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A week in the life of Simon Gambold

MD of Henry Schein Minerva and Heart your Smile Trustee.

Day 1:

Welcome to my week! London today, high speed train to St P, excellent service used to take one hour 20, now its 35 minutes, brilliant. The new Kings Cross building is emerging from the scaffolding, also looks impressive, great to see this kind of investment in our infrastructure.

First meeting of the day with the new Dean at Kings, discussed our ongoing partnership, their distance learning masters and general trends, challenges and opportunities. A global leader in education & research, certainly broadens the horizons.

Over to our Marble Arch Education Centre and showroom, see attached pic, for conference call with my European colleagues, subject: strategic plan, not as dry as it sounds actualy, ballancing the three year outlook with making this months numbers, an interesting task that I really enjoy.

Now just awaiting a meeting with the chair of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin's Young Doctors Forum, to discuss a future event we are planning. I find bringing the Dental and Medical opportunities together produces interesting conversations...we should work together more!

Which brings me to one of my best lessons learned over the years, working cooperativly brings greater success.

Day 2:

Back at the office in Gillingham today, team updates for the operations group. Every quarter I give a 30 minute update on our objectives, results, team activities, success stories & challenges for all 600+ dental team members in eleven locations around the UK and Ireland - time consuming but a brilliant way of feeling the pulse of the business and getting feedback from the frontline, from six people in Glasgow to 150+ at our national sales meetings.

2012 is going to be a great year, remember "Nothing fails like success, don't fall in love with what you do..." keep innovating, keep moving forward.

This is my favourite activity, along with building teams, it strengthens and develops your greatest asset, your people.

Day 3:

Day off today, took my eldest daughter to look round Reading University, see pic (not my Morgan unfortunatley!) Whilst she toured my wife and I had lovely lunch at the Swan at Pangbourne on the river, almost warm enough to eat outside.

What made me smile today? Well travelling all day with two women was a laugh, you know women smile more often than men, we certainly had a laugh. Oh and Elizabeth Windsors tweets, brilliant.

Day 4:

Happy St Davids Day: here are some of the team celebrating at our Cardiff Equipment HQ today.

Business review meetings for me all day today at Gillingham, i.e. reviewing results year to date - a good start to the year and interesting projects being worked on by the team.

There are some great initiatives being undertaken by dental and medical teams across the Country to increase provision, mentor colleagues, develop leadership and champion different aspects of healthcare to the wider community, it makes this industry a great place to get involved and a great place to work - I love it!

Day 5:

My final blog from sunny Cardiff and the BSP meeting, funniest I have attended with great presentations from Mike Lewis and John Tiernan. No piccies I am afriad, have to take my word for the sunshine

Realy enjoyed the week of blogs, back off home now to chill out with the family, walk the dog and for some serious gardening tomorrow.

Thank you James for your guidance last night, excellent evening despite the rush back from Birmingham and met up with some old friends at Kings dinner. Over now to Simran Chana.