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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander

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Title:The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Authors:Rosamund Stone Zander
Other authors:Benjamin Zander
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2002), Paperback, 224 pages
Tags:non-fiction, self-improvement, at.S

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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander (2000)

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I'd give it 4.5 stars and highly recommend the audiobook. ( )
  allriledup | Aug 11, 2018 |
"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." The Zanders propose and illustrate a type of cognitive-psychological-reboot to one's thinking and approach to life. It's an antidote to our frantic, consumerist, competitive, sensationalist culture. Their enthusiasm, energy, and humor are quite contagious. We need more of this. A lot more. ( )
  DFratini | Apr 23, 2018 |
What I most appreciate about this book is that the twelve valuable practices are novel. It's hard to come up with an orthogonal approach in this space. It's the authors' combined background in a creative field and a counseling field that give them a different base of experiences to draw from compared to the typical experiences we see in this genre, yet alone from Harvard Business School Press. The reader will gain a new lens for viewing their world, and with plenty of interesting and moving stories to make the points set. ( )
  jpsnow | Jul 22, 2017 |
They are only faking it. ( )
  johnclaydon | Apr 30, 2017 |
The best book I have read in forever. Beyond self-help and hackneyed relational tips and tricks, this book outlines a blueprint for how to live in the world -- with yourself, with others, at home, at work, in every way humans live -- by revising your world view. Eminently practical and satisfyingly woo-woo at the same time. ( )
  CoffeePat | Aug 28, 2016 |
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The lure of this book's promise starts with the assumption in its title. Possibility--that big, all-encompassing, wide-open-door concept--is an art? Well, who doesn't want to be a skilled artist, whether in the director's chair, the boardroom, on the factory floor, or even just in dealing with life's everyday situations? Becoming an artist, however, requires discipline, and what the authors of The Art of Possibility offer is a set of practices designed to "initiate a new approach to current conditions, based on uncommon assumptions about the nature of the world."

If that sounds a little too airy-fairy for you, don't be put off; this is no mere self-improvement book, with a wimpy mandate to transform its readers into "nicer" people. Instead, it's a collection of illustrations and advice that suggests a way to change your entire outlook on life and, in the process, open up a new realm of possibility. Consider, for example, the practice of "Giving an A," whether to yourself or to others. Not intended as a way to measure someone's performance against standards, this practice instead recognizes that "the player who looks least engaged may be the most committed member of the group," and speaks to their passion rather than their cynicism. It creates possibility in an interaction and does away with power disparities to unite a team in its efforts. Or consider "Being the Board," where instead of defining yourself as a playing piece, or even as the strategist, you see yourself as the framework for the entire game. In this scenario, assigning blame or gaining control becomes futile, while seeking to become an instrument for effective partnerships becomes possible.

Packed with such examples of personal and professional interactions, the book presents complex ideas on perception and recognition in a readable, useable style. The authors' combined, eclectic experience in music and painting (as well as family therapy and executive workshops) infuses their examples with vibrant color and sound. The relevance to corporate situations and relationships is well developed, and they don't rely on dry case studies to do it. Indeed, this book assumes the emotional intelligence and desire to engage of its reader, promising access to the rewards of that door-opening notion--possibility--in return. --S. Ketchum

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Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, this book is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. It combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment. The authors' harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite readers to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.… (more)

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