The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility

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The Art of Possibility offers a set of breakthrough practices for creativity in all human enterprises. This inspirational book is a synthesis of Rosamund Stone Zander's knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander's experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Infused with the energy of their dynamic partnership, the book joins together Ben's extraordinary talent as a mover and shaker, teacher, and communicator with Rosamund's genius for creating innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment. In lively counterpoint, the authors provide us with a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of our lives.

The Zanders' deceptively simple practices are based on two premises: that life is composed as a story ("it's all invented") and that, with new definitions, much more is possible than people ordinarily think. The book shifts our perspective with uplifting stories, parables, and anecdotes. From "Giving an A" to the mysterious "Rule Number 6" to "Leading from Any Chair"--the account of Ben's stunning realization that the conductor/leader's power is directly linked to how much greatness he is willing to grant to others--each practice offers an opportunity for personal and organizational transformation.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780875847702
Branch Call Number: 153.7 ZANDER
Characteristics: ix, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Zander, Benjamin 1939-


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Apr 03, 2019

Good read, which was thought-provoking and enjoyable in its format of two authors each with their own expertise in interpersonal and group dynamics. Ben Zander utilizes examples from his experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, a community organization, which I found instructive. Rosamund Stone Zander's counseling work also sheds light on how we can improve our outlook. Remember rule #6: don't take yourself so seriously!

Apr 12, 2017

After enjoying Ben Zander's enormously uplifting video, I discovered The Art of Possibility (Rosamund Stone Zander & Ben Zander) on my boyfriend's bookshelf. Bingo! Ben's enthusiasm and Rosamund's enlightening life perspective lift this book into the realm of one of the greats for me. They present deep truths about life here that anyone with a wise mentor or life guide (aka a wise grandmother/grandfather) has taught them... but, for the rest of us, reading The Art of Possibility will fill that role. Ben and Rosamund explain (via 12 "rules") that the actual possibilities in any one life at any moment are more than we have been taught in our upbringing, and more than we can imagine. Excellent book for any artist, entrepreneur, innovator, therapist/counsellor, teacher, parent, teenager... well, anyone!

SquamishLibraryStaff Apr 07, 2016

A thought-provoking, uplifting read presented in digestible chapters that made me want to revisit the ideas long after I'd finished the book.

So many ways to apply it to both work and personal life!


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