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5 Ways Your Company Can Compete in a Candidate-Driven Market - Jul 28th, 2017

It is hard to think it has almost been about a decade since the Great Recession, where roughly nine million jobs were lost and the unemployment rate hovered around 10%. Have we fully recovered? According to the latest data, it certainly seems like it. The monthly unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing, and just this month, hit the lowest it’s been in 16 years. The comeback is great news for both employers and employees, but having the pendulum swing the other direction means a new set...

Will You Make The Right Hire? 6 Ways to Determine Cultural Fit of an Executive Candidate - Jun 8th, 2017

Earlier this year, we announced Toft Group had been named a Top 50 Executive Recruiter in Life Sciences, and this month, Hunt Scanlon Media ranked Toft Group a "Top 50 Executive Search Firm" within the Americas!  This is quite astounding, since we were founded in 2010 and are a mere 7 years young.  These awards are major milestones for our exceptional team, who is not only able to find highly-specialized technical roles where talent is limited, they have an incredible sense of determining...

Perception vs. Reality: The 4 Disconnects Preventing Gender Equality in Life Sciences - Mar 30th, 2017

Earlier this month, we celebrated International Women's Day honoring the growing number of business leaders and Life Sciences companies that are making equality a top priority. However, we also recognized that much more work needs to be done to achieve gender parity, particularly when it comes to pinpointing the obstacles that stand in our way. The latest data from a survey by Ernst & Young, reveals major disconnects in what men and women believe are preventing women from progressing into ex...

How Executive Recruiters Identify Top Talent - Feb 9th, 2017

The first few months of 2017 have gotten off to quite a start! The JP Morgan Conference, held in January, was perhaps the most eventful yet. The transition of a new presidential committee elevated the ongoing topic of drug pricing and the future of healthcare policy. Click here for a recap of highlights. The conference captured the key issues facing life science companies that are likely to significantly impact recruiting in 2017, prompting our clients and candidates to ask for the “must have...

The CHRO: The Cure for the Common CEO - Dec 20th, 2016

Happy Holidays! With 2016 coming to a close, I hope you're looking forward to an even more successful 2017. From all of us at Toft Group, thank you for being a valued part of the Toft Group network! If we can help you prepare your executive team for 2017, please let me know, and I'll be sure to get the right team involved. The good news is that we have identified the cure for the "Common CEO".  It is our experience that amongst all CEOs, a top concern is finding and retaining talent. But how in...

5 Surefire Ways to Retain Top Employees - Nov 10th, 2016

Employee retention is a growing concern for many companies. You as an employer will likely never be aware of when your employees are are being offered opportunities outside your company. But you should assume the more talented they are, the more often they are being pursued. While you may be right in thinking there is nothing you can do about your employees being approached by other companies, there are a number of things you can do to help ensure your employees don't take the bait.  The latest...

Toft Group Insights on Recruiting Women into Executive Roles - Oct 4th, 2016

"What makes an effective leader?" is now a two-part question. The term "leader" has classic traits: experienced, result-oriented, and ability to execute just to name a few. But the definition of an "effective" leader is not the same as it was even five years ago. Being "effective" now involves a complex set of traits that aren't just about the bottom line. In a recent article "What makes a Good CEO?" by Hunt Scanlon, I talk about the qualities we are most often asked to seek: a combination of s...

Managing the Talent Shortage in Life Sciences & Digital Health - Aug 17th, 2016

Today, the Life Sciences & Digital Health industry faces an increasing battle of finding and retaining the right talent. A high retirement rate of executive "baby boomers" combined with the rise of millennials is creating a dynamic work environment like never before. This increasing demand for highly-skilled and specialized candidates further perpetuates a shortage in the talent pool. CEOs remain concerned about their ability to stay competitive and innovative with limited access to resourc...

Attracting Millennial Talent - Toft Group Leads the Way - Jun 28th, 2016

Our last issue of the Personalized Medicine Insider included a recap of author Dan Negroni's presentation on Bridging the Gap between Millennials & their Managers. We were so amazed by the amount of interest and feedback we received, we decided to continue the conversation with our feature article Millennials in Life Sciences: How to Get Past the Misconceptions & Attract Younger Talent. This article addresses specific areas where false assumptions about Millennials could result in miss...

Making Connections | Robin Toft Joins Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team - May 24th, 2016

Do you ever think about the power of connecting? Toft Group recently hosted our VIP Appreciation event in San Diego, where some of the best and brightest in the industry gathered together. We also sponsored the Clearity Foundation's 5th Annual Someone Lived Celebration. Reflecting on these events, and what we do every day, it's incredible to witness the power of connecting. Certainly, we are all connected in different ways, and with email and social media, some may argue we may be over-conne...

Toft Group Expansion | Developing a Culture of Employee Engagement - Apr 1st, 2016

As part of our continued strategic expansion, Toft Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in South San Francisco, one of the largest Life Science hubs in the world. The new location in the "Biotech Bay" is home to 240 neighboring biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and digital health companies, which will allow Toft Group to serve our growing network of clients and candidates. The new location, coupled with recent news of our direct partnership with global leader...

The Personalized Medicine Insider | Disruptive Healthcare Trends & Global Partnerships - Feb 10th, 2016

Disruptive trends in Healthcare point to the ever-increasing, global demand for care that provides better value, greater access and improved outcomes. Aging populations, the increase of chronic disease worldwide, and the growing consumer interest in being empowered to control our own health, are just a few examples that are requiring new approaches to treating patients. Yet, these disruptive trends are met with the challenge of finding talented executives who can quickly and effectively bring i...

