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Weekend Reads: How to Get Your Mojo From Chip Conley

At the age of 26, with no industry experience, Chip Conley transformed a seedy San Francisco motel into The Phoenix, a world-renowned “rock ‘n roll hotel” catering to celebrities from David Bowie to Linda Ronstadt. Now you can learn how he did that–and much more.

Building on transformational leadership practices and an innovative design formula, Conley’s company, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, now consists of over 40 unique and award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas across California. Voted the Bay Area’s Most Innovative CEO by the SF Business Times in 2007 and selected as one of four finalists for “Corporate Hotelier of World” by Hotels magazine in 2008, Conley has over 3,000 employees and his company generates revenues approaching $250 million.

His most recent book, PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, offers prescriptions for success based on the ideas of Abraham Maslow and his “hierarchy of human needs.” Conley shows how employees, customers and investors are ultimately motivated by peak experiences. And he shows how to create them—using real-world examples from his own company as well as anecdotes from other hyper-successful companies. Stay tuned to Big Think for an interview with Chip Conley and learn more about how to get your mojo on.


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