Reflections and Recalculations: Finding Life and Career Fulfillment
We at Mosaic want our clients to live the lives they dream of. Sadly, a majority of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. And yet, your career has the potential to be a major source of purpose and fulfillment in life.
With this in mind, we are offering a special presentation that will encourage re-finding joy and passion in your career and your life. Our much sought-after speaker, Ruth Ross, is the author of “Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Career. ” Ms. Ross specializes in helping companies and their employees fall in love with life and work again.
Mosaic’s Liz Revenko sat down with Ruth to learn a little more about her background and how she came to focus her career on helping others find new passion in theirs.
Ruth, we are excited about your talk. Can you tell us a little about your background?
I spent 30 years as a senior human resources executive working for some of the world’s best companies in both New York and San Francisco. For the last 10 years of my corporate life I was an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, running HR during some incredibly turbulent and challenging times.
You had a successful career and the perks that came with it—the corner office, big paycheck, stock options, respect, status…why walk away from that at age 53?
I had a ‘face-in-the-mirror’ moment in 2010 that helped me to recognize that I had been truly disengaged at work. I wanted to find my passion again for what I was doing. I needed to work to thrive, not just survive. At some point we all need to figure out what is most important in life and it isn’t always the trappings of a big job.
In your blog you said you diagnosed your own “disengagement”. What does that mean?
In order to best answer this question, it’s important to first understand what “engagement” is. It is what motivates people not only to feel dedicated to their job and their life, but also to feel rewarded by what they do and how they do it. It pushes people to look at things differently and go above and beyond, not because they have to but because they want to. Engagement is buying in, going all in and remaining within and contributing to the passion and mission of the company. As someone who had disengaged, I had lost that connection with my job and the people around me. I was getting the work done, but not with the enthusiasm and commitment I used to have and wanted to have.
Is it age-specific? What if I’m not in the corner office right now? And if I am, what if I want to stay there?
Disengagement doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are young or old, black or white, male or female, a CEO or a secretary. It can happen to anyone at any time. I’ve seen college students who are disengaged and getting ready to graduate to a job, not a career because they aren’t following their passion. I’ve seen C-suite executives, like me, who looked around and said “is this all there is”? It’s important to understand that even if you are disengaged, quitting isn’t the only answer. There are so many things people can do to reengage, no matter their age or stage in life.Why should people come to this event?
We hope this will be an engaging evening in which we will take the time to reflect on where we are in our lives, recalibrate what the journey will look like going forward and who our partners should be on the adventure. It will be especially right for those who are searching for a deeper sense of meaning in life and work. I want to speak to those whose life has changed, or is about to. If you are feeling less than fully empowered, because of your work, an event in your life or an approaching (or realized) retirement, we hope this event will speak to you.
September 30th, 2015 at 6:00pm at the San Francisco Olympic Club.