Why all of this “taking sides”?

There seems to be a conversation “out there” that private dentistry is somehow in opposition to NHS dentistry.

That corporates are in opposition to independents (and each other).

That the PCT’s are in opposition to principals.

That associates are in opposition to owners.

There has to be “opposition” to keep some people engaged to the extent that they don’t look at themselves in the mirror.

Stephen Covey famously quotes:

“If there is a problem with your team, the problem is you.”

I’d like to extend that.

“If there’s a problem with your business, the problem is you.”

Stop bloody well complaining about:

  • the Government
  • the banks
  • the economy
  • the patients
  • the staff
  • the associates
  • the Inland Revenue
  • the kids
  • the weather
  • the airline/train-line/traffic jam/call centre
  • the regulators

and sort it out.

It’s simple.

There is plenty of business out there.

If you set out to help people – they will help you.

And if you work hard enough and are well focused, you can succeed in any endeavour.

By the way – I’m speaking to myself here as well!


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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.