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Zander, Benjamin and Zander, Rosamund Stone, The Art of Possibility, 2002

The Zanders draw on their very different perspectives to create a how-to manual for changing your perspective, and sailing “into a vast universe of possibility.”

Ben Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and an accomplished teacher, speaker and leader. Roz Zander is a family therapist, with a strong theoretical background. Together they weave stories and theories to describe a series of “practices” with the potential to change the way you approach your business and your daily life.

If you keep a journal, several practices described here could inspire you to write your way to personal growth. For example, in the chapter on “giving an A,” Ben talks about the advanced performance class in which he announced that every student would earn an A. The one requirement was that each student write a letter, dated at the end of the term, beginning with the words, “Dear Mr. Zander, I got my A because…” The students wrote from a future perspective, and in the process were able to envision the kind of performers they needed to become.

Although the Art of Possibility is billed in part as a business book, this is not a guide to overcoming obstacles and meeting strategic objectives. Instead, it seeks to open you to the potential for achieving great things as the result of becoming a more centered person.

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