“Give me a lever long enough and I shall move the world”
For twenty years Ruth has worked in the financial services sector project managing complex programs and large teams. Most recently she has been using evidence based positive psychology techniques to build resilient, high performing teams as well as creating and delivering workshops focused on increasing wellbeing for teenagers. As a project manager, she believes that we need to not just ORGANIZE, but also need to ENERGIZE. We need to be agents of ENGAGEMENT and not just agents of change.
She is not only a skilled project manager (she might more accurately be called the “Project Motivator”), she also loves learning. That is reflected in her training as an economist, attorney and in positive psychology. She sees beauty in her surroundings, appreciates the people around her, and lives to create environments where others can flourish.
We appreciate her energy and wit, and how she sees connections everywhere, using her empathy and problem solving skills to help clients and colleagues excel. She also has a strong sense of justice, and is not shy when it comes to standing up for others.
A believer in practicing what she preaches, Ruth has taken both the VIA and Strengthsfinder (Gallup) assessments.
Her top character strengths as assessed by the VIA Strengths Test are:
- Appreciation of beauty & excellence – noticing beauty, excellence, and skill in all areas of life.
- Bravery – not shrinking from challenge or difficulty; speaks up even if there is opposition.
- Curiosity – interested in learning more about anything and everything.
- Gratitude – aware of the good things that happen and never take them for granted.
- Fairness – treating people fairly. Not allowing personal feelings to bias decisions about other people.
Her top five talent themes, as measured by the StrengthsFinder assessment tool, are:
- Learner – a love of learning and learning quickly, but above all sharing that love of learning
- Input – facilitating growth and performance. Providing tangible relevant help to others
- Arranger – orchestrating people and resources for maximum effectiveness
- Empathy – innate ability to understand the emotions of those around them
- Connectedness – building bridges between people, showing them how to relate and rely on each other.
This combination of strengths is what has helped Ruth create successful and engaged teams as a program manager throughout her career. It has also resulted in accolades such as “key contributor to our success”, “enroller” and “one of our best leaders and thinkers”.
With her particular combination of strengths, extensive experience and training, Ruth and the team are well positioned to help you become your best self.