Mad week

It’s going to be a challenging week before we fly to Barcelona on Friday for the Practice Plan Club Weekend – and then on to Milan for a family week in the Italian lakes.
You are all familiar with the phenomenon – the week before a holiday the “to do” list looks overwhelming.
In our case the situation is exacerbated by a particular business opportunity that requires immediate and urgent attention.
What I thought was going to a rather well-balanced wind-down has, instead, turned into a whistle-stop tour of the UK – in the next 4 days:
•           Falmouth
•           Manchester
•           Halifax
•           Birmingham
•           Christchurch
•           Wimbledon
•           Farnham
•           Reading
•           Bath
•           Bristol
Looks like complete madness? Correct.
The “tour” in question is a combination of pre-planned meetings with clients and a “drop everything” scenario that developed last Thursday. Add to that the existing schedule of meetings and emails and it will be a very exciting few days.
This is one of those moments where the following are essential:
•           a superb business manager – check
•           a championship support team – check
•           an understanding partner – check
•           an extremely well-disciplined focus – check
•           good time management software – check
•           the ability to prioritise carefully – check
•           a cool head – check
So – here goes – watch this space.
What’s especially interesting is that I’ll be pushing the boat out on something that I think could change the face of UK dentistry.
Then again – it’s changing anyway.
In the last couple of weeks I have been in conversation with financiers and entrepreneurs who are bringing new business models into the business of UK dentistry:
•           PrivateVT schools
•           Franchise models
•           Venture capitalists
•           Nationally branded and marketed dentistry
•           Existing supply companies completely changing their direction
And more than one set of individuals and companies involved.
I sense huge change.
New ways of doing things.
For now – it’s head down and run for the finish line on Thursday night – and I hope I’ll get to enjoy a beer with some of you this coming weekend.


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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.