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Archive for February, 2016

March Madness…

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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Hurry Up, Spring!


Is coming!

Not only do I actually get a real, adult spring break to warmer parts this year (at least in part), but also the following is coming up!

1. #STEMPrincess3 launch – it’s almost here! Yay! Don’t forget you can reserve your copy and get it first here.  And go find your crayons!

2. Women & Hi Tech talk – on St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll be talking about Workplace 2020 – something I never really did much when I released Multipationals, but bears some research and scrutiny, now that 2020 isn’t that far away.  Furthermore, with the world of work changing as much as it is, we all need a little more insulation when it comes to career development these days.

3. IN Small Business Expo – I’ll be discussing networking via social meeting for the first time at this event. Tickets are here. My partner in IN social media women & crime (lol) Amy Stark will be there too.

4. The Pharmacy Podcast – bringing a little more on writing to enhance one’s professional presence and career development.  Watch for it on the website.

Bring it.

5 Things I’m Working On

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 6.32.43 AMI’ve been a big fat failure on blog posts of late, simply because I’ve been busy in the real world doing my whirling dervish thing, which includes the following and what I’m working on now:

1. Writing as a vehicle for enhancing leadership.

2. And then, how you best visually display writing projects across multiple years at a poster session/visual carnival (I’m thinking road map, tree or something else visually that represents a body of work.) Obviously I’m still working on this.

3. The Future of Work.  Like the 2020 Workplace, but even more important, the rise of the gig/4th industrial revolution economy.  Like, why is entrepreneurship nearly at an all time low, but freelancing is nearly at an all time high…? What will the gig economy do to the traditional 40 hour work week? Will it totally usurp the notion of “traditional” work weeks in the US?

4. This pile above, as depicted in reality (no actors or stand ins have to portray my pile), sitting on my office desk that I must annihilate today, since it has been accumulating for a couple of weeks now.  I like to pile up all the work in one pile, then just watch it get obliterated as I work through it – can’t think of a more satisfying end to the week than cleaning up several messes all at once.  Besides, this is a shoutout to my former self and MSL days, when I’d travel solid for 2-3 weeks, then return home to master the “pile” of stuff that had been accumulating on my desk.  Nothing more satisfying than the sight of woodgrain at the end of a workday.

5. And, not gonna lie to you, my dear readers – I have spring break brain.  (Watch out for the Seinfeld remix at the bottom – it is explicit!)


Why Should Pharmacists Attend National Meetings?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Multimedia arguments as to why:

1. In print – new and out from Pharmacy Times.

2. In audio – from The Pharmacy Podcast.

This week, I’m working on the NEXT topic I’ll be tackling in multimedia for pharmacists and professionals.

What is it? Stay tuned, sign up on both sites, and find out first…soon!

4 Things to Do with the Closed Walmart Stores

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

All across the land, communities are losing their Walmart stores.  Love them or hate them, they actually did offer more options to consumer.  But now, they’re closing.

So, how could communities take advantage of this?  Here are a few thoughts (and yes, I’m certain there are property, tax abatement and domain issues o’plenty with the ideas I’m about to give, but I’m certain a creative city council and batch of attorneys could figure it out…)

4 Things to Do With the Closed Walmart Stores:

1. Combo startup accelerator/sales floor – Every community is dying for more opportunities to help entrepreneurs.  And, I just read that entrepreneurship is at an all-time low in this country.  So, why not help out the people who are trying to create jobs, by offering them some infrastructure, office space, AND, retail space to sell their goods?  Think of it kind of like a co-op for start ups. Like Etsy meets Studio B.  Or fall back to one of my favorites – Gather, NC.

2. Recycling hub – Kamikatsu, Japan has this one totally covered.  They recycle 34 different types of waste. They also have something called a circle store, where they sell up cycled products.  This weekend, I hit a goodwill outlet store – more for inspiration than anything else.  Buying there (by the pound) was an interesting experience, and one that I argue we need more of in our cities in order to reduce stuff going to landfills.  Why not offer this to a city or community, as a hub for upcycling?

3. Artists’ Studio and Gallery – Think meatpacking district in NY. Or go here. Or here. Or even here.  I’ve never understood why we don’t think of art more as a public good, when dump billions of dollars into stuff like sports instead.

