Holiday 1

The old & young pretenders after a long hot cycle.There is a reduction in postings because I’m enjoying the Force 6 winds & rain in West Cork. Time with my family and particularly my son is priceless, I am aware that the rise of his physical star and the waning of mine are coming close to coincidence. We are enjoying cycling together; he outsprints me but my stamina tops his.

The Monday Morning Quote #2

As a very wise patient once said to me:

“If you tell me about something before you start it’s an explanation,

if you tell me about it after it has happened it’s an excuse.”

The Monday Morning Quote #1

Even though I didn’t get around to publishing until Tuesday!

This seemed particularly apt this week for a number of reasons. It comes from Henry David Thoreau’s classic book “Walden”

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do, or rather something to be. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in someway, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles.”

Time Management never meant so much…an update.

I have just discovered that Randy Bausch who I mentioned in an earlier posting passed away on July 28th.

Rest in Peace.


Time Management never meant so much.

As a coach one of the major things that I help my clients deal with is time management. It’s something that I read about and research in order to be able to keep abreast of the newly labelled science or art of GTD.

Or is it Emperor’s New Clothes?

I came across this lecture by Randy_Pausch.

It’s called The Last Lecture for obvious reasons & here he is on Time Management.


Helium. It’s good for the soul.

Sometimes when clients say “thank you” it’s good to hear; when they give you a testimonial it’s even better, if a little embarrassing. One of my biggest failings is that I don’t blow my own trumpet nearly enough.

Alun’s experience as a dental practitioner and professional coach have proved to be of great benefit in the development and success of my private dental practice.

Alun’s straightforward “tell it how it is” approach has encouraged my dental team to stop, think and apply new ideas and systems to our customer care and patient journey.

I would have made less expensive mistakes had I engaged Alun’s services sooner!!

I would highly recommend Alun’s services to new and experienced colleagues alike.

Regards C.E.”

Another Travelodge


Great idea no fuss, minimal need to interact with other travelers, familiar, easy to book, lots of them.

Downside? Soulless, no idea where you are when you wake up during the night, the ones on M-way services condemn you to the adjacent food (or none as here in Washington) the choice being a several mile round trip to reach a point that is a few hundred yards as the crow flies.

What makes them different from each other?

The smile of the person who welcomes you, who makes the effort to acknowledge you as a weary traveler.

So thanks Rachel you were ‘just doing your job’ our transaction lasted all of 90 seconds but it’ll make me stay with you guys again.

GDC having its say – 2

I must own up to having mixed feeling about the practice of “facial aesthetics”. When I examine my motives I realise they have arisen from

  1. having a close family interest matters of the skin here & here
  2. concern that some young dentists were seeing it as a panacea for gaps in their appointment books.
  3. it was being used to avoid thorough examination and performance of comprehensive dentistry.
None of these are entirely logical, so I suppose it should be a “peripheral’ skill in that dentists should know about it. They should know where to refer their patients if they feel that they would benefit from treatment with botox or fillers. Or, if they are really keen they should do one of the courses that are available and ensure that they are proficient in the techniques. 

But should they be practice builders? As a foundation of a practice I would be very concerned.

Now the GDC have spoken…”As a result of the Council’s Scope of Practice consultation in early 2008, the Council has agreed that non-surgical cosmetic procedures outside the immediate mouth area are not dentistry. The Council will also be undertaking an impact assessment on whether surgical procedures away from the face, such as bone harvesting from the hip, should not be considered dentistry.”

Fuller report here

Don’t have too many eggs in one basket as our grandmothers would have said.

Will this result in separate businesses under the same roof? See last weeks blog entry.

GDC having its say – 1

Why is it that whenever the GDC clarifies situations I am left with more questions? They have made a couple of recent statements on whitening and facial aesthetics.

On whitening. Thank goodness some sense at last, hygienists and therapists will be allowed to carry out tooth whitening. Not only that, but nurses will be able to take impressions and construct trays for bleaching.

Yet there are still dentists who will not undertake tooth whitening because the GDC’s position, which hasn’t been helped by some mixed messages from the defence associations, has been so ambiguous over the past decade that they live in fear of prosecution by ‘trading standards‘ if there are any problems.

Can we now use the strength of material to do the job properly too. please?

Will this bring the prices down I wonder? The last practice I visited had just reduced his bleaching fees from £500 to £400 (£397 was my suggestion) and was planning on delegating the whole thing to his therapist. he’s one of the few people I know who really has grasped the role of therapists within the team.

Three Dimensions of Photography

I am getting some new photographs and I went to see an old friend from BNI, John Moore. I knew that John was a talented photographer who, as he used to say in his one minute address, “doesn’t do weddings”. What I hadn’t realised was that his partner, Heidi, is also excellent with a camera and between them they have three separate businesses.

First up is John Moore photography a good looking site which shows what his main interests are.

Next he has developed a niche dealing with children. Now as someone who enjoyed treating children during my dental career I admire a professional who obviously has a rapport and can bring the best out of them. Instead of including that under the same banner have a look at What a great name.

Following on from that, and almost by accident, came Heidi’s niche. It started with some photographs of her pregnant friends but has now become ‘glamour’ photography for real people. It’s called Secret Me and the site is here Heidi’s flair for this side of her art is obvious.

I think they are to be congratulated on their invention and marketing flair

Now what can you do to emulate them?

As for my photos, all in good time….

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