The Monday Morning Quote #611

When the winds of change rage, some build shelters while others build windmills.

Chinese proverb

The “Eye” has it

Private Eye has shared some of the truth about the GDC, the out of control regulator. Time to let them have more information. Once the Eye starts to pick at a sore they usually keep going. An abscess should be drained sooner rather than later.

The Monday Morning Quote #610

Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.

But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains.

Steve Jobs


If this is a stealth mask, what are the non-stealth ones like?

Brainstorming, a great way to…


Not because it doesn’t have any validity, it does of course have its uses, but because it is done so badly. Wrong place, wrong people, wrong problems which all contribute to the wrong solutions.

My experiences of the technique, for which we have to thank Alex Faickney Osborne and his book Applied Imagination, is that the people who enthuse and call the BS (funny that the acronym has other meaning) session fall into two camps.

First there’s the enthusiast who has already decided what outcome they want and uses the session to make everyone think they have come up with it.

Second is the person who hates making decisions and uses the time to avoid taking the blame for something when it goes wrong because, “we all had input and agreed”.

So when I came across “The Oatmeal” and the piece, “There are only bad ideas in Brainstorming” (from which the images are taken) it was a relief, a vindication of my unease – not because the technique has little in its favour, far from it – but because of the way that it is employed. The “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” approach does nothing for me.

But I have to admit I do enjoy it.

The Monday Morning Quote #609

All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

Sean O’Casey

The Incisal Edge Podcast with Abi Greenhough

I spoke to Abi Greenhough from Lily Head Practice Sales and we talked in depth about the ins and outs of buying and selling your Dental Practice.

I learned a lot and I’m sure you will too. Even during a lockdown she and her colleagues are busy working hard to initiate and complete sales and purchases on behalf of their clients.

You can reach Lily, Abi and their colleagues on 0333 772 0654 or




The stories of (false) teeth

Ask any dentist and they will tell you stories of how patients have lost or mislaid their dentures. From the, possibly apocryphal, tale of the junior nurse taking the dentures from all the patients on the ward to clean them and not being able to tell one from the other to the gentleman who “lost” them in the bed of a lady who was not his wife.

One of my most memorable was the individual who had lost his false teeth and could not face any social event without them, he went through the stages to have me replace them, which I did with the final fitting on a Friday. When I saw his name added to my day list as an emergency on the following Monday I presumed that he needed an “ease”. He arrived minus the teeth looking very shamefaced and told me that he had rather “tied one on” during Saturday, “making up for lost time with my mates” he explained. Unfortunately the teeth did not survive his excess and were now somewhere in the sewers via his toilet bowl on Sunday morning. Back to the drawing board.

This two minute film amused me and brought back memories of some of the tales from my clinical years, I hope you enjoy it.

The Monday Morning Quote #608

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

William James


Make sure your ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Q. What does a Business & Professional Coach do during and after work?

A. Makes sure the ladder is leaning against the right wall of course!

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