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Archive for December, 2015

Leaders are Writers: But Show Me the Evidence

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

I’m working on another project today – that has me defending the argument (or belief, in my personal opinion) that writers are leaders.

I think we can all pretty much agree on this one – in that I do think most leaders of many professions are also prolific writers.  If you never thought about it before – take a meander with me around the academic publishing and writing block for a few sentences. Those who write textbooks? Professors who also write prolifically.  They tend to be throughout the professional literature within that field they chose to “profess.”

However, when I look into the literature on studies demonstrating that prolific writers are also leaders of a profession, I’m not getting a lot of hard core data around this idea.  There’s a bunch of anecdotal stuff – blog posts, tweets, informal writing.  But I’m not seeing much that is more rigorous.

If you’re a professional – where is the evidence in YOUR profession that the writers in your profession are also the leaders of that profession?  Help a girl out here.  I’m not seeing a ton of this in pharmacy…or law.  (But law you pretty much have to write, whereas in pharmacy it’s a little less frequent.

Maybe I’m off base here.  But I’m just not seeing much evidence.  Maybe because that’s a “duh,” or maybe it was studied hundreds of years ago.  Not sure.  But if you have something harder core, by all means, share with the class…

Just For You

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

My 2015 holiday card.  As much as I love hand-written notes at the end of the year (and really any time of the year), I didn’t get it done this year.  Just an e thanks to you all for your support of all my craziness…I wish you and your families the absolute best in 2016.  Cheers!

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On Goals

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Yesterday, I realized that I finally met a goal I had been working on for years.  YEARS!

A year or so ago, the goal was almost achieved, but not in a form I wanted – so I had to get a little more specific with the universe.

This time, goal achieved, in a form I preferred.

The goal doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I never gave up on the goal.  Even on days when I thought it just wasn’t going to happen.  I had to keep refining the goal to get clear on what I wanted.

Of course, setting a goal and kicking back does not make it happen. The universe will fetch, but that doesn’t exempt us from hard work around it.  We still have to clock in and do our work to achieve the goal. Intention is not a free pass, just a channel.

This week, I mapped out all the cool stuff I did in 2015, in an effort to see what I should focus on for 2016.  (A kind of mind map for annual goals.)  I’m not fully done with this exercise just yet.  But, my point of this post is to set some goals for yourself.  Do the universe and yourself a favor and set them.  Be clear about them (as clear as you can, anyway).  Then, dig in and work hard.

That’s it.

Top Big Fat Failures of 2015

Monday, December 14th, 2015

I could easily pull of a top 100 failures of 2015, but I’ll try to boil it down to my top of the list.  And, as an aside, before I begin my parade of big fat failures, let me just remind us all that if we aren’t failing a lot, then we’re not trying enough new things.  Constant wins is failure in and of itself, because it means that you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.  And, even though at the time you lost out, that just means that the universe is just making room to bring you something even better in the future.

Now, fall in for the failure!

1. Didn’t get a job I really wanted – It was 4Q14/1Q15 I was proposing a very unusual gig that involved my current day job, and I just couldn’t make it work.  But, it worked out well, because I got an even better gig 3Q15!  Guess the experiment in Q1 was testing grounds for the win in Q3.  (I’ve noticed that the universe gives me a lot of training ground these days to fail my way to something good…)

2. Didn’t get into 2 leadership programs I applied to – Which cleared the way for me to try an even broader leadership program with different professionals from around the world in it via altMBA! The other leadership program I’ve applied to now several times.  They keep on rejecting me – but that’s cool.  It’s just not my time.  But – I make them do the work and review my application. Every. Time!

3. Didn’t reach my goal on #STEMPrincess2 for presales – Not to mention, didn’t get this book done as quickly as I wanted to either.  But, I lived and learned.  If nothing else, I remember now the differences between a closed and parallel circuit – and I’m no engineer or electrician!  Besides, the hardest book to write and the hardest to sell is usually the 2nd in a series of 3..it’s my personal Empire Strikes Back…and I’m already working on #STEMPrincess3, so, I’m doing my best and moving forward.

