The Female Principal blog series part 2: The X woman

The X-Woman
I’ve come to the conclusion that you don’t do this because you are committed to owning a business – you do it because you are a mutant, whose X ability is ownership – and you cannot help yourself. You are required to have super-powers – to be indestructible. To be Titanium.
I’m reminded of my 2013 hero Walter White from Breaking Bad who, in the final episode (don’t panic – this isn’t a spoiler) says:
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive
Let’s face it – no reasonable person would tolerate the shit that you have tolerated – for the money, for the prestige, for peer recognition, to perfect their clinical skills There has to be a deeper physiological reason for you doing this – and I think it’s because it makes you feel alive.
So – my three Xmas X-Women sat me down and told me their individual stories, of stress and suffering in support of their quest.
Not one of them was making a fantastic living – in fact 2 of the 3 weren’t making much at all.
They each have beautifully presented practices (it’s a thing that X-Women do) and they know all there is to know about how to run a business.
The challenges they all faced were simple:

  • not enough time
  • not enough money
  • not enough delegation
  • a constant fear of public failure
  • lack of self-confidence

So I thought I would take the opportunity of setting out some thoughts that all existing and wannabe female principals might want to take on board for 2014 – bearing in mind my own trepidation as a man offering advice to a fearless and fearsome community of women (head on the block).
*An excerpt from The Female Principal manuscript by Chris Barrow – to be published as an ebook later in 2014


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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.