Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations solve intractable problems and add more value in the world by widening their world view.
Tony is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around sustainable high performance and building more human workplaces. He began his career as a journalist and has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek and a contributor to publications such as New York, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Fast Company.
Since founding The Energy Project in 2003, Tony has written extensively for the Harvard Business Review. He has also written the Life@Work column in the New York Times, and three of the most popular articles in the Times during the past several years: “Why You Hate Work,” “Relax, You’ll Be More Productive,” and “Addicted to Distraction.”
Tony is also the author of several books, including The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time (with Jim Loehr), which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Tony has delivered keynotes and trainings to leaders of companies around the world, including Google, Unilever, Facebook, Whole Foods, Microsoft, Alcoa, the Los Angeles Police Department, the National Security Agency, and Save the Children.
Tony is married to Deborah Pines, a psychotherapist. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.
What two opposites do you try to balance?
Care for self and care for others’ and “vision/structure”
Favorite Energy Tip
Spend at least 30 minutes a day reading a book. It’s a way to train absorbed attention, and to be more reflective – an antidote to life on the Internet.
“Loving oneself is no easy matter because it means loving all of oneself, including the shadow where one is inferior and socially so unacceptable. Thus the cure is a paradox requiring two incommensurables: the moral recognition that these parts of me are burdensome and intolerable and must change, and the loving, laughing acceptance, which takes them just as they are, joyfully, forever. One both tries hard and lets go, both judges harshly and joins gladly.” – James Hillman
Do you work compulsively? Do you feel physically run down or have a hard time finding a stopping point at work?
Then you may be what’s called a “work martyr” – and you are not alone.
You might be a workaholic if you’re watching this from the office while answering emails, eating breakfast, writing a report and listening to a conference call.
Tony Schwartz, founder and CEO of The Energy Project, says that managing energy is the most fundamental – and important – human behavior.
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