Nanny McPhee

I took my two daughters to see the movie last night – it didn’t really grab me but I was thinking about the “lessons” that she teaches the children in her care and (as always) the metaphor in life:
1. Go to bed when you are told (turn off the darn TV and get some decent sleep – I’ve been really good at this recently and the sleep is working wonders);
2. Get up when you are told (suits me, I’m an early starter and like to hit the ground running at 6.00am each morning – the first 90 minutes are crucial);
3. Get dressed when you are told (recently, I’ve killed off the “man in black” because I got tired of that workshop uniform. My sponsors at a recent live event expressed their disappointment that I wasn’t dressed professionally enough for them – lesson – I can dress how I like at my own gigs but not at others);
4. Listen. Say no more – as I coach it’s what I must do – but I am also presently learning to listen to myself as well as others. To listen to my body, mind and spirit and to learn from what they are telling me;
5. Do exactly as you are told. Just follow the instructions in those professional and personal self-help books. Don’t be afraid of getting help and enrolling help. There is little new to learn on the road to success – so just follow the instructions and, most importantly of all, keep it simple.
Finally, Nanny McPhee tells the children, “when you need me but don’t want me, I will stay – but when you want me and don’t need me I must go”.
A mission statement for a coach perhaps?


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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.