Author Archives: Chris Barrow

An open letter of gratitude to Direct Line Insurance

James Payne South West Sales & Service Cluster Director Direct Line Insurance 37 Broad Street Bristol BS1 2EQ 1st May 2017 Dear James I wanted to write back and thank you on behalf of my wife for the letter of … Continue reading

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President Lannister and other despots

You would think we know better in 2017. On one side of the world we have Kim Jong-un standing before the massed ranks of his army and press-ganged “supporters”, squealing delightedly as his armaments are paraded past. Koreans, both North … Continue reading

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Why I’m pulling out of tomorrow’s Manchester Marathon

With less than 24 hours notice (and after many a conversation in the last week about “just doing it”) I’ve reluctantly decided to withdraw from tomorrow’s Manchester Marathon, pushing my next attempt back to Liverpool at the end of May. … Continue reading

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There’s been some comment on both sides of the Atlantic about the fact that I haven’t yet disconnected from the web, even though I’m on vacation. Perhaps the most significant difference in the world of travel has been the arrival … Continue reading

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Ready, steady, go!

For many of us, first proper day back at work tomorrow – the party being over. It occurred to me as a jogged through a frosty Dunham Massey Country Park this morning, that we have a choice as to how … Continue reading

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Christmas week in The Bunker

I’m a neat freak. This is possibly the quietest week of the working year and an opportunity to spend some time thinking, planning and preparing for the first quarter of 2017. In the run up to Christmas I created a … Continue reading

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Saturday morning riff

I knew I’d had a good night when I woke up at 05:00 this morning, flat on my back in bed, all the bedroom lights on and still wearing my glasses – at least I had undressed before I got … Continue reading

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Working so hard that you forget how to rest

October has established itself as the busiest month in my working calendar (and, it seems, that of many of my friends and clients who run their own businesses). My new business, Coach Barrow, launched on 1st September, the new web … Continue reading

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More on daily huddles

An interesting moment for me at Friday’s BDA Whitening Day was asking an audience of over 50 “how many of you conduct a daily huddle and go through the day-book before the first patient arrives, so as to highlight opportunities … Continue reading

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The extra miles

Followers of my social media channels will know that on Thursday I had the privilege of joining Patrick Allen from Henry Schein and small group of intrepid dental folks for marathon #388/401 with Ben Smith, who is completing 401 marathons … Continue reading

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