The Personalized Medicine Insider - 2015 Industry Highlights - Dec 15th, 2015

2015 has been another outstanding year for the Life Sciences industry and Toft Group Executive Search, thanks to the support of our valued candidates and customers! The year kicked off with the U.S. Presidential announcement on the Precision Medicine Initiative, which promises to provide further support to our clients in their effort to improve patient care and quality of life. We have also seen several new immunotherapy drugs that use the power of the immune system to battle cancer, and other s...

The Personalized Medicine Insider - Digital Health: Recruiting at the Intersection of High Tech & Biotech - Oct 20th, 2015

We live in a world where personalized medicine is now a reality. A world where the convergence of healthcare and technology are now at our fingertips, and consumers are empowered with health information like never before. Breakthrough innovation is taking place at an unprecedented rate. What used to take the clinical world years - and even decades - to create, can now be accomplished quickly through whole genome sequencing and data analytics. We can now prevent, monitor, treat or cure diseases...

The Personalized Medicine Insider - Mid-Year 360 - Aug 11th, 2015

How is your company doing? Summer may be a great time for some well-deserved or long overdue vacations, but it's also an important time for a mid-year check-in on how your company is performing. In the midst of just keeping up with the day to day, we often fail to pause and take a look at the big picture before it's already the end of the year. For some, it may have been a while since company goals and objectives were revisited. Now is the critical halfway point to conduct a formal or informal 3...

The Personalized Medicine Insider - May/June 2015 - Jun 3rd, 2015

The #1 Reason Employees Quit and What You Can Do to Keep Good People What is the main reason employees quit? Is it for a better opportunity elsewhere? A career change? As it turns out, a recent Gallup survey of over 1 million employees reported the #1 reason employees quit is a disconnect or poor relationship with their boss or immediate supervisor. As a boss or manager, this can be tough to process; it can mean that there is a huge pressure and responsibility to retain good employees. But what...

The Personalized Medicine Insider - Apr 3rd, 2015

Any leadership role, regardless of a company's stage or size, requires an entrepreneurial mindset. And if you were to ask candidates for leadership positions if they consider themselves to have an entrepreneurial approach, most would respond with a confident "yes." However, often times, people tend to characterize themselves idealistically - where they see themselves as having certain leadership qualities, such as an entrepreneurial spirit, because they want to or feel the need to have those tr...

The Precision Medicine Initiative - Toft Group - Feb 1st, 2015

I hope your year is off to a productive start. Our February, 2015 issue of Personalized Medicine Insider comes in the wake of exciting news in the field of Personalized Medicine! President Obama has announced a $215 million precision medicine initiative - a plan that will provide new funding to "accelerate biomedical discoveries in the hopes of yielding more personalized medical treatments for patients in the US." This news marks an incredible milestone in the Life Sciences industry, and serves...

Holiday Greetings - Toft Group - Dec 18th, 2014

The holidays are a great time for reflection, gratitude and focusing on what really matters. As we think back on this year, we can't help but note the development of the new Toft Group brand as one of the our biggest highlights. Our process of rebranding prompted us to go back to our core mission, values, and what's made 84% of our clients continually use the Toft Group to build their leadership teams over the years. Out of this, a new Toft Group brand evolved, and we're proud to say that we've...

A New Look For Sanford Rose Associates - Toft Group - Nov 1st, 2014

Life Sciences is an exciting, ever-changing Industry. To keep pace, we are changing our company's look! Our decision to create the new presence for our company was to have a brand identity that reflects the forward-thinking, innovative Life Sciences industry that we are so proud to be a part of. Our new logo evolved out of our passion and our mission of "Changing the Future of Medicine - One Relationship at a Time." In our business we are constantly connecting with leaders throughout the Life Sc...

The Golden Rule Vs. The Platinum Rule - Jul 1st, 2014

Happy Summer! I hope it has been fun and relaxing to date, and that you’re not working too hard. I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes employees happy lately. I have learned through talking with countless executives while recruiting CEO’s, that embracing the unique needs of each individual employee is a necessity for any successful leader. Demonstrating appreciation of employees is essential for long-term retention. Whereas most would identify with “The Golden Rule” as being a univ...

Inspiring An Ownership Mindset - Jun 1st, 2014

As executive recruiters, we know the most desirable traits sought after by those tasked with hiring top performers to the team. Companies want individuals who have a burning desire to succeed, and who take responsibility for their contributions to the team. Some people are wired with a proactive disposition, but it is a leader’s responsibility to combine nature with nurture when Inspiring an Ownership Mindset within a team. Fostering a mindset of entrepreneurial thinking is the core of our Jun...

Are You Addicted To Stress? - Apr 1st, 2014

All high performing individuals have a certain level of addiction to stress; with all the negative connotations, stress also comes with excitement, motivation, energy, and pressure. Just the right amount allows us to accomplish amazing things and stay on our toes; although we may complain about being over-worked or under extreme pressure to perform, we unknowingly perpetuate the exact issue we try so hard to escape. Read more on this topic (PDF)...

Planning Your Leadership Pipeline Strategy for Success - Jan 1st, 2014

What does your leadership pipeline look like for the New Year? Every day for the next 18 years, 8,000 Americans will turn 65, beginning with today’s 47-year-olds. This inevitable “retirement gap” will create many open positions, challenging companies to find skilled workers who are in turn facing many choices to accelerate their careers. Developing a leadership pipeline now – by identifying high-potential candidates for critical positions – should be at the core of your hiring strategy...