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Tony Schwartz    

Founder & CEO of The Energy Project

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, a consultancy which helps organizations fuel sustainable high performance.

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 [email protected] 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.

Speech Topics

Leaders: Change Yourself, Change Your World

Leaders who are determined to make outward change in the world cannot do so without also looking inward at today’s unhealthy and unsustainable work environment. In practice, the mission-driven leaders who have the most effective and sustainable professional lives—and in the long-run are likely to make the biggest impact—are those whose plans for the world align with their own behaviors and the behaviors they cultivate inside their organizations. But all too often, a laser-like focus on the mission comes at the price of a leader’s own health and wellbeing, as well as that of their team.

In this talk, Tony Schwartz breaks down the delicate balance between building an organization that is right for the world and building a work environment that is just right—and how focusing on one without the other is unsustainable.

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Demand in our lives is increasing relentlessly. Our capacity isn’t keeping pace. We’re trying 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 burnout, disengagement and failure. Human beings are at our best when we move between periods of expending energy and intermittently renewing our energy. The better we manage our energy, the more value we’re capable of creating.

In this talk, Tony Schwartz shares the four energy dimensions you need to fuel in order to perform at your best and a scientifically-based paradigm for how to work (and live) in a way that is more productive and more satisfying.


Tony Schwartz: What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don't
Empathy proved especially difficult for me whenever I felt vulnerable. My instinctive response was to protect myself, most often with aggression. I equated  ...
Tony Schwartz: What Happens When You Really Disconnect
I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself ...
Tony schwartz talks renewal at the third metric women's conference
"For 200 years we've lived by an ethic that more, bigger, faster is better," said Tony Schwartz, founder and CEO of The Energy Project, during a panel at the Third ...

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