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We are proud to announce our partnership with the Pinky Swear Foundation

December 3rd, 2015

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The Wellspring Group, Inc. and Wellspring Nurse Source are proud to announce our partnership with the Pinky Swear Foundation. Wellspring was looking for a charitable organization to sponsor and Pinky Swear’s mission to help families whose children have cancer spoke to us immediately. We have committed to donate a percentage of revenue for each placement to help support Pinky Swear and participating families through 2016.

About Pinky Swear

In December 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving away all of his money, Mitch made a pinky swear promise with his dad to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterwards, the Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Mitch’s parents, to honor the Pinky Swear Mitch made with his dad. To date, over $10.8 million has been raised to support brave kids battling cancer.

The top predictor of a new hire’s success or failure…

July 16th, 2014

Do you have key roles that have either been open for a long time or that you are stuck on a constant hiring merry go round because of high turnover?  If you do, we recommend that you take a look at your hiring process and the criteria you are using to evaluate candidates.  Is your main focus on the candidate’s skillset or attitude?

In a recent study by Leadership IQ, they found that 46% of new hires failed, 35% became mid-tier performers, and only 19% became true top performers.  In reviewing the top reasons why almost half of new hires fail, they found that it was overwhelmingly because of attitude, not because of a lack of skills.  Attitude is the top predictor of a new hire’s success or failure.

What does this mean to you, and where do you start?  The best place to start is by figuring out what characteristics define a top performer in your unique company culture, as well as the flip side of what defines a low performer in your company culture.   Is there a trend in general characteristics that differentiate these groups?  There will most likely be a very defined set of characteristics, and you will find that they are attitude related!

Armed with this information, you are better prepared as you evaluate candidates.  You can be more flexible on candidates having the exact skillset if they have the right attitude to succeed at your company.  Skills are still a factor, but the data reflects that attitude should have a higher priority in the hiring process.

Written by Melissa Peirce, Senior Managing Partner

You are the CEO of You – Branding and your Online Profile

June 30th, 2014

In our blog last week, we discussed taking charge as the CEO of you and starting to build your brand.  This week we are continuing on that same path but taking a look at the consistency of your brand and marketing starting with your online profile.

Are you active on LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other online communities?  We recommend that you take some time to carefully craft your profile and make sure that your message about your brand and who you are is consistent across the various sites where you are active.  A good place to start is to actually search for your name on the top search engines and see what comes up!  What kind of results do you get and are they what you want to be recognized for?

If you haven’t done it already, take the time to read your profile from your target audience’s perspective.  Is your audience going to be excited to have a conversation with you based on your profile?  You need to be clear on what message you are portraying.  You want to share information about yourself and make yourself “real” so it’s easy to call you.  You want people to want to talk to you and be excited about the prospect of working with you.  What are you passionate about?  What are you really good at?  How are you unique and how does that bring value to your work?  Again, it’s really important to be down to earth and real so people are comfortable reaching out to you.

Quick tip – if you want to see some good examples, check out some of the profiles of top marketing people for LinkedIn on LinkedIn!  You will get some good ideas for building your own stellar profile.

Next week we will be taking a look at building your total online presence in the CEO of You series.  Stay tuned!

Written by Melissa Peirce, Senior Partner at The Wellspring Group

You are the CEO of you!

June 25th, 2014

Ultimately, you are the one responsible for the direction of your career and building the brand of YOU!  What is your current brand?  How do others see you now and is this how you want to be viewed?  Do you have an excellent brand reputation or just so-so? You need to take a big picture look at where you are currently, and think about where you want to end up.  It’s okay if you don’t know yet, that will unfold along the way.  That said, there are a few things that you’ll want to start working on right away.

In managing “you” and the direction or your career, you always want to keep in mind that it’s the top performers that are given opportunities when they arise.  Even if you don’t love what you do or where you are currently, see it as a stepping stone.  If you start really doing a great job you may be able to move within the company to a role that is more interesting to you.  Alternatively, if you are looking to move on – you will at least have a good reference for your current position and you will be able to add accomplishments to your resume.  Could you come in a few minutes early or stay a few minutes late to get some things done that have been looming forever?  Are there any processes that have been in place since day one that you could really delve into to see if they could be simplified at all?  Are there any forms or letters that could be standardized so they don’t need to be recreated every single time?  Can you create or update the documentation on what you do which will make a transition much easier when you do actually give your notice?  Bottom line – Is there something that you can do every day that will help move you forward?  If you start thinking about your current job this way, it makes each day a little more exciting.  Even if you’re in a job you don’t like, you have an end goal in mind.

There are many more things that come into play as you become your own CEO but we don’t want to overwhelm you all at once!  We will be exploring them over the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, start thinking about what you can do on a daily basis to help move you into a top performer status and help you build a stellar reputation.

Written by Melissa Peirce, Senior Managing Partner at The Wellspring Group

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