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 3K24: Hasty Words

“Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.”

We live in the age of hasty words.  Words spoken and words written are hastily presented as if saying them first is more important than saying them correctly and truthfully.  These statements that are made can also come out as declarations then perceived as promises made from authority.  We have been living through this for the past 17 months as scientists and doctors think they know something, but are only proven wrong as more data is accumulated and analyzed.  Are they wrong in not knowing, or finding new information that leads them in another direction?  I don’t think so.  But, it is the hasty words and declarations that come back to bite them.  I was taught to be humble enough to reserve the right to get smarter.  That means being less hasty with what I think I know.

Interesting that in Ecclesiastes we are told to not be hasty in bringing matters before God.  It’s certainly not that God doesn’t want us to bring all that we have to Him, so I think it is more in the vein of being still and knowing that He is God.  I’ve found that when I rush to God for Him to resolve what I think He should be carrying for me, that more often than not I’ve not yet figured out what it is that He wants me to do first.  Being less hasty is a good lesson.  God will handle it all for us, but maybe today he wants us to slow down and let Him talk to us more than us talk at Him.

Reference: Ecclesiastes 5:2 (New Living Translation)