Back to school, back to school! I don’t know about you but this week my feed has been FLOODED with back to school pictures. Honestly love this time of year. It’s a much-needed shift out of summer. Fresh starts. New pencil crayons. New indoor shoes. Ah! Glorious!
I’m a life-long student. There are so many different things I want to learn about so I never spend more than a year or two before I hit the books once again. Undergraduate degree in pharmacy – residency in pharmacy – work – doctorate in pharmacy – work. And now – I’m in the Pharmacy Leadership Academy.
This is a yearlong program that focuses on leadership and the business. The course began in July so I just wrapped up the first course - all about leadership. I thought I would share here the key points I took away from each course. If you are a leader or a pharmacist (or both!) you can get an inside track to what I am learning.
I’ve completely revamped how I manage my inbox and I am psyched! (#nerdalert) Previously I was using my inbox more like a ‘To – Do List.’ Leaving emails to linger until days, weeks, months later when I was able to address them. No more. Now, when I receive an email, it gets dealt with 1 of 3 ways: work it out asap and remove OR file in a folder titled “follow up” or “hold.” Emails in “follow up” require something from me and those in “hold” are waiting for a response. So much better!
Anyone else here a wee bit controlling? (Can I get a hell yes?!) I’ve attempted delegating in the past but it just always fell flat. Never really worked out. In the last few weeks I’ve been able to identify why. When you’re delegating, you need to provide clear and detailed instructions up front. Outline what you would do (step by step) and highlight any areas of friction which may cause problems for the person you are delegating. Once a task is delegated – follow up!
Prevent Burn Out
Professional burn out has long been on my mind. We know from research that certain traits predispose a clinician to burn out: female, young, ambitious. Sound familiar? A female pharmacy leader shared “know you always give 120% and when you need to pull back from work to recharge your batteries, feel good about doing that.” To give your full ability, you absolutely need to step back and recharge. I’m starting to build this protected time into my schedule. I’m not going to feel guilty about the rest periods because they are required.