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Archive for May, 2015

How to Be 100% You

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 9.37.47 AMToday, I’m speaking at a STEM and women panel at IUPUI….I’m certain it will be fun and I’ll learn a lot.

They sent us questions to think about prior to the panel lunch discussion today.  I’ve been noodling on them.  One was the following:

“How do you maintain or become your authentic self?”

I think this is the hardest question in the stack.  And I’ve been pondering it, and will continue to do so.  Here are my initial thoughts on this:

1. Listen to your gut – Oprah calls this a whisper at first, then a brick over the head if you continue to ignore it.  This is also something I’ve gotten better at doing over time, but earlier in my life, not so much.  You get pressure all the time from outside forces to be something.  To be better.  To be perfect.  And, I recently read that the more competent you are at work, the more work expects of you – it’s like a hedonic treadmill.

So, ignore all that outside garbage, and listen to your gut.  The answers aren’t out there.  They’re inside you.

2. Watch and learn how other people overcame the struggle – Note I’m not saying copy what others did exactly to overcome their struggles.  Instead, check out their approach to overcoming their struggles.  Do you see commonalities?  Do you see patterns?  If you can, can you apply those patterns to your own struggles to overcome them and become 100% you?

3. Pick your battles – You’re not always going to win in life.  Know when it is time to lay down the sword.  Also, it’s great to know when you really do need to pick that sword up and slay some dragons.  It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission at times too.  I’m not saying go out and be reckless and d*mn the torpedoes, but I am saying you need to know when it’s time to fight, or flight.

4. Pick yourself – Nothing drives me crazier than leadership programs that make you seek permission from someone else to be “selected” to join.  I actually am starting to move away from them at this point in my life, because I’m going to go ahead and choose myself.  I’ll choose the programs that best fit me, and I’m going to stop seeking permission from others to select what I should and shouldn’t do, especially in terms of my career and life skills development.  Seth Godin is big on this.  (Still pumped about #altMBA too.)

5. Find support – Birds of a feather really do flock together.  If you’re thinking that you are firmly passionate about birds, for example, find some other ornithologists to hang out with, study, and share information.  (Why I chose that example, I know not.)  But hopefully you get the point.  Once you’ve found one of your passions, that’s really part of who your authentic self is – so get around others that share your passion.  That just brings more of the authentic you.

6. Realize this is a life-long process – I’m happy and sad to report that you’ll never be done with discovering the 100% most authentic amazing version of yourself that you can be.  It’s not something you check off your to-do list.  It’s a life-long process, and one that is a journey of discovery.  You never get off the map.  I just try and check in with my gut from #1 above every now and then to ensure I’m still in the right section of the map.

There.  I think that’s the best I’ve got around this very hard question.  And hey, I’m still trying to figure out what 100% Erin Albert looks like.  Maybe I’ll get it figured out one of these days….

 

For the Haters, Naysayers and People Who Have Told Me No

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Dear

  • haters
  • negative Nellies
  • people who have said, “You can’t do that,”
  • people who have told me no
  • persons who rejected me and/or my ideas
  • and naysayers,

I just wanted to take a minute and say…thank you.

Thank you for being negative, telling me no, rejecting me and/or my ideas thus far.

Why?

Because without you, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.  And where I am right now is pretty good.

Without you, I wouldn’t be looking at a stack of really cool books to read for a new class I’m taking.  But for your rejection, I’ve ended up in a delightful spot in life–doing work that matters, that makes a difference, and that helps mold and shape future creative, flexible minds.  And your hate just makes me work harder, with more passion and purpose.

I know this idea of love back may be foreign to you, but regardless…much love.

Sincerely,

Erin

Which Professions are Better for Multipationals?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

MultipationalsInfographic5_26_15First off, epic thanks to @WFYI’s show, No Limits today for having me on for an hour about Multipationals.  If you missed it, here’s the recap podcast.

The show’s host, John Krull, asked me an interesting question today.  Are there certain occupations that lend better to multipationalism?  (And just as a refresher, a multipational is one who has multiple career streams going at the same time.)

What I can tell you is what most of the multipationals were in the book.  That was the professions listed in the infographic: law, entrepreneurship, academia, healthcare, non profits, military, politics, and the arts.  But the more I think about it, the less I see limits.  I’m quite sure that if you wiggle it right, just about any profession can become multipational.

