Making me look good

One of the top three business decisions I made in the last few years was to hire Phillippa Goodwin as my virtual personal assistant.

Why am I prompted to say that today?

Because three times last week I heard a version of:

“Phillippa is very good – so efficient and friendly”

  • one potential new client
  • one conference organiser
  • one existing client

And, to be fair, I hear that week after week.

I’m sometimes asked how come I always seem to attract good team members.

I’m not entirely sure what the answer is – I just seem to.

They all tell me I’m a great boss to work for – funny, demanding and respectful of their time and talents – and I think I pay well.

They move on – because life moves on – I’ve become accustomed to that over 23 years of self-employment.

Getting the right team members makes me look very good in the marketplace.

It also makes my life a pleasure – because I can focus on what I do well (speak, coach, write) and leave “everything else” to them.

That makes for fun weekends and lots of lovely holidays.

They are priceless – and none more so than Phillippa.


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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.