A stimulating conversation yesterday with my industrial contract cleaners -applying what I have learned from my dental clients and where my thinking is at present. We are discussing Dan Sullivan’s Commodity Trap and the development of the Unique AbilityÂ®Â Process (UAP’s) – you can learn more at www.strategiccoach.com. What we have done in Breathe Business is to create UAP’s around our basic products and services:
Commodity = a one-day practice visit. UAP = Breathe Analysis
Commodity = a team training day on financial management. UAP = Focus on Money
Commodity = a 2-day workshop on leadership.UAP = The Authentic Leader
Commodity = a mastermind group for principals. UAP = The Breathe Business Club
Commodity = one of the business club days on increasing sales. UAP = The Sales Accelerator
Commodity = 1:1 coaching by Simon, Chris and Alun. UAP = Breathe Bespoke
So by creating a UAP we build credibility, we positively differentiate ourselves in the market – and when we trademark the UAP we create an increased sense of value for clients in purchasing the knowledge. It’s a fantastic process and worth the fees we have paid Strategic Coach just to understand that. I’ve been working with some of my dental clients on the application of this to their practices – and struggling a bit.
Commodity = a Procera crown. UAP?
Commodity = wall to wall veneers. UAP?
Commodity = implants. UAP?
I suspect you will guess the answers (there are two of them) – but it really became clear when I addressed the needs of the cleaners.
Commodity = we clean your office. UAP?
After some struggles we realised the two possibilities.
UAP the outcome or
UAP the process, the customer/patient journey.
Outcome = a nicer smile. Commodity = tooth whitening. UAP = The Whiter Smile Makeover
Outcome = no more dentures. Commodity = dental implants. UAP = The Permanent Solution
Outcome = straighter teeth. Commodity = Invisalign. UAP = The 10-years younger plan.
Outcome = a cleaner office. Commodity = 10 cleaners with mops and buckets. UAP = The Total Office Solution
Outcome = a cleaner workplace and carbon credits. Commodity = our environmentally friendly office cleaning package. UAP = Go Green (an actual product).
I’m starting to understand this now. More to follow on how to UAP the process.