The Elephant and The Egotist

There are two creatures who need to be absent from a room before a good conversation can take place:

  1. The Elephant – an issue that nobody wants to acknowledge, even though it is patently true (example – a business idea or person that plainly isn’t working but all present are participating in an unfalsifiable hypothesis that the idea/person works);
  2. The Egotist – the person who can only function in win:lose mode and cannot accept constructive feedback.

The Elephant and The Egotist are an exhausting combination that prohibit growth and are a portent of doom.

When you spot either – run a mile.


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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.

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