JUST LIKE JESUS REJECTED JOHN THE BAPTIST STRATEGY, YOUNG NIGERIAN PHARMACISTS MUST REJECT THE STRATEGIES OF THEIR OLDER COLLEAGUES


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When John the baptist started his ministry, he was a radical. He did not care whom he was talking to. Diplomacy was not part of his game plan and that Landed him in prison. He was however happy that he had anointed Jesus and thus was expecting Jesus to continue where he left off.

John was disappointed that Jesus was not towing his radical approach. He sent his disciple to ask Jesus if he really was the one they were waiting for or if they should wait for another radical like John. Because John saw the result his method was getting, he felt Jesus ought to do things his own way. It did not occur to john that his method landed him in prison and thus took him out of circulation.

 

John was disappointed with Jesus but Jesus immediately showed the disciples of John the better result Jesus’ method was generating.

Most old school pharmacists have been practicing strictly with their clinical knowledge. They have been practicing by sitting in their office and allowing their sales people to attend to patients. They have been practicing that way for long that they expect the younger pharmacists to tow their own line and method of practice.

They are thus very disappointed when young pharmacists want to become rich from their own practice. They see it as reducing their status for the younger pharmacists now to attend to all customers by themselves.  They are disappointed when younger pharmacists employ none pharmacists to manage their operation while the pharmacists report to the non pharmacists.

But the young pharmacists who refuse to follow the old way of practicing pharmacy are showing the old school pharmacists the financial reward of refusing to do things the old school way. These young pharmacists have bigger, well stocked premises, drive better cars, live in better houses.

Now for every other pharmacist, you must realise that two paths are open to you. You can follow John the baptist like pharmacists path that may give you immediate result but cannot take you far. Or you can follow Jesus like pharmacists who operate with modern business management skills and technology.

Though the Jesus style may not give you immediate result but it guarantees you riches and better result. I will strongly advise anyone who wants to succeed not to follow the business path of their older colleagues. That will only land you in poverty. Seek for standard pharmacies to model your business after even if they are not owned by pharmacists.

In fact in most developed countries, the best pharmaceutical businesses whether retail or wholesale or manufacturing are not owned by pharmacist. The best retail chain in Nigeria is a clone of a retail chain in UK , not owned by pharmacists.

3 thoughts on “JUST LIKE JESUS REJECTED JOHN THE BAPTIST STRATEGY, YOUNG NIGERIAN PHARMACISTS MUST REJECT THE STRATEGIES OF THEIR OLDER COLLEAGUES

  • April 9, 2014 at 9:19 am
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    It is good to do things in a better way but I think Pharmacists do a course in school called Pharmacy administration. Though this cannot be compared to an MBA, it is a platform. The Pharmacist should go further to get other relevant trainings. The point I think you should be raising is that the Pharmacist should decide whether or not to be the manager of his business. If he decides to be the manager, he should employ another pharmacist to run the clinical aspects of the pharmacy but if he decides to be the pharmacist, he could employ an administator to assist him run the managerial aspects of the pharmacy.

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  • April 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I reject your idea on this one. The pharmacy profession as it is in Nigeria is too nascent a profession to be put in the hands of non pharmacists. Such things happen in developed climes because the non pharmacist managers know their limits and therefore do not interfere with the pharmacist’s practice. More so, it is nefarious not to have a pharmacist always present in a pharmacy. Such is not seen in developed climes. Let us do the needful. Please desist from misleading young pharmacists

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    • April 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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      Dear Ubong all I am doing is revealing the two paths open to any young pharmacist who desires to be successful. They can look at pharmacists who have followed each path and come to their own conclusion. Also that a none pharmacist is a manager does not mean he is the managing director or that a pharmacist must not always be around. Being a pharmacist and a manager are two different things. Also note that none pharmacist managers I mean are people who read business administration or business management. These guys can manage the business side of a pharmacy business better than pharmacists who have no management experience

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