Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile

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What do you count? It’s common to count numbers and/or count on people. But is that what is truly important? Can we measure what it truly worthwhile to us?

Chip Conley

With no intention of building a traditional company — or becoming a conventional CEO when he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality at age 26 — what Chip Conley has done instead is build a business with a reputation that clearly speaks to its mission statement, “Creating opportunities to celebrate the joy of life.” This was his intention 20 years ago when he opened his first property, and it continues to drive his company today — cultivating happy employees and engaging loyal and satisfied customers who refuse to stay anywhere else. Chip has established himself as one of the world’s best-known hoteliers. A respected business leader and author, he is regularly consulted for his opinions, guidance and wisdom on building and maintaining a successful and innovative enterprise — involving areas such as organizational leadership, creative business development, corporate social responsibility and spirit in business.  Chip is the author of The Rebel Rules: Daring to be Yourself in Business , a book in which Sir Richard Branson writes in the foreword, “God bless the rebels…business can be the greatest vehicle for social change {and} this book serves as a handbook for people who want to make a difference.” Chip’s latest book is Marketing that Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business and Change the World, part of publisher Berrett-Koehler’s socially responsible business series with the Social Venture Network. Chip and co-author Eric Friedenwald-Fishman have written a practical guide to selling what you do, without selling-out who you are. In his next book, Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow, Chip will tell his own unique story and share his prescription for building and sustaining a successful business, based on lessons learned from famed psychologist Abraham Maslow. Peak will be released by publisher Jossey-Bass in September 2007. Chip is a member of the Global Business Network, Social Venture Network, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He has received numerous hospitality industry awards including Guerrilla Marketer of the Year, Emerging Growth Company of the Year, National Humanitarian Hospitality Company of the Year, Northern California Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year, and E-Marketer of the World. Chip received his BA (’82) and MBA (’84) from Stanford University.

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