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Tony Schwartz
Tony Schwartz is founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance. 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 bestseller. His last book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and has been translated into 28 languages.

Tony began his career as a journalist, and worked as a reporter at the New York Times and a staff writer at Newsweek and New York. He has also written for Esquire, Fast Company, Vanity Fair and the Harvard Business Review. Tony coauthored the #1 bestselling The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump and also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America. A frequent keynote speaker, Tony has also coached more than two dozen CEOs and senior leaders.

The Energy Project’s clients include Sony, Google, Ernst & Young, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic, Shell, IBM, Fidelity, Ford, Gap and Blue Shield of California. For more about our work, see Tony can be reached

Entries by Tony Schwartz

What Happens When Leaders Walk Their Talk

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Co-authored with Christine Porath

What leaders say is far less important than what they do. That's one of the clearest conclusions we drew from a study, in collaboration with HBR, of 19,000 employees around the world, focused on how they experience their lives at work. (You can still...

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The Four Core Needs of Every Employee

(30) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Co-authored by Christine Porath, associate professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

What stands in the way of our being more satisfied and productive at work? That's the fundamental question we sought to answer in a survey we conducted with HBR last fall. More than 19,000 people, at all...

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Sleep As A Competitive Advantage

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:59 AM

At 6 p.m. last Friday, I boarded a plane for Bangalore, India. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, I arrived back in New York after two days of meetings and traveling 34 hours across nine time zones. As you can imagine, I didn’t see much of Bangalore.


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What Would Make You More Satisfied and Productive at Work?

(88) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Think about your typical workday. How often do you wake up in the morning, excited to get to work? How much time do you spend fighting traffic to get to the office? Do you run from meeting to meeting, with no time in between, as emails pile up unanswered in...

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Ce qu'il arrive quand on déconnecte vraiment

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Je me suis réveillé un matin il y a environ un mois et je me suis soudainement rendu compte que j'étais au bout du rouleau. D'habitude, j'ai hâte de me rendre au travail, mais ce jour-là j'ai dû lutter pour sortir de chez moi.

Les trois premiers mois de l'année...

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What Happens When You Really Disconnect

(58) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:51 AM

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 out of the house.

The first three months of the year had been intensely...

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Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

(57) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:42 PM

For more than a decade now, I've struggled to define what fuels the most sustainably productive work environment -- not just on behalf of the large corporate clients we serve, but also for my own employees at The Energy Project. Perhaps nothing I've uncovered is as important as trust.


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What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don't

(28) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 12:44 PM

No single challenge has been greater for me as a leader than learning how to take better care of the people I lead, and to create a safe, supportive space in which they can thrive. Like most men I know, I grew up with very little modeling around empathy --...

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You Can't Do Your Job If You Don't Sleep

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:18 AM

The first morning I met Kevin Crain, a Managing Director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, he was feeling tired, as he did most days.

We were at a conference Kevin was hosting for the institutional retirement team and a group of their corporate clients. He'd invited me to the event...

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Ten Principles to Live by in Fiercely Complex Times

(10) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 9:23 AM

If you're like most people I work with in companies, the demands come at you from every angle, all day long, and you have to make difficult decisions without much time to think about them. What enduring principles can you rely on to make choices that reflect openness, integrity and...

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The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

(15) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 10:02 AM

"How can I get 7-8 hours of sleep when I'm with my kids from the moment I arrive home, and I need some time for myself before bed?"

"How can I find time to exercise when I have to get up early in the morning and I'm exhausted by the...

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Why I Appreciate Starbucks

(18) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 9:25 AM

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, is not an empty suit.

It's not just that Schultz doesn't favor suits (at the talk I heard him give last week, he was wearing a cardigan sweater) but also that he has a heart, which he is willing to wear on his sleeve,...

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Take Back Control of Your Work (and Your Life)

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 7:22 AM

I just got back from the SXSW interactive conference in Austin. I went there to give a talk about fueling sustainable productivity by balancing periods of fully absorbed attention with intermittent renewal.

Peering out into that vast hall, I fear I saw the future: a sea of the digital elite...

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30 Things We Need -- and 30 We Don't

(36) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 10:20 AM

Do you have the feeling, as I do, that in the overwhelm of everyday life, we're getting too much of stuff we don't need, and not enough of what we do? Herewith my first set of suggestions about how to redress the imbalance:

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Why Sleep Is More Important Than Food

(128) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 11:43 AM

Let's cut to the chase.

Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You'd probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you'd be...

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Take Back Your Attention

(11) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 12:24 PM

As I sit down to write this blog, I'm facing a blank page. I know it's going to be difficult, because it always is. Maybe I'll just check my email first, or update on Facebook or Twitter, or read the morning headlines on The New York Times, or sneak a...

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A 90-Minute Plan for Personal Effectiveness

(8) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 7:13 AM

For nearly a decade now, I've begun my workdays by focusing for 90 minutes, uninterrupted, on the task I decide the night before is the most important one I'll face the following day. After 90 minutes, I take a break.

To make this possible, I turn off my email while...

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Six Keys to Changing Almost Anything

(10) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 10:58 AM

Change is hard. New Year's resolutions almost always fail. But at The Energy Project, we have developed a way of making changes that has proved remarkably powerful and enduring, both in my own life and for the corporate clients to whom we teach it.

Our method is grounded...

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6 Ways to Recharge Every Day

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 8:14 AM

Are you working longer hours, attending more meetings, taking shorter vacations, answering more e-mails and eating lunch at your desk, if you eat lunch at all?

Does demand in your life just keep getting higher, so you're struggling more and more just to keep up? Are you utterly sick of...

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Six Ingredients for a Good Life

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 10:46 AM

I ended my most recent post with this line:

"The true measure of greatness is our capacity to navigate between our opposites with agility and grace -- to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never to stop trying to get better."

Over the past week, I've thought...

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