4. Trade School – Combine all of the above with an entrepreneurial educational hub, where you can learn new trades and skills, start a business with some support, and sell your wares.  This could have a makerspace component to it as well, and in partnership with a community college or university, could really be a win-win.  While entrepreneurship is at an all-time low right now, freelancing is at an all-time high.  This also creates a community where aspiring and current entrepreneurs can get together and trade ideas.

That’s it this morning. Four cool ideas on taking advantage of Walmart’s disadvantages.

Using Firefox…in a MS Explorer World

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I picked up The Originals from the library today. Ironic how I post about something, and it arrives.

Anyway, there’s a story on it about using Firefox in a MS Explorer world. Read it.

Also, I’ve been catching up on other podcasts this week – learning about and messing around with Anchor and creating waves, like this one, about what I’m working on this weekend, like the upcoming Women and Hi Tech talk on Workplace 2020:

I’ll leave you with this query: what was the last original idea, and more important, what did you do with it?  It was a gift…so try to do something with it!  My last original idea came to me yesterday, and I wrote it down, and I’m still pondering it.

Merry Weekend!

Introducing…the PAW Fellowship

Thursday, February 18th, 2016


I’ve written this so many times on this blog, my keys are worn out, but one more time: WRITERS. ARE. LEADERS.

That includes in the profession of pharmacy as well.

So, I’m working on creating more strong writers within the profession.

Introducing something we’ve been working on for months now – the Pricing, Academic and Writing (PAW) Fellowship!  This is a 1 year fellowship between Butler University COPHS and Myers and Stauffer, LC.

I don’t know of anywhere else on the planet offering this unique trilogy of skills in pharmacy, like:

1. Learn about the language of drug pricing – MAC, WAC, AAC, FUL, NADAC – there is a dizzying list of acronyms and nomenclature to know.  Everyone has their eyes on drug pricing right now, and in this opportunity, you’ll get to learn even more about it.

2. Academia – if you’ve ever thought about teaching, here’s another reason to apply for this fellowship.  You’ll get to work with moi on coaching/teaching and mentoring,  (and while I’m no expert, we can learn together)! Particularly around…

3. Writing – We’ve got all kinds of cool writing opportunities going on at BOTH sites – this is a place where you can write more and stretch your writing muscles.

Caution: You’ll have to work with me on this.  LOL!  Lawyers love full disclosure.

Ready to apply? Here’s the link.  Good luck!

Creativity and Place

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

After editing all day (both my stuff as well as others’ stuff), I need a break where I can write for a minute. Here it is, at 10 PM (finally)!

In the car on the way to work and home today, I listened to James Altucher’s podcast with Adam Grant about his new book, Originals.  (And no, I haven’t read the book yet, but yes, it has been on order from the library in cue for a while now.)

They discussed a lot of stories from the book, which studies creativity. But one story that caught my attention was on fashion designers and travel.  Apparently, fashion designers who had the most creative and out of the box ideas (as described by the fashion critics) weren’t those who just visited elsewhere from where they originated.  They were designers who worked elsewhere from where they originated.  They had to infuse or indoctrinate themselves into the foreign culture(s) in order to really step out and do something extraordinary.

So, next I’m thinking – am I shaking up my work places enough?

Are you?

Should we?

Do you go to the same place to work 5 days a week?  If so, can you shake that up?  Now, granted, I know some of us have to go where our clients or patients are (and all the messy legal issues like confidentiality, HIPAA, encryption, secure messages, trade secrets, etc.), so the work zone may not be easy to change up on a dime…but for everyone else, can you change it?  For me, I work out of 3 offices right now – work 1 (a cube area at Butler U), work 2 (an office at Myers and Stauffer), and home/work 3 (my second floor at home in my home office).  But even this I’m not sure I’m shaking up enough.

At a large corporation in town where I used to work, the employees no longer have offices. (This was very different when I worked there.) Now, they get a backpack, a locker, and a ton of soft spaces all over campus to choose where they work from, every day.  I don’t think I’ve personally ever worked in a situation without assigned seating, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of it.

This actually has me thinking of conducting an experiment on….myself. But I need to ponder it more.  Thankfully, procrastination is also good for creativity…

Clearly, I need to get my paws on this book.

