Chip Conley

Wisdom is about pattern recognition. And the older you are, the more patterns you’ve seen. There’s an old saying I love: “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” In the digital era, libraries — and elders — aren’t quite as popular as they used to be. But wisdom never grows old.

Chip Conley

Freeing up the mind is a good way to get to inspiration. We fill our lives with so little space. Inspiration looks for crevices to parachute into. The fewer crevices you create in your life, the less likely you are to have inspiration come through you. You need to allow yourself to be a vessel so that something can come through you.

Chip Conley

You can see who’s most powerful in a society based on who has the tallest buildings. Two hundred years ago it was cathedrals. Fifty years ago it was a government building. Today, in most urban areas, the power rests with business and skyscrapers. Business is the most powerful influence in the world today. Fifty-four of the 100 most powerful entities in the world today are … [ Read more ]

How to Become an Effective CEO: Chief Emotions Officer

Here is an article by Chip Conley (founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about what makes people tick) and based on his new book, Emotional Equations. Four equations covered:
DESPAIR = SUFFERING – MEANING
HAPPINESS = WANTING WHAT YOU HAVE / HAVING WHAT YOU WANT
ANXIETY = UNCERTAINTY x POWERLESSNESS
CURIOSITY = WONDER + AWE

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Chip Conley

[Chip Conley believes that] for most people, networking, building social relationships with strangers at, for instance, events and functions, was seen as a task. That mindset held true for many of the other actions required to build power–they were tasks. Tasks, he said, are things like taking out the garbage. You don’t try to develop your “skill” at taking out the garbage, you don’t think … [ Read more ]