Focused During Adversity – Alex Barker, PharmD
Exposing my secret and overcoming my adversities over the last year
I’ve been keeping a secret from you over the past year as I’ve struggled with family members’ health and my own mental health.
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In this interview with Mike Koelzer from The Business of Pharmacy, I finally talk about exactly what I’ve been going through. We cover how I’m working to overcome it, and why the right support network and mindset is vital to overcoming adversity.
Alex discusses the difficulties of being a founder during difficult times in this episode of The Business of Pharmacy podcast with Mike Koelzer. He describes how he dealt with family members’ declining physical health while managing his mental well-being. Because of these issues, he had to rely on team members to carry out his company’s vision while he was away. The company thrived in his absence because he had created a system that could function without his daily involvement in activities. Alex goes on to describe his leadership thought process. Even though he is in charge, he gives employees some leeway in handling the details of their jobs and leaves room for compromise. Despite the Happy PharmD’s friendly atmosphere, friendship does not interfere with work. He stresses how vital developing genuine relationships (authenticity) with employees based on trust and mutual respect are to a company’s success.
In addition, Alex emphasizes the importance of developing the right mindset for dealing with challenges by enlisting the assistance of proven professionals in dealing with work-related mental health issues. He also sheds light on how policies affect practice and why experienced professionals with practical knowledge are needed in positions of authority.
He concludes by discussing how self-acceptance can be a game-changer in challenging situations. Admitting your lack of motivation and surrounding yourself with the right people can make a difference. While in this state, he found fulfillment in seeing the company he founded continue to improve the lives of not just individuals but entire families.
Alex is the Founder of The Happy PharmD. He loves anime, his family, and video games, but not in that order.