Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Ben Zander at Davos and "The Art of Possibility"
Thought I should share this video, it is very long but well worth watching. I spent a week in London last summer doing a conducting course with Ben Zander and it was one of the most challenging and also transforming weeks of my life. This video shows a talk that he does all around the world to leaders in all branches of life and it draws on principles which he espouses constantly in daily life (during the course we went along to one for around a thousand executives of Deloitte). Our course was focussed on conducting but more on looking at our attitudes in life and the way we interacted with others than technique which so many others focus on. At first I dismissed it all as the same old positive thinking stuff you always hear, but perhaps because it is very much based in something important to me - classical music and specifically conducting - I actually think it is very good. It is accessible even if you're not a classical music enthusiast because the talk itself is normally given to non classical music fans. And if you really like it then it's well worth getting the book he co-authored with his wife "The Art of Possibility". [Not sure why I'm suddenly plugging so many books on here]