What I'm Doing Now
This is my "Now" page. It's different to my "About" page in so far as that's partly a look back in time (at what was), but also a look forward (to what might be). This page, however, is all about what I'm working on now. I'll update it from time to time as things change.
Updated October 22nd 2022. Brighton, England.
Leadership, leadership leadership...
The overwhelming majority of my time is spent working to grow the VetX International Leadership Training & Recruitment business so I can help as many practices develop really positive cultures and hire great people. This feels like the best use of my time and particular skills in order to make the biggest veterinary medicine possible.
I work with practice owners in my mentoring group which numbers about 100 members right now, but I'd like to grow this to 500 over the next couple of years. Definitely drop me a line if you'd like to learn more. The group is brilliant fun, but hard work. The changes may be slow baked, but are utterly transformational. I only recruit staff for members of this group BTW, because I know I'm recruiting for people who are committed to making things better.
I'm not someone who just flaps my gums as a consultant. And it was always a struggle to walk away from practice. The tradeoff? To own a practice so I keep current and understand what my clients are experiencing.
A few years ago invested in a small and totally broken clinic in London. This has grown over the years to being a community focussed practice on a mission to show the world that vet med can be sustainable for all.
The clinic has had its fair share of ups and downs, but, by religiously focussing on team and culture we've just rounded out our best performing year ever and in a recent team meeting we catered for 16 people! Considering it began with two, that's pretty cool.
October and November are huge months in my businesses this year as my speaking schedule is pretty punishing with IVCE Graduate Academy in full swing (I teach professional skills to more than 400 vet graduates), plus four other speaking engagements. Then on top, we're pushing our new business Roundwood Pet Hospice very hard, and we have two stands to create some magic on at London Vet Show. I'll need a wee break at Christmas for sure!
The co-operative ownership plan for Roundwood Vets is moving along well, there's been a ton of legal stuff to wade through, but we're pretty much there and it will be amazing to make this dream a reality.
Well, beyond writing my blogs, not much new here, but I have decided to commit to gathering the data required for my next book in 2023 so I can write it in 2024. If you own a mechanic repair shop, or a dental hospital, then get in touch. I'd like to understand your business better and see if I can help improve it in return for some data.
I completed a 14 week block of training and the Brighton Triathlon and really, really loved it. My time was good enough to make the decision to compete for a full season next year and I'll need to get some better equipment to help me compete. I was speaking at about 10 hours of training a week. Realistically, this is going to have to rise to 15 if I'm to accomplish my objective of qualifying for TeamGB as an age-grouper.
Being a dad and co-parent takes up probably the greatest amount of my time. It is without any doubt the greatest source of both joy and guilt. Joy because being a father to my wonderful daughter, Marcia, is the best gift I ever got. Guilt because I'm also conscious that I don't always do the best job of balancing time or being present.
That said, I'm getting better at saying no to stuff that is fun but not a priority.
And with all of that said, it should be abundantly clear that I've got a boat load of work to keep me purposefully, joyously (and often stressfully!) occupied.
As such, I say no to a great deal of opportunities presented. So forgive me if I don't accept a work assignment.
I try my very best to live by the maxim of "If it's not a f*ck yes.... then it's a no." This, as with everything else in my life, is a work in progress.
Dr Dave Nicol
BVMS Cert Mgmt MRCVS