Author Archives: Rusty Rueff

About Rusty Rueff

Rusty Rueff, author of purposed worKING. Rusty Rueff is the former Chairman Emeritus of The GRAMMY Foundation in Los Angeles. He most recently completed the successful 16 month leadership role as Coordinating National Co-Chair for Technology for Obama (T4O) for the reelection of President Obama and ten-years of Board service and President of the Board of Trustees of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Corporately, most recently Rueff was the Chief Executive Officer at SNOCAP, Inc. until the acquisition of the company by imeem, Inc. in April 2008. Before joining SNOCAP in 2005, he was Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Electronic Arts (EA) from 1998 until 2005. He was also with the PepsiCo companies for more than ten years, with the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies for two years, and in commercial radio as an on-air personality for six years. Rusty holds an M.S. in counseling and a B.A. in radio and television from Purdue University. In 2003 he was named a distinguished Purdue alumnus, and he and his wife, Patti, are the named benefactors of Purdue’s Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. He is a corporate director of and runcoach. He is the co-founder and Executive Committee Member of, serves on the Founding Circle of The Centrist Project and a founding Board Member of The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition. He is also the co-author of the book Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business. Rusty and his wife, Patti, reside in Hillsborough, CA and Charlestown, R.I.

day 3K260: The Watchouts – Wunderkinds

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

And this brings us to the last of Jim VandeHei’s list of what I call “The Watchouts”.  The final one are the “Wunderkinds”.  These are the know-it-alls, the smartest people in the room by their own credentials, the braggards. They can be disruptive in that they try to control a room with what they think they know and their point of view. And, wow are they annoying. I often wonder how governments work at all as it seems like they are filled with many Wunderkinds.  I love the quote, “You are either humble, or you are about to get humbled.”  Wunderkinds live on the edge of being humbled and when they do get humbled it is typically not pretty.  The good think about Wunderkinds is that we can spot them easily and actually see them coming.  So, in our hiring and screening processes, we should be on the watchout for them and screen them out, not in.

It’s obvious that we don’t want to be a Wunderkind.  We also don’t want to be a Wannabe, a Weasel, a Whisperer or a Whiner.  What we want to be is the opposite of all of those.  How can we do that?  We let God in to fill us up so that what comes out of us reflects Him and the fruits of the spirit He wants us to be.  That is why we vigilantly need to be on the watchout of ourselves first and worry about fixing or resolving others issues later.  It is on us to invite God to work through us so that we don’t become one of “The Watchouts”.

Reference: Galatians 5:22-23 (New Living Translation)