There’s a better way to work. Human beings aren’t meant to operate the same way that computers do: continuously, at high speed, for long periods of time, 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 and intermittently renewing our four key sources of energy: physical (quantity), emotional (quality), mental (focus), and spiritual (purpose). This is something the world’s best athletes and trainers have known for years. The more skillfully and systematically we learn to manage our energy, the more resilient, focused, engaged and sustainably productive we become. The same is true for those you manage.
Becoming 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. For the leader as Chief Energy Officer, the challenge ahead is not to get more out of people — but to systematically invest in better meeting their 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.
Top leaders and companies believe in Tony’s work. He has delivered his transformational ideas to the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Ideas Festival and TEDx; and to leaders at companies ranging from Apple, Google and Facebook to Coca-Cola, Genentech and Goldman Sachs; and to such organizations as the National Security Agency, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and Save the Children.
Tony Schwartz is author or co-author of several books which have reached bestseller status on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times lists. The Power of Full Engagement is consistently cited as one of the most influential management, productivity and personal development books of all time—translated into 28 languages. He authored The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working (also published under the title Be Excellent at Anything) and What Really Matters. He also co-authored The Art of the Deal (with Donald Trump) and Work in Progress (with Michael Eisner).
Tony Schwarz has contributed chapters to a dozen books including Taking Smart Risks and On Form. He’s written numerous articles for the Harvard Business Review and for three years was the most popular blogger on HBR Blog Network. Tony now writes the popular weekly Life@Work column for The New York Times. He has also contributed articles and blogs on The Atlantic, Fast Company, business Insider, CEO.com, Lifehacker, AOS Finance, 99U and many others.