4. Didn’t reach my publishing book goals for the year – I really, really wanted this to be the year I cracked 4 book titles.  While I published two, I didn’t get anywhere near books 3 and 4.  One of the 4 was an update, and one of the 4 was a brand new book that is screaming for me to write. (Seriously – it’s in the back of my head, screaming at me.  It’s starting to get annoying.)  I’m not sure trying for this goal is in the cards for me in 2016 due to some other stuff coming my way, but 50% of goal attainment on book publishing isn’t horrible for 2015.  I’ll take it.

5. Exercise/health goals – wanted to exercise 30 minutes each night after the nightly news and get in 10K steps each day, 5 days a week and eliminate sugar.  Oh yeah, and eliminate wine. Three words come to mind on describing the outcome of this goal:

EPIC. FAIL. HERE.  I may need to seek professional help on this goal for 2016.

6. Contemplation of a new certification – that was semi-associated with #1 above.  So, while I explored the organization that owns the certificates and learned a lot that I can apply to my other jobs, I did not go for the certification.

7. Travel goal failure – wanted to get to Vienna or the Amalfi Coast this year. Neither happened.  I did get to Canada and am going to Ireland, however.  I haven’t yet determined where I’d like to travel internationally next year.  International flights are pricey, and there’s a lot of unrest right now in the world.

Like I said, I could go on and on here.  But I’m not going to.  Instead, I’m going to chalk all this up to trying and learning from mistakes.  Maybe my timing was off.  Maybe it just wasn’t what the universe thought I needed.  Whatevs.

I show you my failures to inspire you, my fab 13, to just keep trying.  Just keep doing out there, people. Keep failing.  Because that’s the only way we’re going to learn and grow, and that’s the only way we’re going to figure out how to leave this planet better than when we found it…

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Before I hit my big fat failures for 2015 (and trust me, there’s ample material to write about in that post), I thought I’d check analytics to figure out what the top 10 posts of this tiny little blog were for 2015.  (I also did this with my top 6 posts over at LinkedIn.)  The following posts my mom dug, with a few other people out there in the internet ether.  Ready for the high traffic season?

Go!

10.  Pharmacy Stuff - I’m guessing the list of pharmacist and healthcare certifications was a hit on this post.

9.  Crowdfunding 101 – It was fun to put together an all-woman Crowdfunding 101 panel in 2015, and I’m glad this post and program helped a few raise their own funds for projects that can change the world.

8.  Who’s at the Helm in Healthcare? – I’m glad this one made the top 10.  Anyone who looks at this list in charge of diversity at these companies should frankly be embarrassed.  Gotta fix this, people!

7.  Sock-knocking letters of reference - How to get them.  Although, the older I get, the less I get the “how to get a job” stuff.  I’m not sure the “traditional” ways work anymore.  So, take this post with a grain of salt…

6. STEMPrincess2 is Finally in the House - A lot happened this year, and this book took longer than I wanted to get done, but it’s done, and I’m now on to #STEMPrincess3, and I won’t stop until we get 50/50 women/men  in more STEM professions.  Thanks to all who pre-purchased this book and had my back during its production.

5.  The Most Important Trait Not on the Syllabus to Learn – I was surprised by this being a popular post.  But, I’m glad someone is reading it.  The trait is super important, and sadly missing in college curricula.

4. Why I broke up with Facebook – Surprisingly, this post got a lot of hits.  I was bad about leaving the faceplace this year, (mainly because I’m still there), but I just read research this week that stated that if you leave the faceplace, you’re actually happier.  Jack the cat may be posting on my pages in 2016…stay tuned…

3.  Which Professions Are Better for Multipationals?  So, I managed to squeak out two books this year – STEMPrincess2, and the adult book on the changing world of work, Multipationals.  In this post, I shared an infographic on professions that work better for having multiple gigs.  By 2020, 40% or more of the workforce is going 1099 instead of W2.  Seriously, folks, work is about to get a lot more complicated in this country, and I was thrilled to study it and share it with the universe.

2.  National Pharmacy Meetings Second Half 2015 - Subsequent to tracking the national pharmacy meetings, a lot of my pharmacy friends were thankful such a list now exists.  Me too, I must say, because it was getting difficult to track all of them.  Pharmacy has become pretty niche and complex, so making things a little simpler can be helpful.  (BTW, the 2016 list is here.)

