Fueling Sustainable High Performance
There’s a better way to work. Human beings aren’t meant to operate in the same way computers do: continuously, at high speed, and running multiple programs at the same time. Still, we try. It’s a prescription for exhaustion. Schwartz shows audiences a new path to achieve breakthrough and sustainable high performance – starting today. We’re at our best when we move between periods of expending energy and briefly recovering. That rhythm builds capacity. This is something the world’s best athletes and trainers have known for years. The more skillfully and systematically we learn to manage our four sources of energy — physical (quantity), emotional (quality), mental (focus), and spiritual (purpose) — the more resilient, focused, engaged and sustainably productive we become.
Becoming A Chief Energy Officer: Leading Sustainable High Performance
As demand in our lives outpaces our capacity, the fundamental responsibility of any leader is to mobilize, focus, inspire and sustain the energy of those they lead – and fuel sustainable high performance. Today’s leader needs to be a Chief Energy Officer. The challenge ahead is to invest in better meeting people’s needs, so they’re freed, fueled and inspired to bring more of themselves to work every day. We each have four energy needs — physical (sustainability); emotional (security); mental (self-expression) and spiritual (significance). When leaders begin by taking care of their own energy needs, and empower those they lead to do the same, the result is workforce that is healthier, happier, more focused, more motivated and higher performing. Leaders at many of the world’s top companies have applied Tony Schwartz’s principles and practices — both in their own lives and across their organizations – and experienced extraordinary results.
Tony Schwartz is at the center of the new thinking that creates sustainably high performance by managing energy and building capacity vs. simply working harder. Tony draws on multi-disciplinary science as well as on three decades spent studying great performers. He and his organization, The Energy Project, have redefined the way individuals and organizations can thrive in a world of relentlessly increasing demand, complexity and change.
A powerful speaker on performance and leadership, Tony makes his points with energy and humor. He is an inspiring presenter who leaves audiences with clear, actionable takeaways. His presence and ideas command attention from the moment he steps on stage. Tony upends common beliefs about work and performance – audiences leave looking at their life and work in a whole new way – armed with the tools to take control.
Tony has had a lifelong fascination with high achievers and an abiding passion to change the way the world works. Tony’s most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages. In 2013, Tony began writing the weekly column Life@Work for the New York Times. Before that, he was for three years the most popular blogger on HBR Blog Network. Tony has also contributed articles and blogs to The Atlantic, Fast Company, Business Insider, CEO.com, Lifehacker, CEO.com, and AOL Finance.
Schwartz began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America and co-authored Work in Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success with former Disney CEO and Chairman Michael Eisner.
Tony has spoken to leaders around the world, including at the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Ideas Festival and TEDx; as well at companies ranging from Apple, Google and Facebook to Coke, Genentech and Goldman Sachs; and at organizations such as the National Security Agency, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and Save the Children.