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You Can’t Handle the Truth (Leading in the Post-Truth Era)

​Jack Nicolson’s (or Col Jessup’s) classic line in the movie A Few Good Men provides insights into leadership. In the movie, Tom Cruise (Lieutenant Kaffee) presses Col Jessup during testimony indicating he wants the “the truth” and his angry reply dismisses Lieutenant Kaffee’s request. The story...

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Recommended Reading - The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t

Preamble I originally wrote this post in 2010, but was concerned the title might offend some so it was never posted. In my last blog posting, I discussed the dangers of confusing confidence with competence . As I observe many current “leaders” in various industries and in our various...

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compounding law changes announced by IACP

I recently acquired a copy of a press announcement from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists announcing changes to (clarifications of) the Drug Quality and Security Act Title I (Compounding Quality Act). Specifically they announced (direct quote): Draft a new memorandum...


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Confidence Vs. Competence - Are We Selecting the Best Leaders?

Among the various news feeds and social media posts I saw during last week’s #IWD2017 there were a couple that offered some unique points that I thought I would highlight in this month’s blog. Both authors offered perspectives on how we approach the hiring the right leaders and...

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Four Things You Should Be Doing To Secure Your Next Promotion

At a recent happy hour, a young colleague described a situation where several staff in her area did their jobs well but were not being promoted. This led to a very interesting discussion among several of us more “senior” folks at the table and a few of our younger colleagues. I...

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Value-Based-Pricing: But Value to Whom?

The national debate over escalating drug costs continues to be front page news with no end in sight. New “specialty” drugs increasingly have per patient costs in the tens of thousands of dollars for a course of therapy. But it’s not just new therapies that have seen escalating...

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Kudos to BPS and CCGP – A Major Step Forward

Today the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) issued a press release announcing announcing that the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential will move under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications. Kudos to those...


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Interviewing with a Purpose

I recently read a good piece on interviewing by Jim Schleckser , CEO, the Inc. CEO Project. In this essay he describes asking candidates "If I was to hire you, how would I know if you were doing a good job?" He goes on to describe how weak candidates will talk in generalities and offer...

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Credentialing and Privileging 101: A Primer for New Practitioners

As our healthcare system becomes increasingly focused on quality and safety, establishing a process to ensure the competence and capabilities of health care professionals, including pharmacists, is becoming increasingly important. This process is known as credentialing and privileging. ...