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After enjoying great success as a journalist with his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, employee relations and human resources expert Tony Schwartz decided that he needed to find more meaning in life. For four years he worked with psychologists, philosophers, mystics, healers, artists and scientists to investigate their perspective on wisdom. His conclusion, expounded in his book What Really Matters: Searching For Wisdom in America, was that all these experts could only offer a fragmentary approach and that a more holistic solution was possible.

Tony partnered with Jim Loher (with whom he co-authored the #1 bestseller The Power of Full Engagement) at the Human Performance Institute in order to test his conclusions. After four years of work he left to become President and CEO of The Energy Project, a company which helps individuals and organizations recognize and manage their four key energy needs: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Corporations and organizations around the world have invited Tony to share his findings with them, including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Pfizer and Ernst and Young, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency. His most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live made the bestseller lists at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; he contributes frequently to the Harvard Business Review, being one of its most popular bloggers. His blogs also appear regularly on Huffington Post and Oprah.com.

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    Tony Schwartz is President and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations perform better and more sustainably.

    Tony spent the first part of his career working as a journalist. Hungry for a deeper sense of significance following the success of his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, Tony embarked on a four-year search for meaning, which culminated in his book What Really Matters: Searching For Wisdom in America, published in 1996. During his quest, he met and worked with psychologists, philosophers, mystics, healers, artists and scientists who seemed to have a compelling perspective about the nature of wisdom.

    Ultimately, Tony concluded that each of these experts tended to narrow their focus on one approach or another and that what they each had to offer were pieces of a more integrated puzzle.

    Eager to test and translate his insights into the real world, Tony partnered with Jim Loehr, president of the Human Performance Institute, who had developed a highly effective program for managing physical energy, based on his work with elite athletes.

    After working together for four years and coauthoring the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, Tony left HPI to found the Energy Project in 2003. His goal was to build a program that addressed each of our four key energy needs: sustainability (physical), security (emotional), self-expression (mental), and significance (spiritual).

    Tony is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. He is one of HBR′s most popular bloggers and also blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and on Oprah.com.

    Tony′s most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was published in May 2010 and became an immediate New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

    Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Pfizer and Ernst and Young, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency.


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The way we're working isn't working: Tony Schwartz


“For the past two hundred years, free-market capitalism has been defined by a singular ethic; more, bigger, faster is better,” says Tony Schwartz, as he introduces his audience to the concept of new ways of working which should replace the dysfunctional paradigms currently in place. “That's fine in a world of infinite resources, but demand in our lives is frequently outweighing our capacity.”

Performance Zone Survival


Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative


Are you over-worked and under-energized? At Behance's 99% Conference, energy expert Tony Schwartz breaks down our productivity myths and shows us how to get back on track.

Keynote Speech


The Four Needs



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Using his wealth of in-depth knowledge and research into human emotion and capacity, Tony Schwartz explains why the way were working isn't working. He demonstrates how many corporations treat their employees like computer hardware, always on and always multitasking. Tony's explanation of how an employer can address the multidimensional needs of their employees and so increase motivation and productivity should not be missed by any company leader.

    TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE WORK: The New Rules of Engagement
    Demand in our lives is increasing relentlessly. Our capacity isn′t keeping pace. The way we′re working isn′t working. Far too many organizations expect their employees to operate in the same way that computers do: continuously, at high speeds, for long periods of time, running multiple programs at the same time. It′s a prescription for failure. Rather than trying to get more out of their employees, employers are better served by investing in meeting their multi-dimensional needs, so they are freed, fueled and motivated to bring the best of themselves to work every day.


Tony Schwartz Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "I′m a huge fan of Tony Schwartz. I have had the great pleasure of his working closely with me and our senior leaders during the past 18 months. As a communicator of ideas he is refreshingly practical, straightforward, innovative, challenging and invigorating."
    Ben Jenkins, President-Wachovia Bank

    "I have become accustomed to the glowing comments Tony’s workshops here. Our partners have found his concepts and practices to be truly effective in making a lasting difference in how they approach their work and the success they achieve through it.
    David Deacon, Managing Director-Credit Suisse First Boston

    "Tony had a very, very high impact on Forrester. Not only did our performance increase, but he elevated the energy, mood and morale of the company. Bravo, Tony!"
    George Colony, CEO-Forrester

    "One of our best meetings ever. Tony′s was a memorable presentation and his participation was a major part of our success"
    Raymond Towle, Executive Director-US Chamber of Commerce

    "Tony’s work is about energizing leadership. His recommendations all intuitively make sense, but it is the way he fits the pieces together and connects them to performance that makes his presentations so especially powerful.
    Catherine Murchie, Vice President-MasterCard International




