7 days

7 straight days of work ahead:

  • Glasgow today for a strategic planning meeting on cloud-based practice management software
  • Client visits Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • BDA conference Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 4 nights in hotels, 6 train journeys
  • Home Saturday evening
  • Greater Manchester Marathon Sunday
  • Gatwick a week Monday
  • Greece a week Tuesday for a week

An in-tray full of domestic paper in The Bunker.
Plenty of very interesting projects on the go.
Considering the future of dentistry.
Pondering on how direct access will affect Principals in independent practice and their associates (let alone hygienists and therapists) and how it changes the business model?
Reflecting on the re-appearance of private equity in the business of dentistry (IDH/Oasis/The DBG) and the relatively slow progress of retail dentistry (red tape still exists).
Looking at the proliferation of new manufacturers, distributors, retailers and the sudden increase in products and choice available to the public.
Thinking about NHS dentistry, aggregation of PCT’s and emergence of micro-corporates.
Wondering how UK dental laboratories can secure their future?
Interested to see how associate percentages and goodwill valuations will evolve.
Continuing to appreciate the impact of the cloud, e-commerce, digital dentistry, social media and the connected economy.
Very excited about the practice development we are doing in 7connections and the difference we are making to the clients with whom we work.
Appreciating the contrast between “advisory”, “consultative” and “collaborative” in the business relationships I have.
Seeing nothing but opportunity and head in a spin – where to start?
Thinking, thinking, thinking.
I need a coach.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.