August 2020

Men Behind the Business: Jim Maginnis

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Jim Maginnis, DMD, MS
Maginnis Orthodontics

What services do you offer?
Orthodontics for children and adults with braces, Clear aligners (Invisalign), and surgical orthodontic treatment.

What is your motto in life?
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Be a decent human and treat others well.

What are you passionate about? What makes your eyes light up with excitement when you talk about it?
I’m passionate about beautiful smiles and seeing amazing results—explaining orthodontic biomechanics to patients gets me amped up. I feel when patients are educated about what’s going on, they get into the process more and the outcomes are successful.

How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation? Something else?
To me, success is being able to have the freedom to achieve both short-term and long-term goals, whatever they may be. There will be bumps along the way, but with proper planning and perspective, they will be just that: bumps in the road that won’t deviate you from your destination.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to relax?
In my free time, I love to be outside, typically on the water. Currently, I’m doing a lot of paddleboarding, but I also enjoy boating, fishing and other watersports and lately, golf has re-entered my life.

Favorite local charitable organizations?
Deep Well and Backpack Buddies

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Since I’m in the car a lot, it can vary from processing what I’m listening to or working out business problems and solutions, while thinking about the future and how that plays in both my business life and personal life.

Favorite book or podcast?
Favorite podcasts: Joe Rogan Experience and Freakanomics; current book: Breath, by James Nestor; favorite books: Turn This Ship Around and Extreme Ownership.

What is one thing you didn’t know when you became a business owner that you wish you had known?
Delegation. At first, I wasn’t good at it. Orthodontists are trained to be control freaks and micromanagers in the mouth. It’s natural that we keep that mentality going in the administrative and other areas of business. Once I was able to put employees and systems in place, a lot of the stress has gotten better, and I’m able to focus on the clinical aspects of my job versus the business side of things.

11 Hospital Center Common, Suite 201
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

1050 Fording Island Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 757-9760

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