Value is the Answer #rethinkpharmacy

I have been harping on Value as they gateway to survival in the profession of pharmacy for the past 6 years. I have been teaching my students that if they don’t create value they are likely to become obsolete.  I have been badgering the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education to include value creation […]


How to Turn a Small Start-up in to a Big Business

This is a reprint of an article I originally wrote for the Exclusive Series on It appeared on June 12, 2014. This story is an attempt to explain to entrepreneurs how to avoid the common mistakes that cost many new business owners dearly. ORIGINAL POST The Wine Trip On a particularly lovely spring afternoon, […]

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The Big Three Ideas

Difficult decisions should be broken down into their simplest form. I firmly believe that most people make life way too hard.  Over the years I have learned that simpler is better, faster, easier and much less stressful. Research has shown that trying to cover too much material in a lecture leads to less understanding. Too […]


The Future of Your Profession

The future of professional practice will depend on the independent practice of the professions. By independent I am notspeaking strictly about the traditional independent drug store. I am speaking about each individual pharmacist or healthcare practitioner learning how to independently generate their own successful career. During the next 20 years the industry forces have aligned […]

What are the top three attributes of a pharmacist?

What are the attributes of a pharmacist that cause an employer to want to hire him or her? Throughout the academic experience of earning a doctor of pharmacy degree students are continually challenged to improve their clinical skills. They must learn clinical guidelines, patient assessment, patient monitoring parameters, and basic diagnostic criteria for key diseases. […]

Educate Don’t Sell

Educate Your Customers One of the keys to growing a profitable pharmacy related business is learning how to expand your revenue. It is not always about attracting new customers. Obviously more customers should lead to higher sales. But if you focus all of your attention on finding new customers you will actually be missing the […]

Shameless self-promotion is not a bad thing!

As a Pharmacist do you want to be compared to Paris Hilton? Self-promotion comes in many forms and you can use different tactics to get your name out there. Look at politicians! Talk about self-promotion and in some not so discreet ways, at that. But, seriously, consider some of the major superstars we all know. […]

A business is not a democracy. The ultimate authority for all critical decisions rests with the leadership of the organization. And the ultimate driving  force behind all key decisions must  be to provide value for the stakeholders, or else the business will fail.

Greg L. Alston 2013

I firmly believe it is my responsibility to provide my team with the resources, training and opportunities to succeed in executing the vision and mission of the business. Our success will be measured  by their ability to succeed .


Greg L. Alston 2013

You don’t have to like everyone that you work with but you need  to find a way to work together effectively.  Disrespect towards others is unethical.

Greg L. Alston 2013

It is your obligation to argue passionately and politely for your point of view while a decision is being made.  Once the organization has come to a decision it is your obligation to support that decision with the same passion as if it were your own.  Undermining the policy of the organization is unethical.

Greg L. Alston 2013