About the Authors
Greg L. Alston Google+
Greg L. Alston is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Management and Assistant Dean for Assessment at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. He has a unique resume of management success. He graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific while simultaneously becoming a credentialed K-12 teacher through the School of Education. During his years in the chain drug industry he was the first in his graduating class promoted to pharmacy manager, and was the first pharmacist to become corporate training manager, marketing manager and general category manager on the buying staff for Sav-on Drugs. He went on to become a Regional Pharmacy Manager for Thrifty Drugs and the California Regional Pharmacy Manager for Smith’s Food and Drug. After 15 years in the chain drug industry he founded and operated Draculas Castle Halloween shops and Best Pharmacy and Medical Supply in Southern California. During his business career he has supervised thousands of employees, worked for hundreds of bosses, and battled organizational stupidity at every turn. After selling the healthcare businesses in 2007 he “retired” to become the Assistant Dean for Assessment at Wingate University School of Pharmacy and within 18 months earned the National Award for Excellence in Assessment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2009. He currently teaches Pharmacy Management, Community Health Outreach and Pharmacy Communications Skills courses and frequently consults with corporate clients and individual pharmacists looking to solve their most perplexing problems.
He began coaching Girls Fastpitch softball when his daughter Valerie began playing in 1991. Teams he helped coach reached the national tournament finals for their age bracket, nine times in 10 years with eight top ten finishes, including two national championships. Dr. Alston draws on his experience as a teacher, pharmacist, leader, boss, coach, parent, iconoclast and occasional BossHole to demystify the process of becoming a Great Boss. He and his high school sweetheart, June, have been married for 36 years, and jointly raised two children, seven dogs, and innumerable employees. He has an uncanny ability to communicate complex subject matter in clear and simple terms and has been known to not only call a spade a spade, but to occasionally refer to it as a F**KING shovel.
Valerie R. Alston
Valerie R. Alston is the type of daughter that everyone would be proud to have. She was an excellent student earning high school valedictorian and numerous other honors. She was a gifted athlete earning national titles, state championships, a major college athletic scholarship and several other individual awards. But more importantly she is a calm, competent competitor, a loyal teammate, a natural empath, an enthusiastic teacher, an unconditional friend, an intuitive leader and only an occasional DaughterHole. After spending 48 weekends per year playing, talking and living fastpitch softball with Coach Greg she has pretty much taught him everything he knows about how to be good at what he does. Her wisdom, experience and guidance permeate every page of this book.
Valerie Alston has been a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert with the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program since 2008. She earned her B.S. in Kinesiology while playing college softball for the University of Minnesota. After 15 years of playing and competing in softball at the National Level she fell in love with the mental and emotional side of performance and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from Boston University. Building on her experiences as an elite athlete and her education she has traveled all over the world working with and training Soldiers and their families how to use mental skills, to be at their best, when it matters the most. She is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Valerie draws on her experience as an athlete, exposure to good and bad leaders, her training in Sport Psychology and her work with the military to define good leadership and drive optimal performance.