?


Follow The Dental Organization Growth Model™ to have more time, make more profit, and have more impact!

I hope these 101 + of the best books for entrepreneurs are helpful to you! Following is a sneak-peek of the list. Get the entire book list here.

Cheers to your success!

Jacob Puhl

Dentist Entrepreneur Organization

CEO / Partner


Growth Leveler Accelerator Title
All Vision The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask about Your Organization: An Inspiring Tool for Organizations and the People Who Lead Them
All Vision Exponential Organizations: Why New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster, Cheaper Than Yours
All Vision Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

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Growth Leveler Accelerator Title
Business Operational Systems The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Business Operational Systems The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Business Operational Systems Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

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Team Leader Growth The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
Team Leader Growth Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Team Leader Growth HBR’s 10 Must Reads for New Managers

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Growth Leveler Accelerator Title
You Consistent Clarity Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
You Consistent Clarity Get A Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable . . . Your Journey to Get Real, Get Simple, and Get Results
You Consistent Clarity Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool For Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future

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