First published February 9, 2009
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander is a magnificent book on leadership. As a life-long musician and the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, Ben Zander has become an inspirational teacher who is now taking his leadership philosophy out into the corporate world as a motivational speaker. Rosamund Stone Zander is a respected therapist who helps individuals and groups find their way to the “impossible.” Even if you do not consider yourself a leader or are not interested in becoming a leader, there are still many lessons to learn from the practices the Zanders recommend in this book.
Someone sent me a YouTube video of Ben making a presentation at one of the TED conferences. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design but the TED Talks are more commonly known by their mission, “ideas worth spreading.” An extraordinary collection of innovative thought leaders make presentations at TED each year. You can view a selection of the very best at www.TED.com. I was so impressed by the video that I immediately ordered the book. The contagious passion I saw at work in the video permeated the book as well.