Coming Alive: The Journey To Reengage Your Life And Career by Ruth Ross is the prescription for anyone who has ever personally felt the pain of knowing they weren’t fully engaged at work or at home (or both), has an important person in his or her life experiencing this or perhaps manages a team that is struggling with disengagement. If so, then this book will act as your roadmap to implement the necessary steps to walk toward something better by being thoughtful, strategic and intentional. At work or at home, disengagement is a pervasive quandary that requires a commitment to turning things around. Coming Alive will take you on a journey to understand the power of passion and commitment, pinpoint the underlying causes, recognize the symptoms and most importantly, learn an easy-to-use treatment plan for reengagement.
It Takes A Village (and a CEO) To Create A Masterpiece
Before an artist takes out a canvas and selects the material they will need to create their masterpiece, they usually have a vision in their head of what they want to paint. The first thing the artist does is set up the easel upon which the canvas will rest. If even one leg of the easel is of unequal height, or not standing firm and steady, the creation process can’t commence. The canvas will fall and paint will splatter everywhere.
The process of engagement is similar. Without full participation from all three legs (aka parties) of the easel, the ‘work’ will often end in disaster. To ensure that your work/life canvas is on solid footing, everyone must be an active and willing participant in creating the masterpiece. That doesn’t mean all three parties have the same role; in fact they each have distinctly different ones. It’s how the collective work comes together that results in arriving at the mecca of high engagement.
About the Author
Ruth Ross spent 30 years as a senior human resources leader at top Fortune 100 companies in both San Francisco and New York, including her last ten years in Corporate America as an Executive Vice President of HR at Wells Fargo Bank, from which she retired in 2011 to start her own company focusing on the critical business imperative of employee engagement. Prior to joining Wells, Ruth held executive roles in HR at Charles Schwab, Estee Lauder, American Express, and Citibank. Ruth is a sought after speaker and writer on the topic of engagement and in September she was invited to speak about her book as part of the prestigious ‘author talks at Google’ series. She is a frequently requested speaker at corporations and conferences.