At Conscious Capitalism 2015, which was held in Chicago April 7-9, Tony Schwartz from The Energy Project took the stage. He didn’t just slowly step onto the platform. He didn’t shake someone’s hand and then turn to the audience. He walked purposefully into the room from the back doors. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was playing loudly on the overhead speakers. As he walked up the long aisle, his arms were raised above his head, clapping to the beat. Within seconds, the audience of 400 was on its feet. Full of energy.

A fitting start to a presentation from the man who founded The Energy Project. Here are some of the fantastic ideas Tony shared.

“About Capacity”

We take capacity for granted. If you don’t have sufficient capacity, you have a problem.

We need to find a rhythmic relationship between stress and recovery. Not too much stress or too much rest, but the ability to make intermittent waves between them.

Most of us see stress as the enemy, but we need it to help us grow and expand our capacity.

It isn’t just the number of hours, but the energy we are capable of bringing in those hours.

If we are running on empty, we breakdown, burn out and get sick.

“About Leadership Virtues”

No virtue is one by itself.

When we are tired, burned out, threatened, our strengths are in overdrive. We are unable to ask what else might be true.

Good leaders hold flexible movement between thinking and feeling. They see more and exclude less.

Good leaders need to go deeper, wider and longer.
If you want to read more about Tony, check out his blog.

 

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