Why Hotel Magnate, Chip Conley, Is Getting Emotional

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He built the second largest boutique hotel group in the world, Joie de Vivre…then flatlined on stage while giving a keynote before thousands.

Chip Conley survived, but this experience was a bit of a wake-up call. One that set in motion a different path. For years, Conley had been a deep student of human behavior and the psychology of success. That interest, along with two decades building his company, led him to write the New York Times bestseller, PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow.

Now, having sold a controlling interest in Joie de Vivre to Hyatt, Conley is back with more thoughts on the human condition, sharing a bit of a radical approach to cultivating the mindset needed to succeed in business and in life. And he’s combining math with emotion in his new book, Emotional Equations.

So I sat down with Chip to find out what this science meets mood approach was all about. Here’s what unfolded…

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6 responses

6 responses to “Why Hotel Magnate, Chip Conley, Is Getting Emotional”

  1. Kristine says:

    I enjoyed your interview with Chip because he has taken back the reins of his life … and especially enjoyed your Full Disclosure … may you gain many Dark Chocolate bars!

  2. Kathy VK says:

    Loved this! Just contributed to your chocolate fund … just remember, moderation in all things – even chocolate – don’t want you to get fat.

  3. Jonathan,
    I’m actually scheduling the time to watch this. Chip is a legend in so many ways, but his work has struck me more than anything as infused with a real human take on life. He shows us that being vulnerable is actually a stepping stone. So looking forward to this and sharing it. Hope you get that yacht. @JudyMartin8

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing this. In my experience negative emotions have been indicators of something being off. In the same way that physical pain occurs. I think many times we are afraid to admit emotional pain or even accept feeling them.

    It puts it into perspective that we need a 3:1 ratio, especially when thinking about how contagious emotions can be. All of the positivity in the world could land someone into a fantasy life, making them incapable of connecting with others who feel pain. I guess the 1(%) keeps us grounded 😉

  5. Cathy Miller says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Jonathan. This resonated with me on many levels. In 2008, I walked away from a 30+ year corporate career to start my own business writing company. I would bet I was one step away from flatlining myself.

    Every day I work on the positive. There is so much expended energy in the negative side. I find peace in the positive. I’m still very much a work-in-progress and enjoy new resources like this.

    Thank you.

  6. Aaron says:

    Jonathan: Thanks for sharing this interview. Very illuminating.