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Chip Conley

How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow

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Peak by Chip Conley is a guide to aging, which shows that midlife can be the start of a period of growth, exploration and purpose. It offers insights into the challenges of midlife and practical strategies for thriving in the third chapter of life.

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    During the 2001 economic crisis, the author discovered a new way of conducting business.

    Have you ever found yourself downhearted and unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Sometimes all it takes to pull yourself out of a time of crisis is a good book. This is exactly what happened to the author, successful hotelier Chip Conley.

    Like many businesses, the author’s chain of twenty boutique hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area suffered badly during the recession in 2001.

    The impact of the bursting dot-com bubble hit this region especially hard due to the many internet startups based in the area. Many businesses lost customers and money, Conley’s hotels among them.

    One day, struggling to cope with the grim state of his business, Conley left the office to take a walk around town. He soon found himself in a bookstore, browsing the psychology section and recognizing a book he vaguely recalled from his days in college.

    That book was Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow, a classic in human psychology. The book focuses on self-actualization and finding peak experiences, or those high points of bliss in everyday life and work.

    The author immersed himself in the book, reading for several hours, soon realizing what he had to do: reconnect with the dream that inspired him to start his business in the first place.

    He would return to the initial idea of creating a business where his customers, employees, investors, and even he himself, would find joy and fulfillment.

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    What is Peak about?

    Peak (2007) reveals how hotelier Chip Conley became inspired by a book on psychology and applied it to his own successful business philosophy. These blinks show us how we can find lasting success and happiness by shifting away from fixating on profit and instead focusing on creating positive relationships with customers and investors.

    Peak Review

    Peak (2007) by Chip Conley is a book that explores how we can achieve our potential and find fulfillment in all areas of life. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies and insights for reaching our highest potential, helping us lead more fulfilling and successful lives.
    • The book combines real-life stories and research, making it a credible and relatable resource for anyone looking to improve their personal and professional growth.
    • With its engaging narrative and thought-provoking ideas, Peak keeps readers hooked from start to finish, ensuring that it is far from boring.

    Who should read Peak?

    • Anyone who owns or runs a company
    • Anyone who wants to find more meaning in their work
    • Anyone who wants to be more appreciative of good service

    About the Author

    Chip Conley established Joie de Vivre Hospitality in 1987, when he was just 26 years old. It has since grown into a prize-winning boutique hotel company. He is also a popular author and public speaker. His previous books include The Rebel Rules and Marketing That Matters.


    ©Chip Conley: Peak copyright 2007, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of Peak is that embracing age and experience can lead to a fulfilling and successful life.

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    Who is the author of Peak?

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