Getting my act together

Here’s my rather splendid office on the 32nd floor of the Toronto Hilton – The Executive Lounge – and , as you can see, I’m alone up here and have been for the last hour or so.
More free wireless and unlimited drinks – but no people is kind of doing my head in – so much so that, earlier, while my room was being cleaned, I wandered, lonely as a cloud, to Starbucks and sat writing emails for an hour while the office workers of Toronto buzzed around me.
It’s good to ear-wig some of the conversations and wonder what they are all really about. Everyone thinks their own issues are so important.
On my way to Starbucks I stumbled across a new book-store – “Books for Business” and had to drag myself out after 10 minutes because I had mentally spent hundreds of dollars. A cornucopia of business writing – and I suspect I’ll be back there before I leave.
I’m just about to head back to my room for a 6.00pm (UK) conference call with my dental clients – then I’ll be taking a break and walking over to the Eaton Centre for a bit of window shopping.
My plans are developing well – I’m jet-lagged today but making steady progress through my personal “to-do” list.
Once again I am reminded how valuable reflection and thinking time is.


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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.