Every day is a red letter day

It seems so at the moment – there is so much going on.
After Tuesday’s visioning exercise, Wednesday was a “head down” day of answering client emails, reading and responding to their weekly progress reports, making some phone calls and generally keeping my task list manageable. A big “tick” on yesterday’s list was also completing my slides for the forthcoming Quarter 2 dental workshops. The material doesn’t change that much but I love to recreate the slides with a different background and some new visuals – largely to entertain myself.
A nice moment was a call from my old friend Henry Brownson (a top dental accountant) with a referral to a potential new client. Referrals are always the best way to grow a business and I have been cross-referring with Henry for years. Money never changes hands between us – we refer on merit alone and I like that.
I made a very big decision yesterday and withdrew from this year’s London Marathon on 23rd April. That, let me tell you, was a tough one.
I hate to say this but “at my age” I need to listen to my body very carefully – and I know I’m just not fit enough physically and wired enough mentally to show up AND have a great day. I would get round but the last 10 miles would be even more unpleasant than usual and I have one or two physical niggles that I’m sure would become real problems.
Part of coaching is to admit sometimes that you have to let things go – and this is one less “to do” at a very hectic time. The people at my chosen charity, Whizz Kidz, were very gracious and have confirmed a “roll-over” to 2007. In the meantime I am going to pick another event later in the summer and train up for it without the immediate pressure.
Today I am interviewing a potential candidate for the position of business manager, to be vacated by Barbara at the end of April – I know that, even if the meeting goes well, the new team member will not be in place in May, so I’m contingency planning and looking for a short-term locum manager.
If you know anyone that would like to look after me and my business for a few months, please let me know.


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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.