I know – I know.
I spent 3 weeks bemoaning the fact that I was travelling, working in hotel rooms and the occasional stately home – and now, here I am, 4 days at a desk and losing it.
It’s that bloody “to do” list.
I do this when I have 1 day to do 4 days work.
I sit there and look at the list, telling myself “I have 1 day to do 4 days work” – over and over again – but not doing anything about it other than BMW’ing (bitching, moaning and whining for the uninitiated).
I’m in what Dan Sullivan calls “The Gap” – the place between the present and the future where everything is still “to do” – although not, I believe, in Seth Godin’s “The Dip” – the place where you know it’s time to quit.
Having said that, by the time this photograph was taken (at about 6.00pm last night) I was ready to quit the working day and take a couple of hours out to sit by the sea and let the ocean wind blow the cobwebs out.
In the UK financial media there has been coverage this week of a take-over bid for Oasis, one of the larger dental corporates – £79 million on offer.
Both Simon Hocken and I have had emails and calls asking “why aren’t you buying Oasis?”
It appears that our current lack of £79 million in petty cash is of no concern to some investment bankers, who are flush with funds and seeking opportunity.
Does this mean that we need to raise our game – just a little?
I genuinely think that Simon and I could put together a team of people that would make a very good job of expanding that business.
It had me thinking – as I spent an hour yesterday afternoon trying to get some video email software working and searching fruitlessly for the username and password I was allocated 6 months ago and haven’t looked at since.
Am I playing at the right level here?
This Oasis business is really unsettling me.
On a less histrionic note – I am making progress with developing the “on-line” end of The Dental Business School with Kim Black. I have a vision of creating a monthly subscription service for all in UK dentistry, as well as a web-based toolkit shop. More on that later when we have something to show you.
I’m supplying the intellectual property and experience, Kim the back-stage electronic wizardry – we should have something visible in the next 3 months that would give potential clients some alternative entry levels to our products and services – to complement (I hasten to add) the existing DBS services.
Whilst I am tackling that end of things, Simon is driving forward the development of a national Producer Group for UK dental principals, working with our Financial Director designate (a chartered accountant) on the launch plan.
Chatting to Simon last evening- he, too, had finished a rewarding day of coaching calls and emails but agreed that there may be a bigger game to play here.
If somebody could just pop that cheque for £79.5 million in the post – we can get on with building the best corporate in the market…
For now – I’ll be meeting with Team CB this (Friday) morning:

  • Review cash flow forecasts
  • Review marketing activity
  • Review new business pipeline
  • Review 101 ideas on how to serve our clients

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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.