I’m back and pinging

I’m sleeping again – probably because all problems exist in the absence of a good conversation and I’ve had some good conversations (with myself and others) in the last few days.
Rome was a crowded (in February!), shabby tourist city with some of the most amazing art, architecture and archeology I have ever seen. Contrast the prostitutes flaunting their trade on the main commuter routes downtown with the beauty of the Pieta and you have the place categorised – perversion and perfection.

Back in Como this week and a busy working week before I head for the UK on Sunday and a 2-week working tour.

Couple of interesting moments today that I want to share with you:

a. a reminder to “ask not what you can do but whom you can ask to do it” – not exactly Scripture but a good phrase to remember. Today I needed an on-line merchant account urgently. I asked someone who knew how, Guy Levine at www.levineit.com and the merchant account was up and running in 30 minutes. I would have taken a week to research and another week to implement;

b. the two types of theory.

Type 1 – People sit inside buildings, coming up with theories and then sending others out see if they apply in the real world;

Type 2 – People go out into the world, have experiences and then, when they return, design elegant theories to explain what has happened to them.

I have always been a Type 2 theorist. Too many people in fledgling businesses are Type 1 theorists – trying to figure things out before they try them.

I am the anti-preparation coach – just do it!


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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.