Category Archives: Pharmacy Students-All

Consider these books for all student pharmacists.

How will you measure your life?


Citation for Book: Christensen CM, Allworth J, Dillon K. How Will You Measure Your Life?. HarperBusiness; 2012

Recommended by:  Kyle Turner,

Star Rating (1-5): 5

Review: How will you gauge the outcomes of your personal and professional life? What will success look like? In his book, How Will You Measure Your Life, Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen discusses how to find answers to these important questions. Using a series of real-life vignettes, Christensen applies the issues of the modern business world to personal and professional life as a means to discover answers to three important questions:

• How can I be sure I find satisfaction in my career?
• How can I be sure my relationships become enduring sources of happiness?
• How can I avoid compromising my integrity – and stay out of jail?

This lecture-turned-text covers subjects such as personal motivation and incentives, intentional planning vs. unexpected opportunity, aligning resources, strategy and values, long term relationship investment, creating a consistent culture, troublesome outsourcing, the impact of small decisions, and more!

Readers will find this book to be insightful, motivating and deeply reflective. Regardless of your personal or professional background, the theories and ideas presented will aid in peeling back the layers of your life and help you determine if your own ship is sailing to your desired destination.

This book belongs on every person’s shelf. Teachers and learners will find it invaluable as they investigate and teach self-awareness, ethics and values, goal setting, career planning and more.


Leave a comment

Filed under Character/Values, Inspirational, Instructor Resources, Pharmacy Students-All

5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead


Citation for Book: Kubicek, J and Cockram, S.  5 Voices:  How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone you Lead.  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley, 2016.

Recommended by:  Alan Spies,

Star Rating (1-5): 5

Review: Leadership is relational.  This book is a simple, powerful tool for improving the quality of relationships.  There are many books that promise to “change your life” or “maximize your capacity” but this book delivers because of its powerful simplicity. The reader can easily apply these proven principles in home and workplace. Jeremie and Steve (the authors) have masterfully created a resource that should be a mandatory read for every person who wishes to communicate and lead more effectively. I know it has humbly changed the way I view my own communication style. Before I read this book, I minimized and often resented the other four voices. Now, I actually seek voices that differ from mine. That is true transformation! If I could give this book 6 stars, I would do it.

1 Comment

Filed under Personal Development, Pharmacy Students-All, Uncategorized

Strengthsfinder 2.0

Rath, T.  Strengthsfinder 2.0.  New York, NY:  Gallup Press, 2007.

Recommended By:  Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 5 (It’s Great)

Review:  This book is perfect for its intended purpose.  It’s an affordable way to access the Strengthsfinder instrument.   In addition to access, it provides 30 brief pages of introduction to a positive psychology approach to focusing on and building our talents.  Students can read this quickly and then use the access number (provided in new copies of the book) to take the online assessment.  We use this with our entire student body and then use Now, Discover Your Strengths and Strengths-Based Leadership with students in leadership electives.  We’ve been using strengths in our pharmacy curriculum since 2002.  An AJPE article provides an overview and an Innovations article provides more details about the levels of learning our students can progress through.  I’d love to hear from folks that are using the Strengthsfinder!


Filed under Personal Development, Pharmacy Graduate Students, Pharmacy Students-All

Our Iceberg Is Melting

Kotter, J.  Rathgerber, H.  Our Iceberg Is Melting:  Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions.  New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

Recommended by: Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 5 (It’s Great)

Review:  We’ve used this book with pharmacists and pharmacy students since 2007.  It’s a fable that illustrates the process of successful organizational change.  It’s readily available at any bookstore/online vendor and it can be read in 1 to 1-1/2 hours.   Any reader can relate to the penguin characters, which we have all experienced (e.g. The Professor, No-No, Buddy).  We can also relate to the anxiety experienced by the colony as their life is about to change dramatically.  Keep in mind that the principles are illustrated; they’ll need to be discussed, reinforced and expanded upon.  But, this book serves as a great introduction.


Filed under Organizational Change/Excellence, Pharmacy Students-All

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Lencioni, P. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing, 2002.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  We’ve used this since 2007 in an elective leadership course.  It leads to good discussion of the factors that influence how functional a team is and the strategies that can be used to help teams to become more functional.  We supplement it with two, two hour workshops where students analyze teams they’ve participated on in relation to the concepts from the book.


Filed under Partners and Teams, Pharmacy Students-All

The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary

Sanborn, M. and Maxwell, J. The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary. New York, NY: Currency, 2004.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 5 (It was great)

Review:  We’ve used this since 2007 as the focus of a leadership retreat.   It uses a story of an exceptional postman to demonstrate how everyone can choose to make a difference regardless of their role.  It provides a great launching point for discussion of non-positional leadership.

1 Comment

Filed under Changing Perceptions/Paradigms, Personal Development, Pharmacy Students-All