Saturday in Toronto

Toronto CBS June 2006 013.jpgIts been a predictably exhausting three days and I’m blogging at 2.00pm local time as the coaches spend some time individually creating their goals and actions for the next 90 days.
Reviewing the mind map of objectives that we began with on Thursday I think I can allow myself a pat on the back for helping everyone to get to their finish line later today.
All of Friday was spent working 1:1 with each coach’s immediate issues – and, as always, the conversations were relevant to everyone’s situation.
I made the mistake of going out for dinner last night – after 2 days of coaching I was exhausted and lousy company – proven by the fact that they had created a matrix of alcohol intake v. sociability and placed me in the lower left quadrant – a sober, anti-social based on last night’s performance.
Well I give it out – so I have to take it now and then.
Lesson learned – on 3-day Intensives go out for dinner with the clients on one evening and then chill the rest.
Its been a blast here in Toronto – now I’m going to take some time off to rest, recharge and renew my enthusiasm.
Over lunch today an interesting conversation about “raising your game” – which we defined as what happens when you reduce your tolerations and increase your expectations. And how that can make you periodically unpopular and isolated.


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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.