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    "I′m a huge fan of Tony Schwartz. I have had the great pleasure of his working closely with me and our senior leaders during the past 18 months. As a communicator of ideas he is refreshingly practical, straightforward, innovative, challenging and invigorating."
    Ben Jenkins, President-Wachovia Bank

    "I have become accustomed to the glowing comments Tony’s workshops here. Our partners have found his concepts and practices to be truly effective in making a lasting difference in how they approach their work and the success they achieve through it.
    David Deacon, Managing Director-Credit Suisse First Boston

    "Tony had a very, very high impact on Forrester. Not only did our performance increase, but he elevated the energy, mood and morale of the company. Bravo, Tony!"
    George Colony, CEO-Forrester

    "One of our best meetings ever. Tony′s was a memorable presentation and his participation was a major part of our success"
    Raymond Towle, Executive Director-US Chamber of Commerce

    "Tony’s work is about energizing leadership. His recommendations all intuitively make sense, but it is the way he fits the pieces together and connects them to performance that makes his presentations so especially powerful.
    Catherine Murchie, Vice President-MasterCard International


    Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live
    Be Excellent at Anything is one of those rare books with the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.

    Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. Be Excellent at Anything offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we’re both more satisfied and more productive—on the job and off.

    By integrating multidisciplinary findings from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a persuasive case that we’re neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security (emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance (spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythmically between expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four needs.

    Organizations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people. Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core needs so they’re freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.

    Drawing on extensive work with an extra-ordinary range of organizations, among them Google, Ford, Sony, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Cleveland Clinic, Schwartz creates a road map for a new way of working. At the individual level, he explains how we can build specific rituals into our daily schedules to balance intense effort with regular renewal; offset emotionally draining experiences with practices that fuel resilience; move between a narrow focus on urgent demands and more strategic, creative thinking; and balance a short-term focus on immediate results with a values-driven commitment to serving the greater good. At the organizational level, he outlines new policies, practices, and cultural messages that Schwartz’s client companies have adopted.

    Be Excellent at Anything offers individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands we all face in an increasingly complex world.
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    The Way We′re Working Isn′t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance
    The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working is one of those rare books with the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.

    Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we’re both more satisfied and more productive—on the job and off.

    By integrating multidisciplinary findings from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a persuasive case that we’re neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security (emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance (spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythmically between expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four needs.

    Organizations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people. Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core needs so they’re freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.

    Drawing on extensive work with an extra-ordinary range of organizations, among them Google, Ford, Sony, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Cleveland Clinic, Schwartz creates a road map for a new way of working. At the individual level, he explains how we can build specific rituals into our daily schedules to balance intense effort with regular renewal; offset emotionally draining experiences with practices that fuel resilience; move between a narrow focus on urgent demands and more strategic, creative thinking; and balance a short-term focus on immediate results with a values-driven commitment to serving the greater good. At the organizational level, he outlines new policies, practices, and cultural messages that Schwartz’s client companies have adopted.

    The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working offers individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands we all face in an increasingly complex world.
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    The Power of Full Engagement written by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz


    We live in digital time. Our pace is rushed, rapid fire and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible into every day. We′re wired up, but we′re melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. As bestselling authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate in this groundbreaking book, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness and life balance.

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    TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE WORK: The New Rules of Engagement
    Demand in our lives is increasing relentlessly. Our capacity isn′t keeping pace. The way we′re working isn′t working. Far too many organizations expect their employees to operate in the same way that computers do: continuously, at high speeds, for long periods of time, running multiple programs at the same time. It′s a prescription for failure. Rather than trying to get more out of their employees, employers are better served by investing in meeting their multi-dimensional needs, so they are freed, fueled and motivated to bring the best of themselves to work every day.


The way we're working isn't working: Tony Schwartz


“For the past two hundred years, free-market capitalism has been defined by a singular ethic; more, bigger, faster is better,” says Tony Schwartz, as he introduces his audience to the concept of new ways of working which should replace the dysfunctional paradigms currently in place. “That's fine in a world of infinite resources, but demand in our lives is frequently outweighing our capacity.”

Performance Zone Survival


Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative


Are you over-worked and under-energized? At Behance's 99% Conference, energy expert Tony Schwartz breaks down our productivity myths and shows us how to get back on track.

Keynote Speech


The Four Needs



A Purpose Beyond Profit

By Tony Schwartz

For years, I’ve listened to chief executives of large companies pay dutiful lip service to concepts like corporate social responsibility, investing in the communities they operate in, treating employees as their most precious asset and living their values. Mostly, it comes off as so much canned public posturing — boxes to be checked off, rather ... more

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