Pharmacists, Indiana, Pseudoephedrine, and Methamphetamine

Monday, February 15th, 2016

3 bills remain in the state 2016 legislative session in the jurisdiction with the highest number of clandestine lab methamphetamine busts in the US: right here in my backyard, in Indiana.

My friend Abdul-Hakim Shabazz had me on his radio show to discuss the 3 remaining bills and give my personal professional opinions on the 3 remaining bills.

The audio is here.  And these opinions are mine and mine alone – not those of my employers, my companies, or anyone else – just me. Opining.

Regardless of which bill you choose, Indiana legislators, (my personal pick of the remaining litter is HB 1390), pharmacists are getting threatened and held up in record amounts in the community. Whatever bill you pass, please don’t make them go further into harm’s way with pseudoephedrine. We are the most accessible healthcare professionals as pharmacists, but I worry that maybe, in times like these when drug abusers are robbing pharmacies and/or smurfing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine in clandestine labs at home…are we a little too accessible?

15 Classes I’d Like to Take and/or Teach Right Now

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

My valentine to the universe – a list of classes I’d like to take, then teach, right. Now.

1. The Global History of gender and pay disparity – how and why did we get to where we are today with unequal pay?

2. The Jane Austen Mindset – how can we get more girls and women to be independent?

3. Physics for the non-physicist – how can the rest of us understand complicated ideas like the Theory of Relativity?

4. How Art & Design Improve Health & Wellness – how can we use our surroundings to improve and/or maximize our health & wellness in a community?

5. Better Public Health through Social Media – how might we leverage social media for public health good?

6. How to Maximize Makerspaces – what’s next in makerspaces besides collaborative space, coffee and beer?

7. App Ideas to Implementation – take us through how to start and set up an app, from idea to the apple store.

8. Tinder for Writers & Illustrators – for writing and illustrating, please.

9. Periscoping Better – how can we maximize live stream videos, now that all of us can be film directors, real time?

10. The Nonfiction Writer Writing…Fiction – how might those of us with the serious writing transpose over to the light side?

11. How Art Can Be Integrated into Healthcare & Wellness – art can make communities stronger, healthier and more well – but how?

12. Cities 2.0: Designing Wellness – What’s next for city and civic design to make all of us healthier and/or happier?

13. The Future of Work in STEM – As I’ve said repeatedly, 65% of STEM jobs of the future don’t yet exist – so what will they be, and how might we train the next generation to prep for these epic changes?

14. The Future of Cities & STEM – see 12 & 13, mashed together.

15. How to Use & Revitalize Architecture to Re-Design for the Entrepreneurial Mindset in a City – see 12, 13, and 14, along with 4.

Roundup: Innovations in Education

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

I like, every now and then, to peek around and see what other schools are up to in terms of innovative education experiences.  Here’s what I found recently.

1. Gap Year for Boomers – Burned out, boomers? As a fellowship, you too can spend 1 year on Harvard’s campus, taking classes of your choice, and networking with others while working on your own pet projects.  It is spendy, however.  Harvard’s not the only one getting in on the game of the gap year for the burned out – Stanford and several others are mentioned in this article.

2. Harvard’s new Design Engineering Master’s - design + engineering. Brill.

3. MIT’s newer MicroMaster’s Online – This is a type of feeder program that moves online edX rock star performers into an online MicroMaster’s program, then, level 3 is an invite to potential on campus classes.

4. Stanford’s new  joint degree undergraduate program - blends computer science and the humanities.

5. Harvard’s new Ed. L. D. Program – Sounds like they are trying to get the best and brightest into teaching. Too bad we’re way, way way behind on that in the States. It’s time to catch up.

6. Tulane’s Master of Jurisprudence in Labor Law – What I definitely needed more of in law school was labor law. ERISA alone made my head spin. Glad someone is on this.

7. Not using computers in the classroom, even in Silicon Valley – Do computers get in the way of grammar school? Interesting as well that 92% of kids these days dig book-books over ebooks.

8. Project based MOOCs - Coursera is trying project based MOOCs.  Of all, I am most skeptical about this one. Can you really replicate project based learning online?  Hmmm….

9. New master’s in Identity Theft & Fraud?

That’s the coolest stuff thus far…