THINKING BUSINESS
a blog by Chris Barrow

Every day is a red letter day

It seems so at the moment – there is so much going on. After Tuesday’s visioning exercise, Wednesday was a “head down” day of answering client emails, reading and responding to their weekly progress reports, making some phone calls and generally keeping my task list manageable. A big “tick” on yesterday’s list was also completing my slides for the forthcoming Quarter 2 dental workshops. The material doesn’t change that much but I love to recreate the slides with a different background and some new visuals – largely to entertain myself. A nice moment was a call from my old friend Henry Brownson (a top dental accountant) with a referral to a potential new client. Referrals are always the best way to grow a business and I have been cross-referring with Henry for years. Money never changes hands between us – we refer on merit alone and I like that. I made a very big decision yesterday and withdrew from this year’s London Marathon on 23rd April. That, let me tell you, was a tough one. I hate to say this but “at my age” I need to listen to my body very carefully – and I know I’m just not fit enough physically and wired enough mentally to show up AND have a great day. I would get round but the last 10 miles would be even more unpleasant than usual and I have one or two physical niggles that I’m sure would become real problems. Part of coaching is to admit sometimes that you have to let things go – and this is one less “to do” at a very hectic time. The people at my chosen charity, Whizz Kidz, were very gracious and have confirmed a “roll-over” to 2007. In the meantime I am going to pick another event later in the summer and train up for it without the immediate pressure. Today I am interviewing a potential candidate for the position of business manager, to be vacated by Barbara at the end of April – I know that, even if the meeting goes well, the new team member will not be in place in May, so I’m contingency planning and looking for a short-term locum manager. If you know anyone that would like to look after me and my business for a few months, please let me know.

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