Presenting 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility 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 us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.
©2000 Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
This book opened my thoughts, feelings, and made me feel like I could reinvent my life for the better. Mostly, the book stirred my joy and excitement!
There are so many memorable moments in this book. There is so much to learn and take in, I am still processing what I have learned and trying to apply it to my life. But, I think the most memorable practices in their teachings are "It's all invented" and "Giving an A" because these were the first and easiest for me to put into practice, and have made a positive impact.
No, I wanted to savor it over a few days. And I am reading it again.
This book is beautifully produced and read by the authors. Each practice is underscored by classical music, great storytelling, and believable, authentic narrations by both authors.
Yes. Both authors bring their own story and personalities to life as well as the music in this audiobook, tells so much of the story and makes it real. I couldn't imagine how it could be so engaging in print. If you have it in print, catch the wow factor with the audio!
Their personalities, their inflections and tonality brings the examples to present time and real life. They became my companions and advisors through out the book.
The Practices are brilliant. I did take some notes on my iPhone as I listened. I couldn't help but want to capture the action steps they give to engage in "the practice".
This one climbed it's way right to my top favorite! What a joy to listen to and the perspective and information has me feeling as though I have lifted or elevated my own thinking and actions! (with more to come as I further apply what I've learned ;)
If you only hear one audiobook this year, make it this one. And, yes, listen to it. Because Ben Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, many of their examples are based on musical metaphors, and to miss that is to lose out on some of the beauty and generosity of the book. Plus, Mr Zander and his wife are uncommonly good narrators probably because they have taught this material so often in public.
When I am conscious of my role as the filter and framer of my own reality, it becomes simpler to alter what I see and experience. This is not airy-fairy, ceiling-surfing, It's a design for practical acceptance of life as it is. Instead of being tedious and colorless, however, this island of "what is" opens into the surrounding sea of unlimited possibility. This is where art and commerce are one, where passion and precision are one, and where you and I are one.
Truly an inspiring book! The author's insights into motivating and productively interacting with other people helped me think about social situations in an entirely new light. The authors do a very good job narrating their own work, and the bits of classical music add a wonderful touch.
Secret change agent, talent effectiveness consultant, & grad student in Org. Development at Pepperdine University's School of Business MGT.
Interesting, original, amusing, and quite enjoyable. Simple approach with equal parts inspiration & practicality. Thumbs up.
Alternating between the authors was far more engaging than a single voice. Being narrated by the authors also gave more authenticity.
The language would be considered sexist now. Using the female as the generic pronoun for all people was encouraged in some fields in the 1990s, but is discouraged because it is sexist.
As with any great book that is actually useful, getting the full impact out of this one will take focus, conscientiousness, and hard work over time. I plan to buy the paperback of this book, and then listen to it again, allowing the gifted and accomplished writers (gifted both in accomplishment and in their delivery in this recording) to walk me through the pages as I highlight and take notes. You will brim with ideas you can implement in the immediate, and also be gifted the tools to structure a different future mindset.
Thoughtful, humble. Loved this book. I just bought it for some friends who are educators, as well as musicians. I can't wait to hear their reaction to it.
"Fantastic book to help re-frame the world!"
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in developing different perspectives on the world at large. It is written in a way that keeps you interested and the two part attacked from Mr and Mrs Zander is nothing short of inspiring!
This is not really a fiction book with many characters as such. However I would comment that Ben Zander has such an infectious personality that you can't help but smile listening to his perspectives.
The reading was incredibly well done and really helped to keep the book engaging throughout.
I rarely listen to a book in one sitting as I have a busy life, but I definitely went through this book very quickly and would have happily listened to it in one sitting if life would allow it!
Useful tools, illustrated with real and genuine stories. A fantastic piece of work. Thanks for creating this incredible audio-book
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