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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Lifeby Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander
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Maybe: A simple yet powerful mindset for coping with stress and worry
Allison Carmen spent many years fighting a powerful addiction. It wasnt drugs, alcohol or fame. It was an addiction to certainty. If she didnt know what the future would bring and who does? she felt anxious and afraid. This decades-long struggle followed her through college, marriage, parenthood, and a successful law career. While everything seemed fine from the outside, Allison was in a constant battle that was unwinnable, sapping her energy, attention, and spirit. Until the day she discovered The Gift of Maybe.
Maybe is a simple yet powerful philosophy that has transformed Allisons life, and the life of her many clients (now that she has ditched her legal career and has become a successful life coach). The message is this: In the face of uncertainty, Maybe opens your mind and heart. It creates a little space for hope. It allows you to take a deep breath, stay in the present, and forge your own path.
Many things in life are beyond our control, but the mindset of Maybe presents a simple, powerful way to stay connected to whats possible, and work to make it happen. It is just one change of perspective, but Maybe it changes everything!
What leaders in any field can learn from legendary conductors and their mixtures of control and letting go.
A conductor in front of his orchestra is an iconic symbol of leadership—but what does a maestro actually do in order to create unity, excellence and harmony? And how can a leader in other fields, remote from violin playing and Mozart, benefit from observing orchestral conductors?
Itay Talgam explores the different ways a maestro can work with his orchestra, by examining the leadership styles of six of the most famous and distinctive conductors of all time: the commanding Ricardo Muti, the fatherly and passionate Arturo Toscanini, the calm Richard Strauss, the guru-like Herbert von Karajan, the dancing Carlos Kleiber, and the master of dialogue Leonard Bernstein.
Against the backdrop of traditional controlling leadership, Talgam shows how great contemporary leadership mixes control and letting go, promotes new knowledge by choosing to be ignorant, creates unity through embracing gaps, and enhances leadership effectiveness by adopting keynote listening.
Using the same universal tools, leaders can conduct their organizations to their maximum potential—whether in business, education, government, sports, or any other field.
A harmoniously interwoven collection of perspectives that provides a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life, "The Art of Possibility" is "as applicable in the workplace as it is in an intimate relationship" ("The Boston Globe").
About the Author
Rosamund Stone Zander is a family therapist, leadership coach, and landscape painter.
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Table of Contents
An Invitation to Possibility
Launching the Journey
1. It's All Invented
2. Stepping into a Universe of Possibility
3. Giving an A
4. Being a Contribution
5. Leading from Any Chair
6. Rule Number 6
7. The Way Things Are
8. Giving Way to Passion
9. Lighting a Spark
10. Being the Board
11. Creating Frameworks for Possibility
12. Telling the WE Story
A Guide to the Stories
About the Authors
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