Yes, that’s right, Lisbon – with a UK dental practice team of over 20.
Cheers for Tim Thackrah and the crew at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic, who have invited me yet again to join them on their annual overseas trip.
I’ve known Tim over 10 years and we have become good friends.
I’ve worked as his business coach through thick and thin.
Tim’s attitude as owner and leader is that the team deserves a reward for their efforts that goes beyond a Christmas bash.
So every year at this time they jet off to somewhere conveniently close in Europe and have a good time (with some CPD training on Saturday morning).
This evening will be a casual dinner in the city, tomorrow afternoon and Sunday at leisure, Saturday night a bit of a posh dinner.
A chance for the team to rest, have some fun, get to know each other better and, undoubtedly, create a few more memories.
Record year? No way – it’s been twice the work for a decent result. But that doesn’t mean you reward good people less…you reward them more.


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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.