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 3K78: Wisdom Circles

“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.”

This last Sunday in Church, our Pastor put up this quote from C.S. Lewis: “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”  I like this quite a bit because not only is it true, but it can be a call to action.  We either can choose to go it alone and trust upon our own experiences, strengths, talents, etc., or we can surround ourselves with those who know more than we know and whom we can depend upon to lead or walk along with us in our work journeys.  Think about how expensive and risky it is to make mistakes.  The best risk mitigation is to have others who can keep us from touching the stove.  So, why don’t we all have a Wisdom Circle?

We are taught to seek out good counsel and advice before we move forward.  That means surrounding ourselves with those who can provide us their wisdom as we make our Faith Journey.  So, while we look to God to provide, let’s also ask Him to bring forward those who can be our Wisdom Circle to assist us as we do our best to bring glory to God in our work.  We need these people and as always, God will provide if we ask Him to do so.

Reference: Proverbs 20:18 (New Living Translation)