The potter's wheel

Dental associates are like the clay on a potter’s wheel.
Before the age of 35, you can mould them – spin the wheel, add or subtract, change the shape.
At age 35 they are fired in a kiln and then set – never to be changed again.
Tap at them after this and they will break.
You have to get it right before you fire them in the kiln – teach them the habits of a lifetime.
Clinical habits as well as communication habits.
By the way – if the potter just sits them on the wheel and never spins it, they will just flop into a lump of clay.
You are the principal, YOU are the potter.


Published by

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.