Of course, one should read their anchor or full time day job employer’s contract.  Are there limits there – like no moonlighting?  Non-competes? First, I hope you already know what your contractual limits are, since you read your employer’s agreement when you signed it (of course regular readers of this blog did that – but just in case…).  Some industries are pretty rabid about non-competes and no moonlighting.  But, even if you have a non-compete, can you work in a totally different arena than your full time day job, as long as it isn’t in the same line of work?

If you didn’t sign something that limits you working outside of the “anchor” day job, what’s holding you back?

Another really important item to consider: are you making yourself available to the universe?  What I mean by that is, are you building your social capital and putting yourself out there, that you in fact WANT to do multiple things with your career?  Example for me: writing.  I’m open to new writing gigs, and I do put myself out there to offer up articles and series of articles about topics that I think are important to me, but also important to the journal or magazine or even book I’m targeting.

Many of the multipationals in the book mentioned that they never really formally “applied” for a job – in some cases, ever.  They just kind of fell into them.  But I don’t think it was falling, as much as it was putting one’s self out into the ether and being open to new opportunities.

So…baby steps.  If you’re just in one anchor day job but think you might want to create a multipational (even bi-pational) career for yourself–start with these two small items: 1. Check the contract with your day job and 2. Then put yourself out into the universe, network, and tell people you’re open to add-on projects and gigs.

You never know – you may be shaking off all the opportunities coming at you with a stick!

 

Top 10 Free Resources for Pharmacists

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Let’s face it – the pharmaceutical and biotech industries move way too fast for books to keep up anymore.  So, as a pharmacist, who do I follow in the industry for up to date cutting-edge info?  Better yet, what resources do I follow that are…free?  Here’s my top 10 list!

Top Ten (Free) Pharmacy Resources

1. Pharmacy Times – FULL DISCLOSURE: I write for them.  But that aside, this is a great resource that hits my twitter feed early and often about what’s happening with drug trends all over the country.  They also have good career advice (through their other pub, Pharmacy Careers). They are also experimenting with video updates – which, I dig!

2. Pharmacy Podcast – Once again, DISCLOSURE – I’ve been on the show.  But, I’ve learned by listening to this (now in my car, thanks to Stitcher) about really cutting edge trends in the business of pharmacy.  HIMSS15 and legislative/case law updates in pharmacy are just two items I recently learned more about through this podcast.

3. MPR – My favorite bits about MPR are the new quick drug updates–prescription and over-the-counter (OTC).  They do they best job of getting new drugs on my radar screen.

4. Eye on FDA – I don’t have time to follow all of the federal government’s stuff on the pharma/biotech industries – but this blog does on the big, important stuff.

5. ASPL – DISCLOSURE: I’m a member.  The American Society for Pharmacy Law has a great frequent newsletter on major case law around the country by subject matter, a list of other pharmacy law educators across the US, and a pharmacy case law compendium.  I can’t get most of this anywhere else!  AND–their annual meeting allows double credit of CE/CLE for pharmacist-attorneys!  Awesome.

6. Drug Topics – DISCLOSURE – I’ve written for them.  They are also good with a frequent email to my inbox, and are good at poking the box of controversial topics in pharmacy practice (and trust me, there are a LOT of controversial topics in pharmacy practice these days…).

7. 2015 List of pharmacy meetings – DISCLOSURE: I curated this list.  I couldn’t really find one central place to look at pharmacy meetings all over the US for the year so I could plan out which meetings I’d be targeting/attending or speaking at…so I curated one.  I also shared it with the universe – what have I missed?

8. List of pharmacist and healthcare certifications – DISCLOSURE – another home-grown list.  I started noticing odd/unique nomenclature around a lot of pharmacists on LinkedIn, so I started looking in to certifications.  There are a TON of them, even beyond BPS’s certifications.  I’ve also been personally interested in learning more about coaching.  Read away and go niche if you’d like!  Better yet – if I missed any, please tell me!

9. Drug Channels – probably one of my favorites for specialty pharmacy.  And, if you don’t already know, specialty pharmacy is the area of pharmacy with the fastest, most explosive growth presently.  Of course, there’s Armada’s annual meeting that focuses on specialty pharmacy too.

10. Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) – This is probably my favorite site to recommend for students in pharmacy school who want to head into industry after graduation.  And, they have FellowMatch, which is like ASHP’s residency Match, but this one is focused on industry and academic fellowships in pharmacy. (And DISCLAIMER: I’ve interviewed and written about this service.)

There are several, if not hundreds, even thousands of blogs/websites/magazines/podcasts/radio/video resources for pharmacy & pharmacy law.  But these are a few of my favorites.  As I said before, pharmacy is changing so fast, print books are out of date before they hit Amazon.  So, in fast moving industries like pharmacy, it’s imperative to stay up to date on information.

What is your favorite free healthcare or pharmacy resource, if you’re in pharmacy?  Let me know!

 

Writing Samples – Erin L. Albert

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

So, to all 12 of you who are regulars of this blog and website – you’ll notice something missing.  This weekend, along with other janitorial (like finally selling a couple of my books direct to the awesome fan masses in Pharm’s Square Store – like STEM Princess 1, STEM Princess 2 presales, and 46 Doses in hard copy formats), I also removed the “other” page that resided on this blog/website.

Why?  Well – it was just too…busy.  Too much stuff there.

Instead, I’m going to post it in this post, so I can point my friends and fans to this page for writing and speaking samples, OTHER than the books. Ready?

Articles/Letter to Editor/Blog Posts:

Podcasts/Audio Interviews:

Websites:

Want to Preorder #STEMPrincess2? Here’s How!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Pssst.  Over here.

Wanna snag your copy of #STEMPrincess2 before anyone else?

I’m soft launching the preorder of #STEMP2 through Pharm’s Square Store: online.

Disclaimer: THESE ARE PRESALES ONLY.  They won’t be shipped until beginning of 4Q15.  But – those who know me also know that I deliver on my promises…so if you want to help get this series going in the ether and help girls giddy up on STEM, now would be the time to reserve your new copy or copies!

The Origin of Erin

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I knew there was another reason I liked Abdul Hakim Shabazz: we share a birthday weekend!  So, when I saw his post on the origin of Abdul today, I thought – what the hay?  Why not talk a little about the origin of Erin, since it is my birthday weekend too?

That and, the new vacuum cleaner of time tool out – the name calculator (to plug in your first name, and see how many people living and dead share your name, and when it was most popular) – all this demonstrated in graphic form, yet again, who I am.

What the name calculator says about my name is also true of me: I was and am generally ahead of my time.

My name popularity didn’t peak until almost two decades after I was named.  Growing up in small town Indiana with 2 parents who instilled in me to get things done, I was the annoying kid who turned in my homework first, usually (not because I was a gunner seeking an A, but because I have always had the need to just get things done, as quickly and efficiently as possible).  I’d take a B and be the first done any day over the A and going until the last minute to wrap things up.

The ideas I put out are usually ahead of their time too, and thus I have to compound them with the annoying, yet useful habit of persistence over my life as well.  Hard work, reading, writing and hustling were all gifts that my parents gave me during my younger years.  And, those traits coupled with a love of trying new things–like music, debate, theater, editing, more writing–I think led me to the path I’m on today.

Often I’m asked why or how as a first generation college graduate in my family did I choose a STEM profession, since I’m a girl and deck was technically stacked against me (and unfortunately is STILL stacked against girls today).  I think it was a combination of factors, but not necessarily at first a love of science.  Instead, it was the factors above–reading, being curious, trying new things, being persistent, putting out new ideas–that led me to STEM.  Not the subject matter itself.  It was the behaviors and habits that STEM professionals have that interested me in STEM.

Last thing about me (then I’m going to shut up and quit writing about myself): some people like to call me a professional student.  I’ve been to formal ed a few times now, and informal ed at least annually, if not more often.  But here’s my thoughts on this: we are ALL required to be life long learners now.  That makes us responsible humans–because education can lead us to creating a better world.  And if you have to invest some $$$ to make that happen for yourself, it’s rarely NOT a good investment.  I’m not saying that you should drown in 6 figures of debt to go back to grad school, either…but what I’m stating instead is: make the universe your classroom and teacher.  Be curious.  Connect. Ask questions. And think for yourself.

