Busy day/week/month/year – life!

The response to the blog and vlog posts on our new retail dentistry opportunity has been very encouraging – plenty of emails and calls to work on – but there is always room for more – so if you know someone (or are someone) who would like to be “in” at the start of the biggest venture to take place in UK dentistry for a decade – let me know!
However, its important for me not to lose sight of my core business – coaching clients – and to that end, the week is predictably full of delivery.
Yesterday I facilitated a sales team meeting at 1st Dental Laboratories and also hosted a lunch with the senior management and Cathy Johnson, to start a re-branding project.
I’m helping 1st Dental to re-think their complete brand and market position after an eventful few years (to say the least) and I’m encouraged by the open-minded attitude of the management to new ideas for the next 5 years.
Today is (as tweeted earlier) the launch of a Practice Managers Business School for Genix Healthcare – as they continue to evolve from a micro to mini-corporate and to develop the systems and people that will secure their growth.
Last night I had a light supper with the very impressive new operations manager at The Mall, Manchester – Phil Broughton has found himself a winner in Suzy Wayne, whose history and abilities are very impressive.
To top it all, last night I worked from 20:30 to 22:30 with Brendon Macdonald on the “story boards” for a video shoot we are attending in London next Monday – to develop a brand new e-learning business that will become visible in the Autumn.
The next two days will be further meetings with coaching clients, about which you will hear more.
All in all – the message is one of “activity” and “development”.
Whether its Centre for Dentistry, a brand new and ground-breaking enterprise, a small corporate like 1st Dental or Genix – or an owner-managed practice like The Mall – clients are thinking about a bigger future – about what they need to do to stay “in the game” and “ahead of the game” over the next 5 years.
I love this job – I know I keep telling you that.
The travel and nights away from home are a killer – and most of you will know that we are relocating to Manchester in September to cut both by 50%.
Business is tough – I’m having to manage my cash flow and my activity very carefully – I feel as if I’m working harder than I have for many years.
But I’m also having more fun than at any time in the last decade.
I guess the two go hand in hand for us all.


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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.