Ruth Pearce is CEO of Project Motivator, an author and speaker, and a practicing project manager. Her 25 years’ experience is in a variety of industries including financial services, state government, and non-profits. Ruth has spent her career learning and experimenting to engage teams to make them happier and more productive and has published a book for project managers about team motivation. She is disrupting the traditional process focus of project managers by bringing awareness and facility with human factors into project management practices.
She is an energetic and engaging speaker with a track record of bringing the new science of positive psychology to the world of project management. She believes that the role of the project manager must change to become more pivotal in this time of accelerating change and disruption. A big part of that change is that it is no longer someone else’s challenge to build engagement and motivation. Project managers have the chance and obligation to change employee experiences in the workplace and to build better organizations for the future.
Ruth has conducted three independent studies into project managers, examining their role from the perspective of the project manager and from the perspective of non-project managers, exploring their relationship to engagement and the part that they play in team engagement and identifying their most prevalent – and least common – character strengths. In November 2018, her book Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secret of Strengths-Based Project Management was published by Berrett-Koehler. She is a contributor to PMWorld 360 and is a regular presenter at PMI chapters, and online project manager forums including Projectmanagement.com