That’s enough on the origin of e.  Happy #Forever29th birthday to me!  And if you share a birthday weekend with me, happy birthday….and give yourself the best gift of all: a 100% authentic version of yourself.  As I’ve said before and will say again right here, right now: the best form of success is to be the most authentic version of you – and don’t water down, silence or hose the awesomeness that is in you for anyone just to make others feel better.

 

The Next Level: #altMBA

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

For some strange reason a week or so ago, I stopped by a blog that I don’t often go to regularly: Seth Godin’s.  For those of you who don’t know Seth (I’ve never met him, but always admired his work around book publishing and marketing, and reference him frequently inside and outside the classroom), he’s a big non-fiction business writer.  Epic level. Defcon 1 level.  His Icarus Deception crowdfunding campaign inspired me to try crowdfunding for the #STEMPrincess series.

Anyway, the day I went to his blog, he had this posting, on his new experiment, #altMBA. And, even though I have a MBA and the fortune of other formal education, I got the sense that this course didn’t have much to do with traditional education.  (Fine by me!)  Of course, getting that hinky, woo woo feeling as I read the post, I immediately applied to the program–thinking of course I didn’t have a shot in Hades competing with others from around the world–but I was going to play with the universe and apply.

Yesterday, during a flurry of slides at work (oh, and I found out BTW Google has group slides now – yay!), I received the golden ticket email that I was in for the inaugural class of 100 starting in mid-June. DOUBLE YAY! Made. My. Day.  And yes, even though my summer is already busy with meetings, papers and talks, I’m going to make room for this opportunity, as it may be a once in a lifetime thing.  A new neighborhood and subdivision, with 1,000 new doors and windows to be opened and explored.

Everyone has been asking post bar exam and law school what’s “magically next” for me, and I’m hopeful that this program might give me a few more clues on what “the next level” might be for e.  Stay tuned–I’ll keep you posted.

Fingers crossed!

National Pharmacy Meetings for Second Half of 2015

Monday, May 11th, 2015

During my day off, I’m ironically trying to figure out what meetings I’m attending for pharmacy for the rest of the year.

So, I thought I’d suss them all out and share the google sheet again.  It should be embedded below.  I also stuck the updated version on Slideshare.

Enjoy your pharmacy meeting planning!  And let me know if I left anything major out…thanks!

Pharmacists: Off-The-Beaten-Career-Paths

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

mpI get quite a few requests to help coach others about their career paths, particularly pharmacists and STEM professionals. As I traded email with someone this weekend about my career coaching service, I was reminded to go back and recall which books are about career development.  So, I thought it was worth a post to share all these, as I think they are great places to start when shopping for a one-of-a-kind off-the-beaten-career-path. (All these are on the Amazon Author page).  Oh – and thanks to Pharmacy Podcast for letting me talk this blog out on the Podcast radiowaves too!

1. The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide – A classic for MDs, PharmDs and PhDs who want to enter the pharma/biotech environment, but love autonomy and science.  There’s the first book-book edition, and the second e-book edition.

2. The Life Science Lawyer - If any healthcare professional comes to me about law school, this is my must-read for them.  I also of course recommend Law School: A Few Short and Plain Statements as well…

3. The New Pharmacist: 46 Doses of Advice – This is more for younger pros in pharmacy, but I do end the book with dual degree/grad school options.  For the uber young, there’s #STEMPrincess.

4. Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. – One of the fastest growing demographics in entrepreneurship, and the only place where women beat men in starting businesses, this is for the 60%+ of women who are now in pharmacy–and other professions.

5. Plan C: The Full-Time Employee and Part-Time Entrepreneur – One of THE smartest options for pharmacists who have the entrepreneurial itch, but don’t want to fight the 65,000 pound gorillas in healthcare (PBMs, Wholesalers, etc.) by starting their own pharmacy.  I’m here to tell you that you can work as a pharmacist for someone else AND have your very own thing on the side part time!  This book is full of people doing just that.

6. Multipationals – I talk about one of the most creative avenues I’ve found thus far for pharmacists in this book.  I even experimented with my own career using the model.  What IS the model?  Guess you’ll have to read the book to figure that out.

There.  For all the pharmacists who keep on asking me, “Is this all there is?” – I offer you these 6+ books.  And while creating custom ANYTHING is hard (including a career) it’s way more rewarding than just treading water, creating nothing, and waiting for everyone else to hand cool stuff to you to do.  (Hint: you could be waiting for a while…)