An Unwelcome Surprise – No More Spring in My Creek!

This morning I awoke ready to go to work and continue to kick butt for a company I really like, but unfortunately for myself and about 16 other Spring Creek Group employees we have no job to go to.

Yesterday was a sad day for everyone at Spring Creek Group (SCG) as more than a third of it’s team were let go by it’s parent company due to a need to cut expenditure.  It was a surreal experience to get that tap on the shoulder and to lose a job I loved in an instant.  Clearly, due to the calibre of my colleagues who also lost their jobs, this was not based on performance, this was a straight up corporate cost cutting exercise, which I understand.  Business is business as we all know, you just can’t take this kind of a decision personally, so I bare no hard feelings to anyone or any company involved in this situation.

But I’m really disappointed, personally I feel like after 5 months with SCG I was just hitting my straps, I was growing my existing relationships with clients and building new ones with great potential, I was learning from the great team at SCG, and I was pumped for the next six months.

Instead, I’m sitting here this morning contemplating my future, wondering if I’ll go back to working independently, or if I’ll choose to try seek out another agency role, or if I’ll join a company/nonprofit and work direct.  Time will answer that question, but in the meantime I’d like to thank everyone at SCG and the IPG family, as well as my awesome clients, for a five months of learning, laughing and winning together.  To the senior management at SCG, you guys rock, keep up the great work, it’s been a privilege to work with you.  To my little team, continue to kick ass ladies, you are both a class act!  Lastly to those who also lost their jobs, you guys are a really talented group of people who I’m sure will be employed in no time, but I know “good luck” won’t go astray.

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14 Responses to An Unwelcome Surprise – No More Spring in My Creek!

  1. Jon says:

    Very professional and humble way to deal with that. Best of luck!

  2. Karianne says:

    Miss you, Ryan! I truly enjoyed working with you and am deeply saddened by yesterdays events. I’m certain you will land on your feet and find an incredible opportunity. I’m happy to do anything I can to help you get there.

  3. I have to say I was shocked to hear this news. I understand in a poor economy a company needs to cut expenditures. However when a company does it in a non-performance based capacity late in a recession it doesn’t do any favors for the talent it loses or for its future ability to produce a quality product. In my opinion it creates a lose/lose situation for all those involved, but I digress.

    Whatever you decide to do Ryan I know it will be a success!

  4. Anne says:

    Hi Ryan, I just posted on Twitter. Endings are merely new Beginnings. In my life’s experience when things like this happen, it means that the Universe has a new opening for you, most likely bigger and better than the one you have just been let go from. Be open and welcome the new in your life, whether you create your own Company or work for someone else. I just know that you will do well! I love your positivity about your new found freedom. Enjoy this transition while your new post awaits.

  5. Kelsey Sampson says:

    Best of luck with everything, Ryan! It has been awesome working with you, and I hope to see you soon. Please stay in touch and let me know if there’s anything that I can do to help. Miss you!!

  6. Joe Kennedy says:

    That’s a bummer Ryan, but it just means there is something even better just around the corner for you. You are a very talented guy who does good in our communities and has the support and following of many. Hang in there and get ready …

  7. Alonso says:


    Great way to handle the bad news. You have built a strong network here in Seattle and companies are actively looking for people like you. Everything happens for a reason and with a positive attitude it always turns out better than before.

    Anyhow if you decide to work independently I highly recommend reading this book

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  9. Cardinal Robbins says:


    I’m so sorry to hear what happened yesterday, but I truly feel this transition for you has been in the making for a while now. You have *much* larger things to accomplish and this only begins to set all of that up.

    I’ll say, ‘good luck,’ but you won’t need it. Just please keep us all posted. :)

    – Cardinal

  10. Eric says:

    you’re a class act, Ryan and I hate that we’re losing you. I know you’ll land something great. Glad to have worked with you albeit for such a short time.

  11. S. T. Holmes says:

    This is bad news. Makes one wonder about the business-management skills of the leadership.

    Here’s a listing that I saw today – maybe someone from the Spring Creek team will find it useful:

  12. Sarah Baylis says:

    So sorry to hear that Ry – hopefully you are buoyed by all these lovely, encouraging comments! I know you’ll bounce back – looking forward to hearing what happens next! Skype soon pls! Sare x

  13. Maureen Hodgson says:

    While feeling very saddened by the news of your job loss I feel so very proud of you Ryan after reading your amazing blog and all the wonderful comments from fellow employees & friends. There will be someone waiting to snap up your talent for succeeding in what ever field you choose – Seattle’s gain is Aussies loss. All my love & good wishes, talk soon.
    Love Mum xx

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