1.  55 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists - This, far and away, was my #1 post with the most traffic this year.  And, while in the past I chose not to write too much about pharmacy, I’m getting the signal from the universe that I probably need to communicate more about my first profession.  Don’t worry, peeps – I think I’ve got that covered in 2016 – but more on that in 2016!

A lot of pharmacy stuff in here.  And a lot of book stuff.  Sometimes, it’s good to know someone other than your mom is actually reading your blog.  And if it helps others – EVEN. BETTER!

The #STEMPrincess 2-Book Bundle

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 1.35.39 PMThis morning, I cranked out orders for the STEM books and even drew up a model of #STEMPrincess3.  (Lord help us, I cannot draw.)

A few people have asked now – so here it is!

Q: Where or how or can I buy the 2-book #STEMPrincess bundle?

A: YES!  The 2-book bundle is at this link in the Square store.  But, you might want to hurry, because I have a handful of the first books left!

Unfortunately, the Dakota doll doesn’t come with this bundle.  I’m still working out how to get the cost down of the dolls. (Yes, I know this series would be even cooler with dolls–agreed!)

But the world can’t handle the awesomeness of an entire book series AND 20 dolls ready to go in STEM, can it?

I can’t wait to find out one of these days…

Why I’m No Longer Selling Physical Books On Amazon

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

2Chloe2headI’ve had a lot of questions about #STEMPrincess2, now that it’s out.  One of them is, “Why isn’t the book-book available on Amazon.com?”

Answer: because Amazon takes 60% off retail with the publishers, immediately.  That, for me, after I add up all the production costs and illustration costs of my books, is BELOW my own COST in producing the book.

While I love helping the universe get smarter about STEM, I am not a bajillion dollar philanthropist who can give away her goods.  (At least not yet, anyway.)  I have to keep my eyes on costs, so I can continue to build this series of books and not run a loss on them.

So, here’s my challenge to you, my fab 13: The next time you’re trying to shop small or local, do all of us who dare to create stuff an epic favor: see if you can buy it directly from the seller, rather than going through monster retailers like Amazon.  I’m personally using Square Store to directly sell a few of my newer books now, including the STEM Princess series.  The big retailers are crushing us little guys, and you may not even realize it.

That is, until now!

My First AJPE Co-Written Article

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

After a not-so-great-day, thought I’d share some better news.

I had my first co-written publication out today in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE)! Woot! Always a crowd pleaser with the academic pharmacy peeps.

As you know, I like to write books, but I haven’t done a ton of peer reviewed articles.  Have one now!

(And seriously, if you are into experiential education in pharmacy, you might want to read it – there are some really good ideas in it!)

STEMPrincess2: Finally in the House!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Drumroll, please….

Announcing the second book in the #STEMPrincess series – The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK ALPHA!

The only place on the planet you can get a limited edition hardcopy is here.  Once the print version is gone, it’s gone.

  • BTW, if you were awesome enough to purchase the second book in advance, your books are on the way AND you have an exclusive to what’s happening with #STEMPrincess3 already!

Ebook versions are available at eBookit.com: here.

And of course the Kindle version is available over at Amazon.

Last but not least, the press release!

STEM* Professor Creates Children’s Book Series to Introduce Girls to STEM Careers from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD

A Special New List for 2016 & Beyond: Women’s Leadership Programs

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Everywhere I look, all I keep seeing is “pay gap,” “gender inequality” and that women still aren’t recognized for their contributions in the workplace equally to men.  We keep passing more and more legislation to call for equal pay for equal work, but clearly it’s not working, because we’re still not at parity.

So, at this point, I can either:

a. sit around and whine about it, or I can
b. channel the energy in a positive direction.

I’m choosing b. for 2016.

I’ve started a Google Sheet of Women’s Leadership Programs.  They may apply to either gender in some cases, or just focus on women in others.  I really don’t care about who they target.  What I DO care about, and why I’ve created this list is to help women get more leadership training, so we ultimately CAN lead organizations, and CAN BE PAID AND RECOGNIZED equally for our contribution to the global economy.

If you’re reading this and know of a fabulous leadership training program that needs to be on this list, send it to me – tweet me @ErinLAlbert with the link, and I’ll add it.