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Ruth Pearce PMP, ACC

Ruth Pearce PMP, ACC

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I am Ruth Pearce, founder of ProjectMotivator.com. My current focus is my new book. I never imagined publishing a book until, after a lifetime of project management and team-building, my team members pushed me to write it down. So I did! The book, Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management, helps project managers be more effective even when they don't have a budget and don't have authority over their team members. So my focus is getting the book into the hands of as many managers as possible!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

When I attended my first Ellevate Conference I was first daunted by all the amazing women at the event and then discovered how easy it was build relationships with new people when we are all coming from the same place of wanting the best for each other. The first time I gave a webinar, it was daunting and exciting, and again the response was so positive. I am a member because this is a network where people have each others' backs!

How would you define your professional mission?

My mission is to help project managers develop greater influence over project outcomes by mastering human factors without a large budget or a lifetime of study. I help project managers be more effective leaders and influencers and to position themselves to deliver organizational success. I study human factors in project management and help project managers understand how those human factors influence project outcomes.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Experience, dedication, knowledge of my subject and an insatiable curiosity to know more! It helps to be open to new opportunities - ones that I have not dreamed of - and

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Working with an international team to create a strong team identity and build understanding and collaboration through character strengths.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

I have just had my book Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management published by Berrett-Koehler. The project is the culmination of 20 years of experience, study, and experimentation and is at the same time just the beginning. It took bravery to write the book and bring it to a publisher, perseverance to bring it to fruition, hope to keep believing that it would happen and working toward that outcome and I have an enormous sense of gratitude for all the people who supported me. The book was a team effort from beginning to end.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my current job is bringing the science of character strengths to new audiences. When people see what they can do with their own strengths and by recognizing and leveraging the strengths of others, it is magical. When I receive emails from people telling me how they have taken their new understanding back to their teams, their students and their organizations, it is a very special feeling.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I hope that through my book, my continued writing and speaking and through coaching, I can make workplaces at least a little better!

What is your morning ritual?

Each morning I wake up, meditate, read at least , few pages of a book and most days go to the gym - either in my house or the local YMCA. I usually have the flexibility to start my workday appointments later in the day, so mornings are about physical and mental health.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

A balance suggests two competing or offsetting things either side of a fulcrum. Work is life, and life is work. As soon as I stopped seeking work-life balance, and instead sought a balance between spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational and emotional aspects of my life, things became easier. I consider each activity in terms of how it satisfies those five components, and when I am doing too many activities in one domain, I move things around. By focusing on my character strengths, I also find balance. My tops strengths are the appreciation of beauty and excellence, bravery, curiosity, fairness, and gratitude. As long as I engage all five every day, I feel pretty good!


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