"The Successful Man is the One Who Finds Out What Is the Matter with His Business Before His Competitors Do." Roy L. Smith
Pharmacy owners aspiring to greatness should learn to become analytical. Start by analyzing anything and everything in your business. Then, turn those analyses into planning a bigger and better future by setting goals and developing the strategies by which you will get there.
Successful pharmacy owners develop what I call “the innovation factory.” They disrupt the marketplace with innovations to help more and more people in their community to rid themselves of their aches, pains, and other maladies, leading to better health and greater longevity.
Not all that long ago, a new pharmacy located in an average neighborhood, took only two to two in a half years to become profitable. Today, a traditional pharmacy can take several years to see a profit.
As I see it, creating a traditional pharmacy today is like “joining the walking dead”. From my viewpoint, something new is needed in pharmacy thinking. So, you need to ask yourself a very serious and outstanding business question regarding different activities-- especially if you’re filling traditional scripts. Ask yourself “If I were not doing this today, would I commence doing it?” “Is everything I’m doing now, increasing cash flow?” If the answer is a convincing NO, then I seriously suggest that you stop doing it, starting now.
In fact, that question, needs to be asked about all activities taking place in your business, at least once every year without fail.
This sort of analysis and thinking will create new energy for you and that energy, in turn, will cause you to think deeply about your future. You now can create a vision of what you want to do, what you want to become and the legacy you want to leave.
Think, create your vision, create change, develop greater strengths in your organization, then get out of the way of your team and focus on what your job truly is.
A Rational Approach to Problem Solving and Determining Opportunities
Many years ago, I discovered six steps in the process of creating truly rational decisions:
I used them in my stores with substantial results.
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