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3 Prescriptions for a Community Pharmacist

Posted by Benjamin Coakley on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

If you are just getting started...

If you are just getting started as an independent community pharmacist, it is essential to remember to ask for help. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day challenges of a new business and try to do everything on your own. But, if you take the time to ask for help, your business will benefit from the wisdom and support of others. Remember, you are independent but you’re not alone.

Managing for success...

Independent community pharmacists earn a very high level of trust from their customers and deserve the same commitment from their advisors. Good advisor relationships can’t be rushed into, and do not remain static once started. Top quality people who take responsibility for their contribution to your business are worth their weight in gold, so it is up to you to provide ongoing leadership and accountability.

To begin, make sure you have clear, written goals for your personal and business future. If you continuously review your goals as progress is made, your team will see how they make the most impact and you will constantly focus on what matters most.

Taking care of #1...

As you meet the hectic pace and shifting demands of owning an independent community pharmacy, it is easy to forget there is life beyond business. But, this can cause you to lose sight of why you are in business and may lead to a poorer, less fulfilling future. Therefore, it is essential to take time to plan for and participate in other areas of your life. Start by acknowledging the roles you play. You are not only a community pharmacist; you are a spouse, parent, community leader, and you have your own personal passions and goals.  Now go further; clearly define your goals and share them with people who matter the most and can help you attain them. Just imagine if all the important facets of your life were organized as well as the prescription drugs in your business. Unless you develop your own life plan, you will be like the pilot who radios the control tower to say, “I’m lost but I’m making great time!”

These are all outstanding tips no matter where you are in the Community Pharmacist Lifecycle.  Identifying where you are and creating a game plan to achieve your long term success will allow you enjoy a more fruitful life after pharmacy.

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Topics: community pharmacist, business, written goals