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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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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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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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2016 Summer Meeting Experience

Good morning! I hope everyone’s having a good summer so far! Last week, I was able to attend 2016 ASHP Summer Meeting and I would like to take some time to share my experience with you. ASHP Summer Meeting provided a great opportunity for everyone, ranging from straight out of 1...


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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. ...



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How to increase awareness and understanding of the PPMI/PAI among student colleagues

Just as we’ve all heard, if isn’t broke, don’t fix it . At the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, my SSHP chapter takes great pride in the annual ASHP Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) video competition. Being a previous winner of the prestigious national award ourselves, we...