Looking for a personal assistant

I arrived back in Falmouth last night after 4 days “on the road” and had a few drinks and a wind down last night at my “local” after an enormously successful week.
Saturday morning I’m sat at my desk (6.30am) looking at 65 emails in my “in box”, follow up from this week’s meetings, an ongoing project list with deadlines approaching and an ominously large pile of mail in my “in tray”.
Is this part of becoming assimilated into the IDH Borg?
No – I have to say that the vast majority of transactions are concerned with “domestics” and also professional stuff outside of IDH.
I’m still being asked to give presentations, write articles, discuss ideas with strategic alliance partners and even offer opinion, experience and advice to my circle of professional friends inside dentistry and in the wider world of business.
Problem is – overwhelm.
Even though I am a devotee and sometimes client of Dan Sullivan, Stephen Covey, David Allen and other gurus of the time management field – I’ve organised myself and my time very well over the years – but I’m not supposed to spend my Saturday morning at the desk.
So I have to get help – in the form of a personal assistant to help me run my private and professional life outside of IDH.
A lot of it is important personal administration – I have 3 domestic properties, one in Falmouth and two in Manchester. There are a number of cars knocking about. I have 5 children who are either teenagers or young adults in full/part-time education.
I have professional activities outside of IDH as mentioned above which seem to have accelerated during September.
I have a busy diary that needs managing, including travel and accommodation requirements that have to be planned carefully.
The role could be filled virtually (the candidate doesn’t have to live in Cornwall) but we would be in constant communication by email and phone.
I want to sign letters of authority so that I can pass ALL the paper across and also hire someone who can make calls for me to service providers, arrange telephone and physical meetings and manage where I am and who I am in conversation with.
I suppose I’m looking for an all-round assistant, concierge and super-efficient sidekick who can just take all of this away and give me my Saturday back.
Do you know of anyone who would fit the bill?
If you do – can you ask them to email me at coachbarrow@me.com and let me know.
Back to work…..


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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.