The Art of Possibility
Rosamund Zander & Benjamin Zander
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Not exceptional and long winded, but not entirely bad
I was encouraged to read this book by my manager. Rather than being written by business mangers, it is written by creative professionals and reads as such. Rather than being prescriptive and direct it has a tendency to wander through examples that relate to the points being made. If you are a right brain thinker (like myself) the book is difficult to relate to because it is overly fluffy, optimistic (love and everyone getting along) figure too much into the theories of developing vision and building opportunities.
Probably one of the easiest rule to call upon when situations appear hopeless. This was a great book .... opening up a world of new Possibilities.
Challenging & Worth It!
The Art of Possibility will immediately appeal to creative types, but also has the bona fides to go well beyond that stereotype. Not just a new-age-reawakening feel-good essay, the work is actually built of substantive research and practical experience.
I can attest that Ben (half of the author duo) very much practices the concepts and skills revealed in the book - to impressive effect!
My problem is that every time a loan out a copy to students and/or clients, I almost never get it back.